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Following is a list of membership categories and the dues rate for each. Please contact member services if you have any questions about eligibility.
Regular Member Criminal defense attorney in private practice $339
Public Defender Full-time attorney at PD office or Legal Services nonprofit $139
New Lawyer First five years after initial admission to the bar $195
Law Professor Full time professor in an accredited law school $175
Judge Full-time members of the judiciary $199
Military Lawyer Active duty only $175
Associate/Investigator Non-Lawyers whose work supports criminal defense attorneys      $199
Law Student Students working toward their JD or comparable degree $ 65
International Practicing Criminal Defense Lawyers who hold passports
from countries other than the United States & Canada
Additional member categories include Life, President's Club, and Sustaining. Members in these categories receive special recognition for their ongoing and valued support of NACDL's goals. 

 Life Members make a one-time contribution of $6,500 or 5 consecutive annual installments of $1,300 each. Once the full commitment has been met, there will be no further membership dues.  For more information about Life Membership, please see www.nacdl.org/membershipupgrade/  

President's Club Members pay dues at the rate of $719 per year.

Sustaining Members pay dues at the rate of $499 per year.


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