Requirements to join NCBA

FOUR CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP:

  1. Active Members Any person enrolled as an active member of the State Bar of California, is eligible to be an active member of the Association.
     
  2. Associate Members (a) Any member of the State Bar of California who is not eligible to be an active member of the Association; (b) Any person other than a member of the State bar of California who is duly admitted to practice law and is in good standing before the Supreme Court of the United States, or the Courts of the United States situated in the State of California or the Court of Last Resort of any state, territory or possession of the United States. (c) Any former active member of the Association who no longer maintains an office for the practice of law and (1) was an active member for ten years or more, or (2) is at least sixty-five years old or (3) is occupationally disabled.
     
  3. Affliate Member/Law Students (a) Any person enrolled in his or her second, third, or fourth year of law school is eligible to be an affiliate member.(b) Such members shall have the same rights as associate members.
     
  4. Honorary Member Any person who has rendered distinguished service to the legal profession, or to the State of California or to the United States, may be elected an honorary member of the Association by the unanimous vote of the Board. Judges of the Courts of the United States and of the Superior and Municipal Courts of the State of California and Justices of the District Court of Appeal, while serving as such within the County of San Diego, shall, during the time they shall respectively hold said offices be registered as honorary members of the Association, and shall continue as such after retirement from the bench so long as they do not apply for a license to resume the practice of law. Any Judge or Justice of the Courts of the United States or of the State of California, and any full-time member of the faculty of a law school within the County of San Diego, or a distinguished faculty member of a college or university within the County of San Diego who is a law school graduate may upon application to the Secretary and upon unanimous vote of the Board be registered as an honorary member of this Association and shall continue as such as long as he or she retains such position.