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The Oakland County Bar Association is the fastest growing professional association exclusively representing Oakland County's legal industry. The OCBA seeks to serve the professional needs of our members, improve the justice system, and ensure the delivery of quality legal services to the public.

Why do attorneys join the OCBA? There are many reasons, but primarily because the individual feels he or she should identify with a society which represents his or her professional interests. The OCBA serves as a central source of information and services for its members. Our members are active in more than 40 association committees, representing substantive areas of law, community service projects and various association events. The OCBA conducts educational programs and represents its members on a local, state and national level. If you are not already a member, check out the full range of member benefits we offer in our Membership Benefits page. If you prefer to fax or mail a printed application, please download our printable membership application. Welcome to the Oakland County Bar Association!

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Fee Schedule - Dues valid until June 30, 2015
  OCBA Fiscal Year - July 1 thru June 30

Admitted to Practice

Sustaining*

Regular

Associate

Law School Affiliate

7/13-6/14

$100

*New lawyers receive first & second OCBA fiscal years of membership FREE*

7/12-6/13

$100                    

$120

$80

$80

7/11-6/12

$260

$160

$105

$105

7/10-6/11

$300

$200

$130

$130

prior to 6/10

$350

$250

$160

$160

* Paralegal "$45"
* Legal Students "$25"

Sustaining Membership -
* Sustaining membership renews annually in July of each fiscal year
Any membership category is eligible to become a sustaining member with an additional $100 commitment.  A sustaining member's extra commitment to the association enables us to pursue the loftiest goals of the legal profession. Sustaining members are periodically featured in LACHES magazine, are invited to an annual reception in their honor and are recognized as stellar supporters of legal ideals.

Regular Membership - Eligible to vote and hold office

Associate Membership
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Not eligible to vote or hold office
Licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan and engaged in full-time employment with a governmental agency or department, or a 501(C)(3) organization. 

Law School Affiliate Membership
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Not eligible to vote or hold office
Although not active practitioners or members of the legal profession, they are employed by a law school, such as professors, teachers, teaching assistants and administrators.

Paralegal Membership -
Not eligible to vote or hold office
Qualified through education, training or work experience and employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity in performance of legal services not primarily clerical or secretarial under the ultimate direction and supervision of a licensed attorney.

Student Membership
- available to active law school students.

Dues listed above include a $10 voluntary contribution to fund increased support of Legal Aid services in Oakland County and a $10 voluntary contribution to Oakland County Bar Foundation.  You may deduct one or both if you elect not to make these contributions.  All membership fees include a $20 one-year subscription to LACHES.  
 
*Sustaining membership renews annually in July of each fiscal year
**Paralegal and Student members are not eligible for the membership special. The dues listed above do not include the voluntary contributions. If you wish to contribute to the Legal Aid Assistance Fund of Oakland County and/or the Oakland County Bar Foundation please include the donation amount with your remittance. The one-year subscription to LACHES is included.