Membership Application

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An Arkansas Bar Association membership is your gateway to a diverse group of legal professionals.

Dues Structure & Rates - 2022-2023

Standard Dues - $325 except that one may elect to use the income scale to determine the amount of dues.

Income Range Options - "Income” for this purpose is law-related salary, wages or income after deducting office overhead and other necessary business expenses but before taxes, FICA, insurance and pension contributions, for the current or immediately preceding year.

$0-$50,000 - $195

$50,000-$100,000 - $275

Associate Membership - $325 Associate members are attorneys who are only licensed in a state(s) other than Arkansas and are residents of Arkansas or are full time employees of a business organization which regularly does business within Arkansas.

Out-of-State Residents - $325 or select from Income Based Dues. This applies to attorneys licensed in Arkansas who are non-residents of Arkansas, and who have no regular law practice in Arkansas.

Senior Membership - $50 Attorneys who have attained the age of 75+ years and who have been a member for 10 consecutive years immediately prior to attaining the age of 75.

New Admittee Year 1 - $75 Attorneys admitted between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 qualify for this rate.

New Admittee Year 2 - $85 Attorneys admitted between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 qualify for this rate.

New Admittee Year 3 - $95 This rate applies to an attorney's third bar year (July - June) following his/her admission to practice. Attorneys admitted to practice between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 qualify for this rate.

Law Students - Free Current law students in good standing at any accredited law school in the state of Arkansas, or residents of the state of Arkansas attending an accredited law school outside the state of Arkansas. Law students receive the benefits of membership at no charge.

New This Year! Paralegal Affiliate Membership - $150 Affiliate membership is open to paralegals and legal support staff who are employed and supervised by an Arkansas Bar Association attorney member.

Non-Deductible Business Expenses

Federal Law makes part of your membership dues used for lobbying non-deductible as a business expense. 4.07% of dues is non-deductible in the 2022-2023 bar year. Payment made to the Association is for your voluntary membership with the Arkansas Bar Association, and has no affiliation with your state licensing fee. All dues and subscriptions are non-refundable.

Terms of Membership

Membership in the ArkBar runs from July 1 to June 30. Please note that we send reminder notices as renewal time approaches. However, your prompt payment of dues will ensure that you continue to receive all of your benefits in a timely manner. Should your membership lapse, you may reactivate it at any time by becoming current on your dues for the year.

Annual Auto-Renewal

If you select Annual Auto-Renewal, your dues (including the sections, FAL and sustaining contributions you select) will automatically renew annually on July 1. PAC and Instant Membership are excluded. You will receive a notice before the next year’s auto-renewal. New Admittee Year 3 rates will automatically increase to Standard but you may choose to select another dues category.

Monthly AutoPay

Members now have the option of making payments monthly with Monthly AutoPay; each monthly payment must be paid with a credit or debit card; no other forms of payment can be accepted. The annual cost of your membership will be divided equally across 12 months. Members who sign up for Monthly AutoPay agree to pay for the entire year. If you register for Monthly AutoPay online before July 1, you will immediately be charged for your first monthly payment for the 2022-2023 bar year (July). Your card will not be charged again until your August payment is due on August 1. Your card will be charged on the first of the month, or the first business day thereafter. If you sign up after July 1, your card will initially be charged for the July payment. On the first of the following month, your card will be charged for the cumulative amount that would have been due between August and the month you signed up for Monthly AutoPay.

Sustaining Contributions

Patrons are members who make a sustaining contribution of $100/year in addition to membership dues to support Association programs.

Benefactors are members who make a sustaining contribution of $250/year in addition to membership dues to support Association programs.