Regular membership is open to any person (a) who is a graduate of an accredited law school or who has, by reading and studying the law in an attorney's office, been entitled to take a bar exam in any state and who resides in the Commonwealth of Virginia or (b) who has been admitted to membership in the Virginia State Bar.

Associate membership is open to any person (a) who is an active law student or is attending an accredited law school, or (b) who is a current law reader in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

How to Become a Member

If you choose to purchase your membership online via Paypal:

  1. Choose your membership category below and click the corresponding Buy Now button. You will be directed to a page where you can complete your purchase.
  2. IMPORTANT: Once you complete your purchase, copy the Receipt Number on the confirmation screen. You will need to paste this number in the Membership Categories section on the registration form. If you do not see the Receipt Number, copy the Transaction ID that is found at the top of your emailed receipt.
  3. Click the Return to Merchant Site button where you will be directed to the VWAA Membership Registration form.
  4. Fill out the form, select the membership you purchased from the Membership Categories dropdown, and paste the Receipt Number or Transaction ID in the field.
  5. When finished, submit the form

If you qualify for a Free membership, choose the Join Now button next to the applicable category.

If you choose to pay by check:

Membership Categories


Lawyer (admitted to practice five years or more) $ 125.00*
Lawyer (admitted to practice four years or less) $  75.00*
Lawyer (admitted to practice one year or less) FREE  
Full Time Law School Employee  $30.00*
Public Sector/Non-Profit Employee $75.00*


Law student (non-voting) FREE 


Judge (non-voting) Complimentary (Annually) 


Age 70, Retired from Practice AND Member of either VSB or any Bar & a Resident of VA $30.00*

*A PayPal service charge of 2.9% plus a $0.30 per transaction fee will be assessed on all PayPal payments. Currently these fees will result in the following charges (subject to change should PayPal fees increase):

  • $125 (Lawyer more than 5 yrs) will be charged $128.93
  • $75 (Lawyer less than 5 yrs or Non Profit) will be charged $77.48
  • $30 (Law school employee or retiree) will be charged $31.17