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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  

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

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