San Diego County Bar Association

Find San Diego County California bar associations. Bar associations provide information about lawyers and law firms, legal aid, criminal defense attorneys, child support, bankruptcy, divorce, litigation, probate, immigration, paralegals, family law, power of attorney, ABA, state bars including CBA and CalBar, MPRE, and Esq.


San Diego County - Bar Association 1333 Seventh Avenue San Diego CA 92101 619-231-7015


San Diego County Bar Association 249 South Indiana Avenue Vista CA 92084 760-758-5833

San Diego County CA Bar Association 401 West A Street San Diego CA 92101 619-231-0781

About San Diego County Bar Associations

San Diego County Bar Associations are professional associations for attorneys and, in some cases, law students and other professionals in San Diego County, CA. Bar Associations are established to promote the practice of law as a profession, primarily through continuing education opportunities and the development and enforcement of professional standards for its members. Bar Associations also promote public service by encouraging San Diego County members to offer pro bono legal services. Bar Associations have a role in granting permission to practice law in San Diego County. Bar Associations can be grouped into two categories: voluntary and mandatory.

You may contact the Bar Association for questions about:
  • San Diego County Bar Association registration and membership
  • Voluntary and mandatory Bar Associations
  • Pro bono legal advice in San Diego County, CA
  • Filing complaints against lawyers and attorneys
  • The San Diego County bar
  • Looking up attorney records
San Diego County Mandatory Bar Associations

Mandatory Bar Associations, also known as Unified or Integrated Bar Associations, are Bar Associations that have been delegated the authority to control admission to the bar by state statute or the state court system. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia have Mandatory Bar Associations. Membership in the Mandatory Bar Association is required in order to practice law in these states. In addition to establishing rules for admission and conduct, Mandatory Bar Associations administer the California bar exam.

Voluntary Bar Associations

Voluntary Bar Associations promote the legal profession but do not regulate admission to the bar in their states, and membership is not required in order to practice law. In these states, a separate entity or authority regulates admission to the bar. The activities of Voluntary Bar Associations focus on furthering members' professional development, promoting standards of conduct, and networking. Some San Diego County bars may also make recommendations or nominations for appointments to judgeships. Voluntary Bar Associations exist at the national, state, and local levels. Membership is often open to law students and other professionals that do not practice law.

American Bar Association in San Diego County

The American Bar Association is a voluntary, national Bar Association that is active in setting academic standards for law schools, as well as upholding ethical standards and promoting continuing education among its members. The American Bar Association has also developed model rules for allowing lawyers licensed in one state to practice in another.

Special Interest Bar Associations & Groups

In addition to numerous Voluntary Bar Associations established for California state, San Diego County, and localities, many have been created for specific groups of lawyers or for lawyers with specialized areas of expertise. Examples include San Diego County Bar Associations created for women or minority lawyers, or for specialists in bankruptcy, immigration, or family law.