Frequently Asked Questions - Membership Model
AHLA is committed to being an inclusive organization that welcomes both health lawyers and health law professionals. Each member is empowered to select the AHLA content, services, and products that best meet their professional needs and provide the greatest value. AHLA’s membership model includes three levels from which to choose, based on the bundle of benefits chosen.
Who is eligible for discounted pricing on membership?
For those who are academicians, in-house counsel, paralegals, solo practitioners, or work in the public sector (local, state, or federal government), AHLA provides an additional discount off the Full and Enhanced membership level pricing. Additional discounts are also made available when registering for programs and distance learning events.
How are Practice Groups incorporated into a membership?
When individuals become and remain AHLA members, they select a membership level that includes access to one, two, or all Practice Groups. Access to one Practice Group is included when selecting the Full membership level, two Practice Groups when selected the Enhanced membership level, and all Practice Groups when selecting the Premium membership level.
What is a member’s anniversary date?
An individual’s membership anniversary date is based on the month that one joins AHLA unless the firm or organization has a group billing arrangement. For those members covered by a group bill, the expiration date is aligned to match the month that the organization pays for everyone.
Does everyone at the firm, in-house department, or organization need to select the same membership level?
How can a member change his/her membership level?
Members can upgrade to a higher membership level at any time during the year by contacting AHLA or may wait until their membership is up for renewal, reassess their professional needs, and change the membership level at that time.
How can a member gain access to the Association’s Health Law Archive?
A complimentary subscription to the Archive is included in the membership package when joining or renewing at the Premium level.
The Enhanced membership level includes discounted pricing when registering for webinars. How does this work?
When registering for webinars, pricing automatically reflects the applicable discount.
The Premium membership includes access to the Health Law Archive, an educational pass that grants free access to all AHLA webinars and educational calls, special pricing when registering for AHLA programs, and access to all the Practice Groups. How does this work?
When registering for webinars or educational calls, no fee is required. When registering for programs, pricing automatically reflects the applicable discount. The Health Law Archive is accessible as a benefit of the premium membership.
Premium Members must opt-in to the Practice Groups they would like to join. Premium Members can add Practice Groups by logging into the AHLA website and selecting the “My Membership” option.
We have law students as summer associates. Can they join AHLA?
Yes. If they do not hold a JD degree, they can become a student subscriber while in active student status for up to three years. A student subscriber receives select free AHLA benefits, including digital access to the Health Law Connections magazine; the Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law; AHLA Weekly and AHLA Newsstand electronic newsletters, and admission to the Association’s online topical communities and professional networks. Student subscribers also receive special, discounted pricing when registering for programs and distance learning events. A student can opt to pay for the Full, Enhanced or Premium membership level if they wish to receive additional benefits.
What is the Health Law Network?
The Association’s Health Law Network is a community platform for AHLA members, digital subscribers, and student subscribers. It includes a collection of online discussion lists that offer a forum for dialogue and encourage colleagues to connect with one another on topics that interest them most. Content in the Health Law Discussion Forum is tagged with the area of health law it relates to, which enables one to find the resources and threads related to a specific area of interest.
The Volunteer Town Square lists opportunities for members to lend their time and expertise as speakers, writers, ambassadors, leaders, mentors, judging panels, and more. The Association’s content-generating groups like Practice Groups, special councils, and planning committees post available openings and members can identify and volunteer for the opportunities that best meet their needs in terms of type of engagement, time, and subject area expertise.
What are Professional Networks?
AHLA’s current professional networks include Accessibility in Health Law, BIPOC in Health Law, Compliance Professionals, Early Career Professionals, LGBTQ+ in Health Law, Life Members, Solo Practitioners, and Advancing Women in Health Law. Members can subscribe to any or all the Networks at no additional cost and are able to receive messages in real-time, in a digest with other community messages, or by checking online.
What are the Member Category definitions?
- Academician = full-time faculty at a law or graduate school
- Attorney = individual holding a JD degree and engaged in the practice of law, includes firm counsel, of counsel, special counsel, or senior counsel
- Health Law Professional = legal professional meeting or associated for a common purpose related to the legal profession, e.g., compliance and regulatory professionals, privacy officers, consultants, accountants and finance officers, economists, hospital and medical office administrators and practitioners.
- In-House Counsel = attorney or lawyer practicing in a hospital or health care system, HMO, health care insurer, or professional association setting
- Paralegal = individual who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal
- Public Sector = health law professional working in the public sector; non-profit legal service or legal advocacy organization; federal, state, or local government work setting; or public health organization or agency
- Solo Practitioner = lawyer who practices independently, in a law firm that may include non-lawyer support personnel but does not include other lawyers
- Student Subscriber = enrolled full time at a law or graduate school; free benefits for up to three years; individual may not already hold a JD degree
What features/benefits make up each of the three tiers?
The chart below lists the features and benefits you will receive under the membership model:
Pick the Benefits That Are Right for You
|Access to Member Resources
|All Access Pass
Annual Member Dues
Premium Membership: $525
Enhanced Membership: $400
Full Membership: $300
|Member Publications and E-Newlsetters with essential health law news updates
• Health Law Daily
|Practice Group(s) of your choice
|All Access Pass
|2 Practice Groups
|1 Practice Group
|Live Webinars* with CLE and CPE
|All Access Pass
|One Free (Member Discount thereafter)
|Member Discount: ($50 savings)
|Health Law Archive—a vast database of health law knowledge, searching more than 30,000 documents from AHLA
|All Access Pass
|Member-only Add-on Available
|Member-only Add-on Available
|Discounts on in-person and virtual programs
|Deeper Discount ($275 total savings)
|Additional Discount ($225 total savings)
|Member Discount ($175 savings)
|Treatises and other publications, on-demand products (recorded webinars, ePrograms, etc.), and other products
AHLA Communities discussion groups
* Benefit refers to live webinars only and does not include on-demand products (recorded webinars, ePrograms, etc.).
Note: Receive $50 off your Full or Enhanced membership when you are an academician, in-house counsel, paralegal, solo practitioner or work in the public sector (non-profit legal service or legal advocacy organization; federal, state or local government work setting; or public health organization or agency).