- Group of lawyers organized primarily to deal with issues affecting the legal profession.In general, they are concerned with furthering the interests of lawyers through advocating reforms in the legal system, sponsoring research projects, and regulating professional standards. Bar associations sometimes administer the examinations required for admission to practice law. The largest U.S. bar association is the American Bar Assn.
* * *▪ lawalso called Legal Association,group of attorneys, whether local, national, or international, that is organized primarily to deal with issues affecting the legal profession. In general, bar associations are concerned with furthering the best interests of lawyers. This may mean the advocacy of reforms in the legal system, the sponsoring of research projects, or the actual regulation of professional standards.Bar associations sometimes administer the examinations that are required for admission to practice law, and they may supervise necessary apprenticeship programs. Their membership requirements vary from country to country. In the United States, for example, law school graduates are admitted to a state bar association immediately after they pass a series of examinations, which are usually administered by examiners appointed by state courts; in Austria, on the other hand, it is necessary for a lawyer to have seven years' legal experience in order to be a member. Membership in the bar associations of many countries is often compulsory. In Japan, Nigeria, Israel, and France and in more than half the states of the United States, for example, membership is required of all lawyers. On the other hand, in England, Norway, and Sweden, membership in such bar associations is voluntary.Many bar associations have disciplinary powers over their members, but actual procedures for disbarment (q.v.), relieving an attorney of his license to practice, are usually carried on in court. In France, for example, the major responsibility for disciplining attorneys belongs to the Cour de Cassation.There are many international associations of lawyers, the most prominent being the International Bar Association, a voluntary group of national bar associations and some individual lawyers, which is dedicated, among other things, to achieving uniformity in certain areas of law.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
bar association — n: a professional association made up of members of a particular bar (as of a state) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. bar association … Law dictionary
Bar association — A bar association is a professional body of lawyers. Some bar associations are responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in their jurisdiction; others are professional organizations dedicated to serving their members; in many cases,… … Wikipedia
bar association — An organization of members of the bar of the United States or of a state, county, or municipality, the primary function of which is the improvement of the profession which will result in improvement in the administration of justice … Ballentine's law dictionary
bar association — noun An organization of lawyers which regulates their ability to practice law in a jurisdiction, and/or serves the interests of lawyers in that jurisdiction … Wiktionary
bar association — organization which authorizes lawyers and oversees the law profession … English contemporary dictionary
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis — The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) was founded in 1874 by some 100 members of the St. Louis bench and bar. BAMSL currently has over 6,000 members and a vast network of committees and sections.HistoryOn March 16, 1874, some 100… … Wikipedia
Bar Association of San Francisco — Introduction = The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) was established in 1872 as a nonprofit legal membership organization that provides San Francisco legal professionals with networking, educational and pro bono opportunities in order to… … Wikipedia
House of the New York City Bar Association — Association of the Bar of the City of New York U.S. National Register of Historic Places … Wikipedia
Boston Bar Association — Infobox Non profit Non profit name = Boston Bar Association Non profit Non profit type = Bar Association founded date = Incorporated 1861 founder = location = origins = key people = area served = Law product = focus = method = revenue = endowment … Wikipedia
New York City Bar Association — Formation 1870 Type Legal Society Headquarters New York, NY Location United States President … Wikipedia