A bar association exists to provide support for practitioners of the legal profession and to enhance the quality of the legal profession by offering accreditation for law universities and determining ethical codes, according to the American Bar Association. The American Bar Association includes within its objectives a commitment to eliminating bias in the legal profession and in the justice system.
In addition to the national and federal bar associations, there are state and local bar associations in all 50 states, notes HG.org Legal Resources. Each state has a state bar association and then a series of local bar associations that are dedicated to particular areas within the legal system. Local bar associations are often concerned with promoting social justice by educating, supporting and empowering certain demographics within the legal system, such as ethnic minorities or the gay, lesbian and transgender population. This is compatible with the stated aims of the American Bar Association, which include a commitment to increasing public understanding of the law and ensuring access to legal resources for all people. Bar associations are also sometimes specific to certain counties or regions, where they aim to provide financial support to both local practitioners within the legal system and to those who seek legal aid.