Join or Renew Membership in the National Lawyers Guild

Please Note: Individuals who live in or around our staffed chapters in New York City, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay AreaMichigan or Massachusetts pay dues directly to their chapters.

Membership in the National Lawyers Guild is open to attorneys, law students, legal workers (which includes legal observers) and jailhouse lawyers (to learn more about joining as a jailhouse lawyer member, which is free, see this page). Legal workers are defined as anyone who has worked in any office, collective or other institution which has as its primary function the provision of legal services, information or education. If you are not an attorney, law student, or legal worker, please consider becoming a Friend of the NLG.

Each membership payment entitles members to a year's subscription to the NLG Review and Guild Notes, as well as the right to vote in any NLG national election during that year. Additionally, members receive a one-year listing in the NLG's online Referral Directory.

Sliding Scale Policy: the NLG relies on membership dues to sustain our operations, and we count on those who can afford to pay higher amounts to help offset the costs of membership for those who cannot. Nevertheless, our memberhship rates are suggested, sliding scale amounts, as we strive to make participation in the Guild as accessible as possible to all legal practitioners who share our mission, regardless of income.  If you'd like to ask about our sliding scale policy, please email

Please note: to purchase a membership as a gift for someone else, visit our Gift Membership Card page!


New Legal Observer Member (first year of membership): $25
New Legal Worker Member (first year of membership): $25-65
Law Student/Recent Law Grads: $25-65
Retired: $25-800
New National Immigration Project or National Police Accountability Project Member: $50
New Attorney Member (first year of membership): $65
Income under 30K: $65-100
Income 30-50K  - $100-200
Income 50-70K - $200-300
Income 70-100K - $300-500
Income 100-200K - $500-600
Income over 200K - $600-800

*Members of bar associations of color need only pay half of the suggested rate for their income*

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