Updated: April 9, 2024

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.

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 skills to become effective trial lawyers. No trial experience is required to participate.

Registration for the 2024 TAP seminar and mock trial is now open:

2024 Trial Advocacy Program May 8-9 seminar only

2024 Trial Advocacy Program seminar May 8-9 + Mock Trial May 18

WSBA New Member Programs offers scholarships for new and young lawyers* to attend the TAP seminar and mock trial for free.

The application period for the 2024 Trial Advocacy Program Scholarship is now closed. Two recipients will be chosen for the scholarship and all applicants will be notified of their status via email.

Financial Focus CLE

Faculty experts provide practical tips and strategies for new attorneys to make more informed student loan debt-management decisions.

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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. 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.

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 committees, 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.