Government or Legal Aid Lawyer Membership
Chicago Bar Association members make things happen in the Chicago legal community. We are your hometown bar association. Join us today!
Special 25% Dues Discount for Government and Legal Aid Lawyers!

The CBA is Chicago's premier legal professional organization and your connection to the most influential attorneys and brightest legal minds in the Chicago area. Join today and become a part of the ultimate legal network and knowledge resource with a uniquely local focus.

As a member, you can:

  • Build professional relationships and support systems for career advancement or future career changes.  Connect with legal experts, business leaders, mentors, future employers, judges and opposing counsel.  
  • Add to your in house training and keep up with legal, court and ethics developments through seminars and practice area committees.  Many programs are free and most are available via on demand webcast.   
  • Become a leader through CBA opportunities (speak at an event, chair a committee, become a legislative liaison, evaluate judges, write for our magazine or blog, participate in our Leadership Institute).
  • Attend special programs for government/legal aid lawyers.  Learn how to successfully transition to private practice, move up the internal ladder, run for elected office or prepare for a judicial run.  
  • Plus much more. Click here to see our full list of member services and programs.

Become a member today!

-The CBA's bar year runs June 1-May 31 of the following year.
-Applies to those who are employed by government or legal aid agencies. Work contact information is required.  Does not apply to judges.
Join Online as Government or Legal Aid Lawyer

Download a Membership Form .

Click to view membership dues pricing and policies.


Have questions about membership in the CBA?
Call 312-554-2022 or email Erika Griffin.

Note: Hard copies dues invoices  cannot be printed from our site.  If you would like a dues invoice emailed to you, please email