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ILLINOIS BOARD of ADMISSIONS to THE BAR

ILLINOIS BOARD of ADMISSIONS to THE BAR

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FEBRUARY 2023 BAR EXAM HOTEL ROOMS


Hilton Chicago, located at 720 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, is offering a discounted guest room rate of $139 +tax per night for Illinois bar examinees.  The rate is available Sunday, February 19 - Friday, February 24, 2023.  Reservations must be made by Thursday, January 26, 2023.   

BOOKING LINK:  https://book.passkey.com/go/2023ILBarExam

If additional nights are needed outside of February 19-24, or if making reservations by phone, call Hilton reservations at 1-877-865-5320. Refer to the group “2023 Bar Exam” or “BEX”.


REDUCED-PRICE ROOMS ARE GENERALLY RESERVED WELL

BEFORE THE DEADLINE SO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION AS SOON

AS POSSIBLE. IT IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO EXPAND THE

ROOM BLOCK, AND THE BOARD MAKES NO GUARANTEE OF ROOM AVAILABILITY OR REDUCED RATE AT THE HILTON CHICAGO.

 



APPLICATIONS FOR THE FEBRUARY 2023 EXAMINATION




FEBRUARY 2023 BAR EXAM


The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar is planning an in-person bar examination administration for February 2023.  No remote option is available. 

Currently, all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted by the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago.  We are currently not enforcing a mask mandate or social distancing.  Applicants will be seated two per table, and masks will be allowed if applicants and staff choose to wear one.  We are also not requiring proof of vaccination.  We understand that continued health and safety are critical, so the Board is monitoring health and safety mandates and recommendations concerning COVID-19. Applicants for the February 2023 exam should be aware that conditions and protocols may change between now and the time of the exam, and the Board will make needed modifications to exam procedures as required and recommended by federal, state and local authorities.  

Please check this site and your user home page frequently for updates.

We will post hotel information under announcements once it is available. 



Statement on Diversity and Inclusion


The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive legal profession. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory atmosphere and to provide equal opportunity for admission into the legal profession in the state of Illinois.  We respect and value individuals' life experiences, heritages, and voices. 



Admission by Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Transfer


Please be aware that beginning with the July 2022 bar examination, Illinois will no longer offer applicants the option of transferring a qualifying Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) score and then sitting for the first-day written portion of the bar examination.  The only examination offered for the July 2022 examination, and any subsequent examination, will be the two-day Uniform Bar Examination as defined in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 704. 



Admission by Transferred October 2020 Remote Examination Score


If you earned a score in Arizona*, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, or the Virgin Islands** on the October 2020 bar exam and wish to use that score to apply for admission in Illinois, the application for Admission by Transferred October 2020 Remote Examination Score is now available.  Click here to initiate an application https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/confirmselectapplication.action?id=240

*Arizona approved October 2021

**Virgin Islands approved May 2021



RECIPROCITY ANNOUNCEMENT


Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar Announces Reciprocity Agreements

Per the order of the Illinois Supreme Court authorizing the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar to consult with other jurisdictions administering the October 5-6, 2020 NCBE remote exam to arrange for reciprocity, the Board is pleased to announce that Illinois will engage in reciprocity with the following jurisdictions:

Arizona

Connecticut

District of Columbia

Kentucky

Maryland

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

Ohio

Oregon

Tennessee

Vermont

Virgin Islands

 

 

Other jurisdictions may be added to this list.

Per the agreement, the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar is required to provide these jurisdictions with the names of applicants sitting for our exam, their NCBE numbers, and earned score.  Any applicant wishing to opt out of having this information released to the above-named jurisdictions (and any other jurisdictions added later) should contact Deputy Director Larie McGill, lmcgill@ilbaradmissions.org.  Note that if you choose to opt out, you are opting out of reporting to ALL jurisdictions. 

Applicants should be aware that this agreement applies only to scores earned on the October 5-6, 2020 exam.  It does not apply to any other score or any other exam.



Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711(g)


 

Please be aware that the Illinois Supreme Court has amended Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711(g).  Below is the link to the amended Rule.

https://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Resources/71322647-b454-4b94-a2c1-2db33cd0af3c/070220.pdf



COVID 19 PANDEMIC


As our nation addresses the COVID-19 pandemic, IBAB is taking steps to assure the health and safety of our employees and the community.  We are still operating, but many employees are working remotely.   Our office is closed to the public.  Staff is available via email, and that will be the most efficient method for us to assist you. 

 

If you have questions about an exam or UBE transfer application pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rules 704, 704A, or 715, please email a file processor:

 

Last Name A-Bo:  Diana Hobrock, dhobrock@ilbaradmissions.org

Last Name Br-E:  Dorothy Holmes, dholmes@ilbaradmissions.org

Last Name F-Jam:  Judith McDonough, jmcdonough@ilbaradmissions.org

Last Name Jan-Mas:  Lisa Bailey, lbailey@ilbaradmissions.org

Last Name Mat-Pl:  Stephany Shipp, sshipp@ilbaradmissions.org

Last Name Po-Ste:  Tammy Adams, tadams@ilbaradmissions.org

Last Name Sti-Z:  Tara Henrikson, thenrikson@ilbaradmissions.org

Nonstandard:  Ty Perry, tperry@ilbaradmissions.org

 

If you have a question about laptop testing, please email Stephany Shipp, sshipp@ilbaradmissions.org, or Tara Henrikson, thenrikson@ilbaradmissions.org

 

For questions about applications pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rules 705, 712, 716, 717, and 719, please email Paula Ramsey-Brown, pramsey-brown@ilbaradmissions.org

 

For inquiries about Character and Fitness processes, please email Vanessa Williams, vwilliams@ilbaradmissions.org

 

Questions about non-standard testing accommodations should be directed to Ty Perry, tperry@ilbaradmissions.org

 

Questions concerning MPRE and MBE score transfers, administrative accommodations, or study materials, contact Carrie Homann, chomann@ilbaradmissions.org

 

Inquiries from law schools and bar admission entities should be directed to Larie McGill, lmcgill@ilbaradmissions.org

 

All other inquiries, please contact Nancy Vincent, nvincent@ilbaradmissions.org

 

 

Understand that not all inquiries can be handled immediately, and we thank you for your patience.  Be safe and be well.