The Columbus Bar Association bills itself as "Your Neighborhood Bar." One facet of its mission is to provide "excellent, innovative and cost effective services to members of the legal profession." For law students and new admittees to practice, joining a local bar association like the CBA can provide you numerous benefits at a very low (potentially tax-deductible) cost.
Student membership is free, and you can join a variety of committees to schmooze and network with leading attorneys in your field of interest. For new attorneys, membership is only $150, and you can get 12 hours of free new lawyer training for CLE credit! Discounts and insurance are another great feature of your bar membership.
Members also receive several publications, like the Lawyers Quarterly, that provide educational articles, profiles of judges you may practice in front of, and a host of events and activities you can attend to build your skills and network.