Membership Types and Dues

Regular Member
(US or Canada)
ELIGIBILITY BENEFITS

Less than 1 year in practice $50

1 to 5 years in practice $95

6 to 10 years in practice $175

11 to 15 years in practice $295

16 to 20 years in practice $395

21 to 25 years in practice $475

25 years or more in practice $525

  • Licensed to practice law
  • Represents plaintiff in civil litigation or defendant in criminal litigation for the most part, based on caseload and time
  • Resides in the U.S. or Canada
  • Trial magazine
  • AAJ News Brief
  • May subscribe to Law Reporters
  • Listing in members-only AAJ Member Directory
  • Access to Member Groups
  • Access to Sections, Section List Servers, and document libraries
  • Writing, speaking, and leadership opportunities
  • Access to state and federal lawmakers through lobby days
  • Political news and legislative updates
  • Exclusive discounts from AAJ Extras companies
  • Eligible for President's Club, Sustaining, or Leaders Forum membership
  • Voting privileges
  • Can hold office
Associate Member
(US or Canada)
ELIGIBILITY BENEFITS

Less than 1 year in practice $50

1 to 5 years in practice $95

6 to 10 years in practice $175

11 to 15 years in practice $295

16 to 20 years in practice $395

21 to 25 years in practice $475

25 years or more in practice $525

  • Licensed to practice law
  • Does not otherwise qualify for other membership category ​
  • Trial magazine
  • AAJ News Brief
  • May subscribe to Law Reporters
  • Listing in members-only AAJ Member Directory
  • Access to Member Groups
  • Access to Sections, but not Section List Servers nor document libraries
  • Writing, speaking, and leadership opportunities
  • Access to state and federal lawmakers through lobby days
  • Political news and legislative updates
  • Exclusive discounts from AAJ Extras companies
  • Eligible for President's Club, Sustaining, or Leaders Forum membership
  • Voting privileges
Other Membership Categories ELIGIBILITY BENEFITS

International Member (except Canada) $125

  • Licensed to practice law
  • Resides outside the U.S. or Canada
  • May join as Regular or Associate member
  • Same privileges as Regular or Associate member, based on eligibility 
Government Member
  • Licensed to practice law
  • In full-time employ of local, state or federal government agency or public defender
  • Trial magazine
  • AAJ News Brief
  • May subscribe to Law Reporters
  • Listing in members-only AAJ Member Directory
  • Access to Member Groups and Convention
  • Writing, speaking, and leadership opportunities
  • Access to state and federal lawmakers through lobby days
  • Political news and legislative updates
  • Exclusive discounts from AAJ Extras companies
  • Access to List Servers and document libraries if sponsored by a voting member (Regular, Life, Sustaining, or President's Club Member)

Law Professor $35

  • Engaged in full-time teaching of the law at any accredited law school or college
  • Licensed to practice law in any country, state or jurisdiction
  • Trial magazine
  • AAJ News Brief
  • May subscribe to Law Reporters
  • Listing in members-only AAJ Member Directory
  • Access to Member Groups and Convention
  • Writing, speaking, and leadership opportunities
  • Access to state and federal lawmakers through lobby days
  • Political news and legislative updates
  • Exclusive discounts from AAJ Extras companies
  • Access to List Servers and document libraries if sponsored by a voting member (Regular, Life, Sustaining, or President's Club Member)

Military $35

  • Licensed to practice law in any country, state or jurisdiction
  • Full-time active duty service in the US armed forces
  • Trial magazine
  • AAJ News Brief
  • May subscribe to Law Reporters
  • Listing in the members-only AAJ Member Directory
  • Access to Member Groups, and Convention 
  • Access to Sections. Access to Section List Servers and document libraries if sponsored by a voting member (Regular, Life, Sustaining, or President's Club Member)
  • Writing, speaking, and leadership opportunities
  • Access to state and federal lawmakers through Conventions, and lobby days
  • Political news and legislative updates
  • Exclusive discounts from AAJ Extras companies

Paralegal Affiliate $75

  • Qualified through education, training, and/or experience to perform substantive legal work under the direction of an attorney
  • Works on behalf of the plaintiff in civil litigation or on behalf of the defendant in criminal litigation
  • Sponsored by a Regular, Sustaining, Life or President’s Club AAJ member in good standing
  • Trial magazine
  • AAJ News Brief
  • May subscribe to Law Reporters
  • Listing in members-only AAJ Member Directory
  • Access to Sections
  • Writing, speaking, and leadership opportunities
  • Access to state and federal lawmakers through lobby days
  • Political news and legislative updates
  • Exclusive discounts from AAJ Extras companies
  • Paralegal List Server
  • Access to List Servers and document libraries if sponsored by an AAJ voting member (Regular, Life, Sustaining, or President's Club Member)
  • Annual and Winter Convention accredited paralegal program
  • 50% discount on selected AAJ Education programs when attending with an AAJ voting member (Regular, Life, Sustaining or President's Club Member) from the same firm with the same address
  • Eligible for awards and competitions
  • Access to state and federal lawmakers through Conventions and lobby days

Law Student
$15

  • Must be a student at an accredited law school or college 

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Law Graduate $0

  • Received a degree in law from an accredited law school or college but has not been licensed to practice law. No person may continue as a Law Graduate Member for more than one year 

 

Dues cover 12 full months of membership and include a one-year member subscription of Trial magazine ($45). Membership dues paid to the American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. However, dues may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense, subject to restrictions imposed as a result of AAJ’s lobbying activities. AAJ estimates that the portion of dues and other similar amounts it expects to receive that are allocable to AAJ’s lobbying expenditures is 20 percent. Accordingly, 80 percent of your dues and contributions to AAJ may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expenses. Please consult your tax advisor to confirm.

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