Updated: Nov. 2, 2018

Resources for New Members

The Washington State Bar Association is committed to supporting new and young members as they on-board into practicing in Washington state.

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Employment and Practice Management Resources

Make the most of WSBA member resources to seek out employment or start your own legal practice.

Career Center

Look for jobs or post your resume for employers to find.

Job Seeking Assistance

Review strategies for job hunting and interviewing. Join the weekly job seekers group.

Practice Management Assistance

WSBA offers professional assistance and support to members in law firm practice management to help improve the quality and delivery of legal services.

Practice Management Discount Network

As a member of the Bar, you are eligible to receive discounts on select products and services to help you improve the quality and delivery of legal services.

Moderate Means Program

Lawyers can join a panel of attorneys to receive reduced-fee referrals to middle income clients.

 

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Debt Management

Take control of your finances with these debt management education and tools.

Take Control of Your Debt and Manage your Student Loans

Find CLEs, online tools, and other resources. Learn how you can take control of your debt with our catalog of resources on student loan management.

Ways to Save at WSBA

Browse the ways WSBA helps reduce the cost of practice so you can use your limited resources on debt management.

WSBA Connects

WSBA Connects® offers free, confidential statewide access to financial services, counseling, and other services and resources for WSBA members.

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Low-Cost and Free CLEs for New Lawyers

Learn the practical skills you need to excel in your field of law with new-lawyer inspired continued legal education seminars.

Practice Primer CLEs

The WSBA Practice Primer takes a substantive area of law and develops a series of learning tracks that build upon one another.

Trial Advocacy Program

The annual WSBA Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) offers a two-day trial-skills training from seasoned trial lawyers and a one-day mock trial a few weeks later. This seminar is designed to give attorneys working in the criminal or civil arenas the skill to become effective trial lawyers. No trial experience is required to participate.

Scholarships available for the 2019 Trial Advocacy Program!

WSBA New Member Programs will offer two scholarships for new and young lawyers*. The scholarship recipients will receive complimentary tuition to the TAP seminar (Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019) with the option of also attending the mock trial (Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019). Attendees can earn up to 19 CLE credits for full participation. To apply, download the 2019 TAP Scholarship Application and submit your application and resume to newmembers@wsba.org by Friday, Dec. 21, 2018.

*Per the Washington State Bar Association Bylaws, an active lawyer member is considered a young lawyer until Dec. 31 of the year in which the member turns 36 years old or until Dec. 31 of the fifth year after the year in which the member first was admitted to practice as a lawyer in any state, whichever is later.

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Building your Network

Be part of the WSBA community to build out your network and connect with industry leaders.

WSBA Sections

Sections members become part of active professional communities and gain access to an array of exclusive section member benefits.

MentorLink Mixers

The WSBA’s MentorLink Mixers are unique, free-to-attend events that bring together potential mentees and mentors with similar interests in the legal profession.

Diversity Community Networking Events

These outreach events focus on bringing WSBA presence and MBA information to outlying areas and inviting the participation of local members.

New Lawyers List Serve

This new lawyer community is a place to ask questions, share information and learn about upcoming events and valuable resources. To subscribe, send your bar number to newmembers@wsba.org.

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Leadership Opportunities

Volunteer and bring your new member experience to the WSBA and to the legal community.

WSBA Committees, Boards and Other Groups

Choose from WSBA's many volunteer leadership opportunities among our commitees, boards and other groups.

Washington Young Lawyer Committee

On the WYLC, you'll meet new lawyers across Washington and help connect new and young lawyers to member benefits and resources.

WYLC Subcommittees

Join your colleagues in advancing projects that benefit new and young lawyers in Washington!

Young Lawyer Liaisons to WSBA Sections

Bring a new and young lawyer perspective to a section's leadership.

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Other Resources

Executive Summary: WSBA New Lawyer Survey conducted in November 2014.