MEMBERSHIP

The Social Law Library was founded in 1803 as a non-profit legal research library to be managed by its Proprietors and used by its members and the Courts. The principal funding for the Library is derived from annual Membership dues.

In order to use the Social Law Library, a current membership is required. The Library offers a number of membership plans depending on the size and location of the practice. The fiscal year 2016 Regular Rate Membership fee is $425 per year/ per attorney/ per term and $305 per year/ per attorney/ per term for Reduced RateClick here for a list of regular and reduced rate towns. Because the membership term runs from October 1 through September 30, the membership fee is prorated three times during the term.

Membership includes unlimited access to the Substantive Law Library searchable databases on our web site including: Code of Massachusetts Regulations, Massachusetts General Laws, Appeals Court Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court Decisions, Massachusetts Rules of Court, Massachusetts State Constitution, and more.

Attorneys and members of the public are allowed to join via the Membership Types listed below. Any person can join – you do not have to be an attorney –there is no special rate for non-attorneys. 

For further information, please contact the Membership Services office at (617) 226-1530, or e-mail: members@socialaw.com. [Please include your name, address and phone number in the body of the message.] 

Membership Type   Description    How to Apply/Rates 
Solo attorneys or firms under 12 attorneys Organizations of this size can sign up one or as many of their attorneys as they wish.
Rate is based on geographic location.  Click here to register online.
Large Law Firms
(over 12 attorneys)
Firms of this size must choose a membership plan and contact the membership office.
Rate is based on geographic locationInterested attorneys and/or organizations should contact the Membership Office at
(617) 226-1530 or at members@socialaw.com.
Massachusetts State Agencies and Courts Available to attorneys at MA state agencies and courts that serve the entire Commonwealth. Attorneys must join through their parent organization. Interested attorneys and/or  organizations should contact the Membership Office at
(617) 226-1530 or at
members@socialaw.com
Student Memberships

Available to current full-time law or legal profession students with Library approval. Valid college ID required.*

$50 for period ending September 30. You may contact the Membership Office at (617) 226-1530 or at members@socialaw.com
Retired Attorneys Attorneys who are retired with the MA BBO and who have been active members of of the Social Law Library for at least five years are eligible for this rate.
$40 for period ending September 30. Interested attorneys and/or organizations should contact the Membership Office at (617) 226-1530 or at members@socialaw.com
Charitable Organizations 501(c)(3) charities can enroll their legal staffs for no dues charges. Interested attorneys and/or organizations should contact the Membership Office at (617) 226-1530 or at members@socialaw.com.
One-Day Courtesy Pass The Library offers to all members of the public a one-day courtesy pass. ‡ Application available at the Membership Office and Circulation Desk

* Student Memberships are intended for the exclusive use by individual students for purposes of their personal academic studies. Use of a Student Membership to access or obtain Library resources or services for or on behalf of another individual or entity is strictly prohibited and shall constitute grounds for revocation of a Student Membership.   

‡ See Courtesy Pass Policy and Why is the Social Law Library not Open to the Public Generally and Where to Access Free Legal Materials.