5 Corporate Law Associations for Lawyers

Bar associations can provide a number of benefits to member attorneys, including educational opportunities, networking events, news updates and more. For corporate attorneys, these benefits can be invaluable when it comes to expanding your practice, making new connections and keeping up with current developments in the field of corporate law. For those that are not already an active member of a business law association, here is a list of five leading organizations that have a lot to offer:

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)

For in-house counsel, the ACC is a preeminent organization with more than 30,000 members in more than 75 countries. In addition to in-person and online educational resources, the ACC provides virtual communities where members can connect, as well as local chapters that help attorneys meet face-to-face. With more than 18 committees, there is also room for members to participate in a wide variety of specialty projects. ACC is also well known for its advocacy on behalf of corporate attorneys, which even includes activities targeted at small, local matters for a variety of members.

The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA)

The ABA is a large and well-known bar association, and the Business Law Section boasts more than 50,000 business law professionals. Along with the usual events and CLE opportunities, the ABA’s Business Law Section also provides publications like The Business Lawyer, which is issued quarterly and contains analysis of developing issues at the forefront of the practice of corporate law. In addition, certain members are also often acknowledged with awards like the National Public Service Award, given to business lawyers that are committed to pro bono work.

The Corporate Law Section of the National Bar Association (NBA)

Like other organizations, the NBA’s Corporate Law Section offers events and education, but it also offers special initiatives like an advocacy competition, a law camp for teenagers interested in the law, and a mentoring program. For attorneys interested in projects like these, the NBA provides a well-rounded member experience that goes beyond seminars and networking events.

The Corporate Law Section of the International Bar Association (IBA)

For international attorneys, the IBA provides a great way to connect with business practitioners around the world. The IBA also offers an interesting publication which is available online to make keeping up with recent developments easy for member attorneys.

Your Local Bar’s Corporate Law Association

Many local corporate law associations are dedicated to corporate law. This can often be the best way to keep up with the news in your jurisdiction, and also to interact with your closest neighboring colleagues. If your practice is largely local, this association may be one of the most beneficial you can join. And because membership tends to be far less than with national organizations, there may also be tremendous opportunities to provide leadership and spearhead initiatives to fill gaps that may exist.

We encourage corporate attorneys to review the benefits of membership in these organizations and consider active participation — you never know what practice opportunities might await you.

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