About MSBA

About the MSBA

Founded in 1883, the Minnesota State Bar Association is the oldest professional association for attorneys in Minnesota.  For licensed attorneys in Minnesota, membership is voluntary.  Membership is open to any attorney licensed to practice law in any state.  Membership is also available to law students, paralegals, and law management associates.

MSBA members are leaders in their communities, participating in statewide programs such as the High School Mock Trial Program and Wills for Heroes. The MSBA advocates vigorously to ensure adequate support for the state court system, and promotes legislation to advance the cause of justice in Minnesota. Partnering with other statewide agencies, it is an ally in the effort to deliver quality legal services to all Minnesotans.

Member Benefits


Our 37 Sections sponsor over 250+ CLE programs throughout the year, on a variety of Section-chosen and practice-specific topics. In addition, MSBA members receive a discount at Minnesota CLE.

Sections and Committees

Sections and committees provide MSBA members an opportunity to become more involved in the association.  Section and committee members review draft legislative proposals, review pending legislation, and develop projects designed to improve the legal system in Minnesota.


MSBA members have access to the weekly Legal News Digest email, monthly Bench & Bar of Minnesota (in both print and online versions), numerous section newsletters and resources, and our growing list of ebooks.  Many sections sponsor lively email discussion lists intended to provide an open forum for the posting and discussion of legal news, questions and information.


Comprehensive, timely and accurate online legal research is possible through Fastcase—free to MSBA members.

Online Practice Tools

A collection of online resources, such as checklists, forms, trust accounting guides and links are available free to members. Additional online practice tools are available for a small cost to members.

Member Only Discounts

Members earn savings in their practice and their life with MSBAvantage partner discounts.