Top 10 Benefits of Membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association

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Philadelphia Bar Association
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Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911
Telephone: (215) 238-6300
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Membership fees for the Philadelphia Bar Association remain among the lowest fees charged by major urban bar associations throughout the United States.

Voting Members - First Year Attorneys

Attorneys admitted to practice before any court of record in the current year are entitled to a free, one-year membership. Section dues still apply. Attorneys who have previously been admitted to practice in another state do not qualify.

Voting Members

Those admitted to the Bar one year or more but less than two years, $99.00; two years or more but less than four years, $199.00; four years or more but less than ten years, $299.00; ten years or more, $399.00. Full-Time members of Law School Faculties may join as voting members.

Voting Public Sector Members

For those who are employed full time by a public interest agency or by a federal, state or local governmental agency, and who have never before been a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the first year's dues will be waived. Admitted to the Bar one year or more but less than two years, $50.00; two years or more but less than four years, $100.00; four years or more but less than ten years, $150.00; ten years or more, $200.00

Nonvoting Members

Maintaining a principal office for the practice of law in Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania, or Camden County, New Jersey, $175.00; Full-Time Members of Law School Faculties, $175.00; Law Firm Administrators, $130.00; Law Librarians, $130.00; Other Associate Members, $150.00; Paralegals, $65.00; Law Students, $20.00. Please note: Pursuant to section 100(A)(2) of the Association's bylaws, nonvoting members enjoy all privileges of Association membership EXCEPT the rights to vote and hold office.

Voting Members - Seniors

A regular member for at least 25 years who has reached the age of 70 years, or is 65 and retired from active practice. A written request must be made to become a Senior Member, $60.00.

Note: Your date of admission to the Bar shall be calculated from the date you were first admitted to practice before any court of record. Your first year’s fee shall be one-half the annual membership fee if you join on or after July 1, but before October 1. If you join after October 1, you pay no fee for the remainder of the calendar year, and your full fee amount is applied to the following year beginning January 1.