The New Jersey State Bar Association or NJSBA is a voluntary bar association that was founded in 1899. At the time of its founding, it had a membership of 74 attorneys who paid $5 apiece to join. The NJSBA today has a membership of more than 18,000 lawyers who practice in the state of New Jersey. In addition to lawyers, however, the NJSBA admits other legal professionals including paralegals, court clerks, and law office administrators.
The NJSBA encompasses more than 80 legal specialties within the state. It also has its own educational foundation as well as a continued education division, a lawyers assistance program, and a commission on professionalism. It shares office space in New Brunswick with the New Jersey Law Center.
Because membership to the NJSBA is voluntary, it does not have any role in regulating or administering discipline within the state’s legal industry. These obligations fall to the state’s judiciary. However, the organization does advocate for the legal profession as well the attorney members who belong to it. It accomplishes this through education as well as advocacy and diversity programs that it offers to members and the public.
Along with advocating for and educating its attorney members, the NJSBA also offers resources for people who join it. For example, attorneys have access to the organization’s new job bank. They can find career openings in cities throughout the state. This resource helps attorneys who do not have their own practices and have yet to join law firms.
The organization also serves the public by offering resources like its pro bono program. The program puts people in touch with lawyers who are willing to work on legal cases for free. This program helps people who have limited financial means and cannot afford to hire a lawyer of their own. People who do not qualify for pro bono work may qualify for prepaid or low cost legal services. Information about both programs can also be found on the NJSBA’s website.
Attorneys who want to earn CLE or Continued Legal Education credits can find ClE information on the NJSBA website. The information includes dates and costs for CLE courses as well as dates for examinations. CLE credits help attorneys maintain their licenses to practice law.
The NJSBA is located at One Constitution Square in New Brunswick, 08901. People can also contact the NJSBA on social networking sites like Twitter or Instagram.