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Member Categories

Following are some options for joining or rejoining NACDL, and a list of membership categories.  This will give you an idea which is the appropriate member category for you. When you join online, you'll be asked a series of questions so the system can determine the most appropriate member type, based on your work. 




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If you have questions about eligibility, please conduct Member Services at 202-872-4001, or by email at

Membership Categories Dues 
Regular Member - Criminal defense attorneys in private practice, admitted to the bar more than six years $349
Public Defender - Full-time attorney at government Public Defender office or legal services nonprofit. Does not include assigned counsel or contract work. $145
New Lawyer - Private attorneys in their first six years of practice, based on date of first admission to the bar. $205
Law Professor - Professors employed full time on the faculties of accredited law schools. $215
Military - Full-time, active duty military lawyers engaged primarily in criminal defense. $215
Judge - Full-time members of the judiciary $215
Associate Members - Persons who are not criminal defense lawyers, but whose work supports the criminal defense profession, including non-lawyers who support the goals and objectives of NACDL.  $215
International - Criminal Defense Lawyers who hold passports from countries other than the United States and Canada $205
Law Student - Students in an accredited law school working toward a J.D. degree. Two dues rates: $49 includes a subscription to The Champion® plus the full online archive;  $29 includes the online version only.  
Life Member* - One-time contribution or 5 yearly installments of $1,300 each. Expanded online profile. $6,500
Presidents Club * - Donor Member, with an expanded online profile $759
Sustaining Member * - Donor Member, with an expanded online profile $529

For your protection, we cannot accept credit card information by email. 

Prosecutors are not permitted to become members of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, to attend its CLE seminars, nor to purchase its educational products. A Member is understood to have resigned by becoming a prosecutor in any local, state or federal office or by working in any other capacity which is in conflict with NACDL's objectives and purposes.

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