Applicants must be legal/court administrators or support managers employed in a private law firm, legal service clinic, corporate legal department, university legal department, governmental legal agency, court system, or some other organization engaged primarily in the practice of law. Membership is not open to vendors or consultants. Finally, applicants must be sponsored by an OSBA attorney member in good standing and cannot be eligible for OSBA attorney membership.
All OSBA members have free access to one of the best legal research sites on the Internet, Casemaker.
As a benefit of membership, legal administrator members can attend three live OSBA continuing legal education (CLE) courses per year free of charge (not valid for OSBA annual convention). This access to the substantial legal curriculum offered by OSBA CLE provides associate members and the attorneys for whom they work a greater ability to serve their clients.
Committees and sections
The OSBA has more than 50 committees and sections that associate members are encouraged to join. A complete listing of sections and committees is available on the membership application. Sections require an additional payment of only $3 each for associate members. Committee membership is free.
OSBA staff develops relationships with vendors who offer our members discounts on products and services that would benefit them and their practices. Vendor services include payroll services, marketing assistance, retirement planning, car rental, computers, office supplies, overnight shipping, and a workers' compensation group rating program.
Associate members receive the OSBA’s bimonthly Ohio Lawyer
magazine as well as the daily OSBA Report Online
Membership is based on the calendar year, and law office/court administrator dues are $85 per year. Dues are prorated quarterly: 25 percent on April 1, 50 percent on July 1, and 75 percent on Sept. 1. As a law office/court administrator member, you will also have the option to receive your own subscription to the Ohio State Bar Association Report for an additional $50 per year (regular price $150). If you would like a subscription to the Report, mark the appropriate box on the application.
For more information, contact the OSBA Member Service Center at (800) 232-7124 or (614) 487-8585.