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The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) is a voluntary non-profit organization that does not have any disciplinary authority over attorneys and does not administer the Maryland Bar Exam. The MSBA’s mission is to provide attorneys and law students with opportunities to develop professionally, network, and be active in the community. Another goal of the MSBA is finding ways to diversify the legal profession.
MSBA provides numerous benefits to their members such as CLE’s, a career center, and even counseling for attorney members. Other features offered by the Maryland State Bar Association include a mentorship program which connects junior attorneys with more seasoned practitioners in an effort to ensure people receive competent legal representation. There is also an ethics hotline that provides attorneys with resource for dealing with the numerous ethical dilemmas that present themselves in the practice of law. MSBA also has a charitable arm known as the Maryland Bar Foundation that raises money to provide legal services for underrepresented individuals.
There are two types of membership in the Maryland State Bar Association: (1) attorney membership and (2) associate membership. Attorney membership is only open to licensed attorneys, but associate membership is open to law students, paralegals, and other legal professionals. Potential members can also join specialty sections such as the Bankruptcy Section, Family Law Section, or Criminal Law Section. Potential members must also fill out a membership application and pay an annual due which ranges from $100 to $150 for attorneys and $25 to $75 for associate members.
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