The North Carolina State Bar is the state agency responsible for regulating the practice of law in North Carolina. This website, along with the North Carolina State Bar Journal, is a place to:

  • Learn more about the regulation of the legal profession in North Carolina
  • Review proposed ethics opinions and proposed amendments to the rules and regulations of the State Bar
  • Research the existing rules, regulations and ethics opinions of the State Bar
  • Catch up on the latest news and information from the State Bar
  • Getting started - not sure where to find the information you need? Start with our State Bar Staff Contacts page.
  • Separate website with information for nonlawyers

North Carolina Supreme Court Approves Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct
The amendments became effective on October 2, 2014. To view the Rules as amended, click here.

2015 Lawyer's Handbook Now Available for Download
The latest edition of the Handbook can be downloaded or printed for free here.

Email Fraud Alert
Last week, the Bar received multiple reports of fraudulent activity relating to wired funds in real estate transactions, with losses as high as $200,000. Click here to read more.  

State Bar Amends Exemption from Random Audit Policy
Click here to read Journal article about new policy.

Click here to download the Exemption from Random Audit form.

Voluntary Good Practices Guidance to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
The ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession has worked with other entities to develop voluntary good practices guidance for lawyers to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The Task Force has concerns about how mandatory gatekeeper provisions might affect confidential attorney-client relationships and other issues. Below are two publications from the ABA Task Force. Publication here does not constitute the position of or an endorsement by the North Carolina State Bar.

Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Detect and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

FAQs on the Gatekeeper Initiative and Voluntary Good Practices Guidance

The New State Bar Headquarters
Click here to see photos of our new building.

Cy Pres/Unpaid Residuals in Class Action Litigation in North Carolina
According to NC statute, the unpaid residuals in class action litigation (unless otherwise ordered by the court) shall be divided and sent equally to the NC State Bar for the provision of civil legal services for indigents and to the Indigent Person’s Attorney Fund, N.C.G.S. §1-267.10. Effective October 1, 2005, the statute applies to causes of action that arise on or after that date.

The State Bar has asked NC IOLTA to administer the funds sent to the State Bar for civil legal aid. Those funds should be sent to: NC IOLTA, PO Box 25996, Raleigh, NC 27611-5996.

More information can be found on the IOLTA website.

Unlimited FDIC Coverage of IOLTA Accounts Ended December 31, 2012
See IOLTA website for additional information.

Become a Mentor or Mentee
The NCBA administers the Mentorship Program. The goals of the program are to allow experienced practitioners to provide assistance to mentees, guide mentees in traversing the realities of practicing law, and communicate the importance of being a citizen lawyer. To find out more about the program or sign up to participate, visit the NCBA website.

Beware of Scams that Target NC Law Practices
Email based trust account scam - read more.
Fake check scam - read more.

Office of Counsel Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

News and Information

Quarterly Meeting Schedule

NC State Bar Headquarters
Annual Meeting
October 20-23
Election of Officers
11:45 AM, October 22, Room 203, State Bar Headquarters
Meeting schedule

NC State Bar Headquarters
January 19-22

Schedule for upcoming council meetings

Public Meeting Notices
View upcoming meetings

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