Below are the frequently asked questions, related to NCBA membership:
To have a membership application faxed or mailed, please call Director of Membership, Joshua McIntyre at 1.800.662.7407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What is the difference between the North Carolina State Bar (NCSB) and the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA)?
A. The North Carolina State Bar is the regulatory body for the legal profession in the state. It is mandatory that all lawyers pay their annual dues to the State Bar. To reach the State Bar, please call (919) 828-4620.
The North Carolina Bar Association is a voluntary association serving the diverse needs of the legal profession with member services such as continuing legal education, legislative lobbying, specialty sections, public service activities and much more. The NCBA also has a Foundation, which has the primary objective of funding worthy projects or activities within the Association and the Foundation, as well as respond to other legally related needs in the community.
Q. What is the cost of membership?
A. The NCBA membership year runs from July 1 through June 30; dues are not prorated. However, if you join for the first time in April, your membership extends for 15 months.
- 2015 – Free*
- 2014 – $95
- 2013 – $120
- 2012 – $135
- 2011 – $195
- 2010+ – $290
- Retired – $95
* These attorneys also receive membership to a free section of their choice.
Q. Do I have to be licensed in North Carolina to join? Do I have to live in North Carolina to join?
A. Those who are licensed in a state other than North Carolina and are living in North Carolina are eligible to join the NCBA as a Regular member. If you are licensed in North Carolina and live out of state, you are also eligible as a Regular member.
If you are licensed outside of North Carolina and live outside of North Carolina, you may join. Members licensed only in another state cannot hold NCBA office, cannot vote and are not eligible for insurance programs, but may participate in all other membership privileges.
Q. When do I age out of YLD?
A. The Young Lawyers Division is made up of all NCBA members who are under 36 years of age [before July 1 – the start of the new bar year] or in their first three years of practice in North Carolina.
Q. What are the different categories of membership?
A. Regular: A regular member is an attorney licensed in good standing with the N.C. State Bar or is a resident of North Carolina who is licensed and in good standing with a state bar other than the NCSB.
Sustaining: Sustaining members meet the requirements of regular members and enable the Association to accomplish goals outlined in the mission statement and further the implementation of the Long-Range Plan by voluntarily paying twice their annual dues. Sustaining members are recognized throughout the year by the Association for their outstanding support.
International: Lawyer licensed outside the United States receives the same member benefits as an Out-of-state member. This application must be completed with the International Lawyers Sponsor form, signed by a Regular member of the NCBA. To receive this sponsor form, call 1.800.662.7407.
Emeritus: Emeritus members meet the requirements of regular members. Emeritus members attain this status by reaching the age of 70 and maintaining at least 25 years of consecutive NCBA membership. When attorneys receive Emeritus status they no longer have to pay dues to maintain their membership. If they choose, they can still pay dues at which time they receive the status of Sustaining Emeritus members.
Law Student: Students enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools may join our Law Student Division for free.
Paralegals: Paralegals who meet the requirements for membership in our Paralegals Division are welcome to join.
Retired: Inactive Retired Status with the North Carolina State Bar and who are 60 years of age or older.
Q. Does the NCBA have an inactive status?
A. Due to the fact that we are a voluntary association, we do not offer an inactive status.
Q. If I am on inactive status with the N.C. State Bar, may I still belong to the NCBA?
A. Yes, our membership categories require that you are a member in good standing with the State Bar, and inactive status is considered in good standing.
Q. Is my member number the same as my State Bar number?
A. No, when you join the NCBA, you receive a different number than your State Bar number. When you are asked for a member number on our website or on our CLE materials, we are referring to your NCBA number, not your State Bar number, unless otherwise specified.
Q. How do I obtain my member number and password?
A. Your member number included at the top of your annual dues statement. However, you may also call the NCBA at 1-800-662-7407 or (919) 677-0561 and ask for the Membership Department. Or, you can send an email to email@example.com and request the information.
Your email will be forwarded to the appropriate person. However, if we have your current e-mail address on file and you know your NCBA member number, you may go to “Your Membership” under the Members menu and click the “Reset Your Password” link.
Q. What is NC Fastcase?
A. Fastcase® is the leading next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and smarter and more powerful searching, sorting, and visualization tools at your fingertips. The NCBA knows the value of information. That is why we made the NC Fastcase Web Library a no-cost member service. Simply put, if you are a member of the NCBA, you receive, free, unlimited access to the NC Fastcase Web Library. No other provider can offer anything that comes close to this NCBA membership service.
- Innovative interactive search map of results, highlighting the most important cases at a glance.
- Twelve different ways to sort search results, such as relevance score, number of citations, and date decided.
- Timeline listing, illustrating how results occur over time, how relevant each case is based on your search terms, and how many times each case has been cited.
- Libraries including primary law from all 50 states, cases, statutes, regulations, court rules and constitutions.
- Integrated citation analysis, saving you time and energy.
Q. Where are you located? How do I get to the Bar Center?
A. The NC Bar Center is located at 8000 Weston Parkway, in Cary, NC, just outside of Raleigh. From I-40, take Exit 287 - Harrison Avenue, and proceed toward Cary (from I-40 East, take a right; from I-40 West, take a left). On Harrison Avenue, take a right at the third light to Weston Parkway. The Bar Center is 1 ½ miles down Weston Parkway on the right.
Q. Do you offer affiliate memberships for legal-related companies?
A. We do not offer this type of membership to companies. Membership to the NCBA is limited to licensed lawyers, law students, paralegals, and judges. We do offer affiliate memberships in specific sections. Please see question below for specific guidelines for affiliate membership.
Q. Am I a Legal Services attorney? Am I a Government attorney?
A. A legal aid attorney works for Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) or for other legal services providers, which provide free or low-cost legal representation to people of modest means in the state. A government attorney works directly for the state or federal government. It does not include professors at state institutions.
Q. Do you have a membership directory available for purchase? Or, is there a place where I can look up members online?
A. We no longer provide a printed membership directory. Members can get updated member information at our online membership directory. You will need to log in with your member number and password.
Q. Are there any sections that non-lawyers can join?
A. We offer an affiliate status in seven of our sections. If you meet the guidelines in any of these sections, we welcome you to join. Click here to go to the "Join a Section" page.
- Administrative Law: Open to non-lawyer rule-making coordinators
- Dispute Resolution: Open to non-lawyer mediators
- Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law: Open to non-lawyer environmental professionals
- Intellectual Property Law: Open to non-lawyer patent agents.
- Juvenile Justice & Children's Rights: Open to non-lawyer professionals dealing with children's rights
- Law Practice Management: Open to non-lawyer firm administrators, affiliates of Paralegal Division and non-lawyer law librarians. If you are a licensed lawyer, in any state, we require that you join the Association and the section that interests you
- Workers' Compensation: Open to non-lawyer professionals who are involved in workers' compensation law
Q. What is the difference between the Corporate Counsel and Business Law sections, as far as membership requirements?
A. In order to be a member of the Corporate Counsel Section, you are required to be a full-time, in-house counsel. The Business Law Section’s members need only deal in law pertaining to the business sector generally, and need not be connected to only one company or corporation.
Q. I am a paralegal. Can I join the Paralegal Division?
A. We do have a Paralegal Division (PD) that can meet many of your needs. They are a very active group that provides networking and learning opportunities and a quarterly newsletter.
They also receive many of the benefits of membership as other members of the NCBA. There are several requirements in order to join. Click here to join.
Q. When and where is the NCBA Annual Meeting and Convention?
A. The next Annual Meeting is being held at the Marriott City Center in Charlotte, June 23-26, 2016.
Q. Are there any scholarships available for NCBA membership or CLE programs?
Yes. Attorneys residing in North Carolina and in good standing with any state bar in the United States are eligible for a membership scholarship. These scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis starting on July 1, provided the attorney can show sufficient financial need. An application can be accessed from the Membership Applications link under the “Join” button at the top right corner of this page.
Q. Is there a discount if I work for the district attorney or the public defender offices?
Yes. The NCBA Board of Governors offers a 25% subsidy off annual membership dues and Criminal Justice Section dues for all state and federal district attorneys, assistant district attorneys and public defenders (elected and appointed). Please download the Criminal Justice Subsidy Application from the Membership Applications link under the “Join” button at the top right corner of the page.