Guide for New Attorneys
Becoming a new attorney in New Jersey can be overwhelming. We’ve put together some basic information on what you need to know as you are starting out in our Guide for New Attorneys.
Newly Admitted Attorneys - NJSBA Membership Application
Attorneys admitted in 2020 can join for $25 (*First and second year attorneys receive free membership to any sections of interest). Click here to download the application
New Jersey Lawyer Special Edition
Click here for a special edition of the NJSBA's award-winning magazine New Jersey Lawyer focusing on starting a law practice.
IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey MCLE guidelines
The IOLTA Rule (Rule 1:28A) applies to attorneys admitted to the Bar of New Jersey who must maintain attorney trust accounts pursuant to Rule 1:21-6. Click here for An Attorney's Guide to Complying with the IOLTA Rule.
All attorneys must meet certain mandatory continuing legal education requirements every two years. Find out about your requirements here.
Pro Bono requirements
New Jersey attorneys are required to provide 25 hours of volunteer service each year. Learn more about these requirements here.
NJ Lawyers Assistance Program - NJLAP
The New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program is the free and confidential resource assisting all NJ Lawyers, Judges, Law Students, and Law Graduates achieve and maintain personal and professional well being. Call 800-246-5527 or visit www.NJLAP.org
Fastcase legal research
NJSBA members have free access to the complete New Jersey law library, including cases of the New Jersey Supreme Court, New Jersey Appellate Division, and New Jersey Law Division, as well as cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
The New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Foundation and New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education offer opportunities for attorneys to volunteer in a variety of ways, including mock trial programs with students, speaking engagements in the community and more.
• The NJSBA will train you to be a community leader ready to give presentations to local groups about the importance of the legal system and civics in our democracy. Find out more here.
• The New Jersey State Bar Foundation has a speakers bureau that connects lawyers with local groups seeking expert speakers. Find out more here.
If you want to volunteer, let us know here: [email protected].
There are always networking opportunities through the NJSBA and its affiliated organizations. Click here to get to the meetings calendar. Check out the networking group offered each month by the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program.
The New Jersey Judiciary has an extensive collection of forms for everything from handling matters in the Appellate Division, Tax Court, family court, civil division, foreclosure, and more. Check out the library here.
Getting to court
You can get directions to all of the state's courthouses from here.
You can get directions to all of the state's federal courthouses from here.
All NJSBA section and committee members can access the private online communities to ask colleagues questions, learn about job opportunities and connect with mentors and friends. Learn more about it here.
The New Jersey courts have launched eCourts for several types of cases, including civil, criminal and tax court. Find out more here. The federal district courts use an e-filing system called PACER, learn more about it here.
Free meeting space
The New Jersey Law Center has plenty of space where you can work remotely. Our visitors' lounge has plenty of seating and free coffee. And NJSBA members can reserve rooms for free for depositions or meetings. Call the Meetings Department to find out more at 732-249-5000.
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