American Bar Association Law and Legal Definition

The American Bar Association (ABA) is the largest organization of American lawyers. It is a private organization which has no official standing, but is authoritative in formulating guidelines for the practice of law, giving direction to legislation, lobbying for the law profession, and evaluating federal judges. The ABA has more than 400,000 members, and provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. The ABA membership is divided into sections which address professional development, improvement of laws, and continuing education through the work of more than 3,700 committees, and publications of outstanding quality, including 14 magazines, 40 newsletters, four annuals and 12 professional journals. The ABA sections include the following:

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Antitrust Law
Business Law
Criminal Justice
Dispute Resolution
Environment, Energy and Resources
Family Law
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section
Government and Public Sector Lawyers
Health Law
Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Intellectual Property Law
International Law and Practice
Labor and Employment Law
Law Practice Management
Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Public Contract Law
Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
Science and Technology Law
State and Local Government Law
Tort Trial And Insurance Practice Section