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.
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.
Lawyers can join a panel of attorneys to receive reduced-fee referrals to middle income clients.
Take control of your finances with these debt management education and tools.
Browse the ways WSBA helps reduce the cost of practice so you can use your limited resources on debt management.
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.
The WSBA Practice Primer takes a substantive area of law and develops a series of learning tracks that build upon one another.
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.
WSBA New Member Programs offers scholarships for new and young lawyers* to attend the TAP seminar and mock trial for free. More information on the scholarships will be made available when registrations opens for the next program.
*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.
Faculty experts provide practical tips and strategies for new attorneys to make more informed student loan debt-management decisions.
Building your Network
Be part of the WSBA community to build out your network and connect with industry leaders.
Sections members become part of active professional communities and gain access to an array of exclusive section member benefits. New admittees (within their first year of admittance to the WSBA) are eligible for one free section membership. To join, log in to your myWSBA.org profile and visit the join a section webpage.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer and bring your new member experience to the WSBA and to the legal community.
Choose from WSBA's many volunteer leadership opportunities among our commitees, boards and other groups.
On the WYLC, you'll meet new lawyers across Washington and help connect new and young lawyers to member benefits and resources.
Join your colleagues in advancing projects that benefit new and young lawyers in Washington!
Bring a new and young lawyer perspective to a section's leadership.
Executive Summary: WSBA New Lawyer Survey conducted in November 2014.