We know you’ve been searching for some useful and valuable information on becoming a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois. It seems very hard when you’re just about to start your journey, so we are here to help you. We have researched and summarized the information on attorney licensure in Illinois.
Like all other states, the State of Illinois also has its state regulatory agencies, and for each profession, there is a State Board that regulates the whole process of becoming a licensed specialist. Here are the necessary steps you have to take to get through the whole procedure.
Who licenses the attorneys in the State of Illinois?
Attorneys are licensed by the Illinois State Bar. The Bar administers the State Bar Exam which you have to pass to become a licensed attorney.
How can I become a licensed attorney in Illinois?
The process of licensure is long and can be exhausting when you don’t have enough information about it. But if you follow this list to plan your steps or if you find which situation best describes you right now, it will become a lot easier to arrange your activities.
Undergraduate Pre-Law education Applications of the lawyers to the Illinois Bar are monitored and administered by the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar. According to the decision of the Illinois Board of Admissions, the applicants to the Bar must earn a pre-law degree with at least 90 semester hours from a university or a college that is approved by the Board. Your university or college can be approved by the American Bar Association and by the Board if it is accredited by a regional or national accreditation body listed in the U.S. Department of Education database. Although it is not obligatory to earn a degree at this stage, it is highly preferred if you hold a Bachelor’s degree.
LSAT exam Following the decision of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar, you need to graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, for which you must pass the LSAT exam – the Law School Admission Test. Be sure to apply for this test online and pay the $190 fee for the exam.
Studying in a Law School in Illinois Once you get a passing score on the LSAT exam, you are admitted to a Law School. The ABA-accredited law school can be anywhere in the United States, not just in Illinois. Here you have to earn your J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree to be able to apply for the State Bar Exam.
Apply to sit for the Illinois State Bar Exam You can take this exam only two times in the year – in February and July.
If you have passed the State Bar Exam with a high score, we have good news for you: you are admitted to the Illinois Bar! Now you are a part of it and you can be considered a licensed attorney in Illinois!
How to know if an attorney is licensed in Illinois?
On this page, you can find a search tool that we have designed to make the license search easier for you. You just need to enter the credentials of a lawyer to check if the lawyer’s license is up to date. You can see more details about his job history and law school too. This tool is also good if you are a licensed attorney in Illinois and you need to view what others will see when searching for your details.
Good luck in your adventure and be sure that nothing is impossible when the goal is real!
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