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Learn more about legal organizations in the state of New Jersey including the New Jersey State Bar, the New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the New Jersey Association for Justice.

New Jersey State Bar


The New Jersey Law Center
One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1520
732-249-2815 (fax)

Started by 74 New Jersey attorneys in June of 1899, the New Jersey State Bar Association was founded in order to maintain the honor and dignity of the legal profession, cultivate social relationships between members, champion legal reform, and aid the administration of justice. Membership in the NJSBA is voluntary but does require that applicants have a bona fide law office in New Jersey. One of the main missions of the New Jersey State Bar Association is to examine the most pressing issues confronting attorneys and the legal profession today and make a plan for progress and innovation to overcome these challenges.

New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification


In 1980, the Supreme Court of New Jersey authorized the Board on Attorney Certification to administrate the state's program for certifying lawyers. The Board on Attorney Certification is responsible for administering the program and making rules for certification.

The program was created to raise the level of competence of attorneys in certain practice areas, while helping members of the public find an attorney in New Jersey.


Voluntary Legal Associations in New Jersey


Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ)


The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ) was established in 1985. Since then, it has grown to more than 400 members. It is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
The organization provides a unified voice for members of the criminal defense bar in New Jersey. Additionally, through support, CLE seminars, and networking opportunities it helps criminal defense attorneys improve their practice... Read more »


New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ)


The New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) was founded in the 1940s and incorporated in 1976. Headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey, the organization serves more than 2,400 members including attorneys in the private and public sector, paralegals, law clerks, and law students. NJAJ works to strengthen and preserve the rights of the individual within the civil justice system. Many of the top personal injury attorneys in New Jersey belong to this trusted organization.