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Who We Are

The North Carolina State Bar was created in 1933 by the North Carolina General Assembly as the government agency responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in North Carolina. The State Bar currently regulates over 27,000 licensed lawyers. Protection of the public and protection of our system of justice are the objectives of regulation.

How to Become a Member

The North Carolina State Bar does not license attorneys. Admission is the responsibility of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners.

Leadership

The governance and structure of the North Carolina State Bar are established by enabling legislation (N.C. Gen. Stat. Chap. 84) and by rules that must be approved by the North Carolina Supreme Court. The State Bar Council and its officers, committees, and boards control the organization’s policies, programs, and finances.

District Bars

North Carolina has 45 Judicial District Bars, which are subdivisions of the North Carolina State Bar. This section of our website contains useful information for the leadership of these district bars.

Upcoming Events

Quarterly Meetings and Public Meetings

Demographic Distribution Report

This voluntary survey of the active members of the NC State Bar began on April 30, 2012, and continues through the current date. It includes information on gender, age, and ethnic/racial identity.

The State Bar Building/Art Collection

Learn about the new State Bar building, which opened in 2013, and the State Bar’s art collection. Also, find out how you can use the State Bar headquarters for events that are related to the practice of law.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers on topics relative to the North Carolina State Bar’s regulatory mission are available at no charge for presentations in North Carolina to lawyers and to members of the public.

​Contact the North Carolina State Bar

Find out how to contact members of the State Bar staff, and get directions to our building in downtown Raleigh.
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