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MBA FAQs

What is the Massachusetts Bar Association?
Incorporated in 1911, the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) is a private non-profit professional organization that represents a diverse group of attorneys, judges and legal professionals. As the largest voluntary general membership bar association in the commonwealth, the MBA is the preeminent voice of the legal profession in Massachusetts. The MBA serves the legal profession and the public by promoting the administration of justice, legal education, professional excellence and respect for the law.

Note: The Massachusetts Bar Association is not affiliated with the commonwealth of Massachusetts, nor is it responsible for attorney licensure or discipline. 

How do I become a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association?
Join online or contact the MBA Member Service Center via phone at (617) 338-0530, or toll-free at (877) 676-6500.

When does the membership year begin?
The Massachusetts Bar Association membership year runs Sept. 1 - Aug. 31.

What benefits does the MBA offer?
Education, advocacy, networking, volunteer and mentoring opportunities, insurance, referrals — these are just some of the many reasons to belong to the Massachusetts Bar Association.

We also provide access to services and tools to help you sharpen your practice and manage your work-life balance.

How much does it cost to join the MBA?
Dues for Massachusetts Bar Association members vary depending on membership category. Visit here for the latest dues schedule.

How do I update my member information?
To update your address, telephone number, email address, billing information, etc., click here, email Member Services or call (617) 338-0530.

How many sections can I belong to?
Unlimited section membership is included as part of your MBA membership. The majority of MBA members belong to one or more sections, or the Young Lawyers Division, to keep current with developments in the law and expand contacts in the legal profession. Visit here to find out more.

How can I get involved in MBA leadership?
The short answer is become active with the MBA!

Each association year (Sept. 1 - Aug. 31), a new House of Delegates governs the business of the MBA. MBA Officers include the president, president-elect, vice president, treasurer and secretary, and each fulfills a one-year term. The president is responsible for selecting the association's executive board and section leadership. Section council chairs select a group of 10-15 legal professionals to serve on their respective councils. The section councils are responsible for much of the association's activity throughout the year under the leadership of officers. Officers and section chairs, along with the two immediate past presidents, regional delegates, at-large delegates and representatives of MBA's affiliated bar associations, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and the Massachusetts ABA delegate, comprise the House of Delegates.

To see the full MBA Bylaws, which govern the association (including leadership selection), visit here.

What kind of insurance is available to MBA members?
MBA members have immediate access to exclusive insurance programs designed and negotiated annually by the MBA's own insurance committee: the MBA Insurance Agency. They build coverage specifically tailored for lawyers who practice in Massachusetts. The MBA Insurance Agency offers coverage for professional liability, auto and umbrella, health and dental, and life and disability.

Does the Massachusetts Bar Association license or discipline attorneys in Massachusetts?
No. The Board of Bar Overseers (BBO) is the licensing entity for practicing attorneys in Massachusetts. You can look up attorneys online via the BBO's website, or by phone at (617) 728-8800.