Dues structure and rates

Join the Massachusetts Bar Association and benefit from the many tools and opportunities the association offers. An MBA membership runs from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, and dues are nonrefundable. 

Questions about an MBA membership? Contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or memberservices@massbar.org.

2017-18 MBA Prorated Membership Dues*

Bar Admission Dues
Law student FREE
Admitted to the bar in 2017 FREE
Admitted to bar in 2016 $99 $49.50
Admitted to bar 2013 - 2015 $135 $67.50
Admitted to bar 2008 - 2012 $300 $150
Admitted to bar 2007 and prior $410 $205
Sustaining member**Dues + $150
Life member (50 years at bar) FREE
Sitting MA & federal judiciary FREE

*March 1-Aug. 31, 2018

**The sustaining member category applies to those members who demonstrate a high level of commitment to both the association and the profession.

Special Membership Categories

Category Dues
Government attorney
Full-time government employee or legislator
$170 $85
Lawyers in transition $165 $82.50
Legal services attorneys $160 $80
Paralegal/legal assistant
Full-time paralegal or legal assistant
$160 $80
Retired attorney $160 $80
Affiliated professional
Non-lawyer, e.g. social worker, doctor, etc.
$195 $97.50
Law professor
Teaching full-time, not in private practice
$195 $97.50
Out-of-state attorney
Attorney's principal office is located outside Massachusetts
$200 $100

Tax information

Massachusetts Bar Association dues are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductable as an ordinary and necessary business expense, subject to restrictions imposed as a result of association lobbying activities. The MBA estimates that the non-deductible portion of dues allocable to lobbying is 9 percent.

Dues waiver

If approved, all members are expected to pay 50 percent of his or her membership dues. Waivers will not be granted for more than three consecutive years.