The North Carolina State Bar is a mandatory regulatory legal organization that promotes and advocates for lawyers in the state. It also regulates the practice of law in North Carolina and ensures all bar-admitted lawyers follow the outlined ethical and professional standards of the state bar.
It is not to be confused with the North Caroline Bar Association, which is a separate law society for which membership is voluntary. The North Carolina State Bar has over 22,000 members of which 3100 are out-of-state attorneys.
It does not play a role in administering the state bar exam. Instead, that role falls to the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners, which is another separate entity from the state bar.
A council of elected members governs the NCSB. Most of the members are elected from the state’s 42 individual districts. Three members, however, are appointed by the North Carolina governor. The council meets on a regular basis to adopt regulations by which bar members are expected to abide. The state bar further requires all members to complete 12 CLE or Continued Legal Education credits.
Members who join and are admitted to the state bar receive a number of benefits in exchange for their dues. For example, they can access CLE dates, locations, and costs on the state bar’s website. Some of the courses are offered online while others are held in physical locations around the state.
Further, lawyers can access wellness programs designed to promote their physical and mental well-being. These programs come at no additional costs to them. They can take advantage of them as needed as long as they pay their annual dues to the organization.
The public in North Carolina can also use resources offered at no cost on the NCSB website. The primary resource available to everyone in the state is a free attorney directory. People can search for attorneys based on their location or legal specialty. Further, members of the public can also file a dispute about their lawyers on the NCSB website. Their dispute will be investigated by the state bar, and the attorney could be disciplined if found in violation of the bar’s protocols. Clients could also have their attorney fees refunded.
Anyone wanting to contact the NYSB can send a message via its website. The physical address for the North Carolina State Bar is 217 East Edenton Street in Raleigh, 27601.