Massachusetts Bar Associations

Massachusetts is home to the fourth-highest concentration of attorneys in the country, with a ratio of 14.5 lawyers for every 10,000 residents. With that many lawyers in such a relatively small place, it is not surprising that there are several bar associations located exclusively in the state of Massachusetts.

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Most lawyers in Massachusetts belong to the Massachusetts Bar Association, which is one of the several bar associations that allow attorneys from all over the state to join. Other bar associations in Massachusetts that do not limit their memberships by geographic scope tend to be special-interest bar associations that exist to promote very specific interest groups. These special interests range from focused practice areas to minority groups. Some examples of these special-interest bar associations are the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, and the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts.

There are also several bar associations in Massachusetts that are limited by geographic scope. Most of these region-specific bar associations are limited by general economic region, such as the Worcester County Bar Association, the Lawrence Bar Association, and the Hampshire County Bar Association. However, the city of Boston is also home to a regional bar association of its own, called the Boston Bar Association.