Join or Renew Membership in the National Lawyers Guild

If you live in or around our staffed chapters in New York City, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay AreaMichigan or Massachusetts: please click the appropriate link to sign up with and pay dues directly to those chapters. All others, proceed below.

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 is involved in the work of 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. To learn about benefits of joining, please see our Why Join page.

Upon joining, if applicable, you will be a part of your local city or state chapter or your school chapter. The activity of all chapters is directed by volunteer members like yourself, and so chapters vary in size and level of activity. 

You will also see below an option to join any of our national committees. The national committees of the Guild are formed by members who wish to organize around a specific issue. Visit our Committees page to learn more about what joining a committee entails and what each one is about.

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 membership 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

To purchase a membership as a gift for someone else, visit our Gift Membership Card page.
To renew via mail and pay by check, download and print this form.


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

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