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Member Status

Active Members

An attorney who is on the roll of attorneys admitted to the practice of law by the New Mexico Supreme Court is an active member. An active member in good standing has full voting privileges, and is eligible to hold any elective or appointive office.

Affiliate Members

Members in good standing currently admitted to practice law in other state(s) in New Mexico, may apply for recognition as an Affiliate member under the provisions of Section II, Article 2.9 of the Bylaws of the State Bar of New Mexico. An affiliate membership is not a license yo practice law in New Mexico.

  • Affiliate Membership - $235. Dues are prorated after January 30.

Affiliate Membership Application

Inactive Members

To become inactive, members must complete an application form. You can also request a form by calling 505-797-6083 or emailing An annual fee of $100 must be received by the State Bar on or before February 1. All applicants are approved upon receipt of the inactive status application. Members must maintain a current address with the State Bar and the clerk of the New Mexico Supreme Court at all times.

Per Rule 15-302(B), NMRA a bar member who seeks reinstatement to active status from inactive status, suspension for nonpayment of dues, or voluntary withdrawal, must file an application for reinstatement with the Board of Bar Examiners and pay a $350 fee. The application is the bar exam application and must be completed in its entirety. The fee covers the cost of the investigative report and the reinstatement and is not applied towards the State Bar licensing fees payable at the time of reinstatement. To contact the Board of Bar Examiners, call 505-271-9706 or email

Members are also required to remedy any MCLE deficit before reinstatement to active status. Full compliance is required in the year of reactivation. Questions concerning MCLE credits should be directed to the MCLE Office, 505-821-1980 or via email at

If you any questions, contact the State Bar Accounting Office, 505-797-6035 or

Law Student Members

The Benefits of Membership Include:

  • Weekly email of the Bar Bulletin
  • Weekly ENews
  • Membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)
  • Membership in practice sections (maximum of two per year)
  • Participation in State Bar committees
  • Free live seminars on a space available basis from the Center for Legal Education of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation
  • Free access to Fastcase

Committee Involvement - Committee membership is open to all law student members of the State Bar although a few committees are limited in size or require particular qualifications. Members of standing committees are appointed by the State Bar president; new members are sought each year.

Section Involvement - Select a maximum of two practice sections each year to gain a valuable understanding of the law in which you are interested or to assist in deciding areas of focus. Each section is committed to providing its members with relevant and practical information to the daily practice of law.

Law Student Membership Brochure | Application

Pro Hac Vice

Attorneys authorized to practice law before the highest court of record in any state, territory or country wishing to appear before a New Mexico court in a civil matter may click here for information.