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What is the American Bar Association?

The American Bar Association (ABA) is the largest voluntary professional association of lawyers (or any group of professionals) in the world with more than 400,000 members. It provides law school accreditation (approval), provides continuing legal education services, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work and a variety of other legal services. The ABA’s stated mission is “to serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.”

After they graduate from law school, students must study for and pass the bar exam administered by the American Bar Association before they can practice (iStock).

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