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Serving the federal practitioner and the federal judiciary since 1920.

The Federal Bar Association (FBA) is dedicated to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of attorneys involved in federal law. With more than 19,000 members—including 1,500 federal judges—its members run the gamut of federal practice, from small to large firms, corporations and federal agencies. The FBA serves as the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors. 

Membership Demographics At A Glance

Joining the FBA entitles you to membership within the national organization as well as within your local FBA chapter. Members receive a host of special benefits designed to uphold the mission of the FBA and support each member’s career within the federal legal system. Association activities and member benefits are organized into five primary categories.

The organization’s headquarters are located outside of Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., giving it the proximity necessary to remain engaged on behalf of its members.
  • Government relations efforts as defined by the FBA Issues Agenda 
  • Annual Capitol Hill Day 
  • Monthly updates on recent government relations developments

Networking and Leadership
The FBA is large enough to have an impact on the federal legal profession, but small enough to provide opportunities for networking and leadership. The FBA is governed by a 15-member, elected, Board of Directors and numerous volunteer members.

  • More than 100 chapters across all federal circuits 
  • 24 practice area sections 
  • 6 career divisions 
  • Volunteer leadership opportunities within each chapter, section, and division

The FBA offers more than 700 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) at both the national and local level throughout the year.

  • National CLE conferences 
  • Opportunity to receive up to 12 FREE CLE credits via audio webinars* 
  • Local chapter-sponsored CLE events

Publications and Communication
As part of your membership, you will receive and have access to:

  • The Federal Lawyer magazine (10x per year) 
  • Weekly eNewsletter 
  • Section, division, and chapter newsletters 
  • Judicial Profile Index (archived)

Legal Career Center
The Legal Career Center is an online resource for both employers looking to hire and job seekers looking for a position within the federal legal community. Employers have the option of posting jobs available to the FBA Legal Career Center only, or to the Legal Job Exchange Network that reaches thousands of potential candidates through the network of partner job boards. Job seekers have free access and can use the Legal Career Center to post resumes, search for jobs, and prepare for interviews, as they launch their careers.

Member-Only Advantages

  • Member Plus affinity program 
  • Online membership directory 
  • Optional public directory listing 
  • Online specialty items catalog 
  • Discounted rates for CLE, networking events, publications, and other services

 *This is subject to MCLE requirements for your state. Please note that some states do not approve distance learning credits.


Hardship Application-Hurricane Assistance

Members who are experiencing extreme financial hardship because of recent natural disasters and hurricanes may apply for the FBA’s waiver of dues for one annual membership period.

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