MSBA Membership

Connect and grow in the legal profession

Our goal at the Minnesota State Bar Association is to make membership indispensable to Minnesota lawyers and legal professionals.  We constantly strive to offer the best programs and services to meet the professional needs of our members.

Founded in 1883, the MSBA 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.

Member Benefits


Our 37 Sections sponsor over 250+ practice specific CLE programs throughout the year on a variety of topics.  Both live and recorded on-demand programs are available.  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. In addition, two free member directories are available for members to provide their credentials and help their practice development and networking.  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.

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If you are newly admitted to the bar, you can join free
You may be eligible for reduced dues