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NOTICES OF ELIGIBILITY / EXAM INSTRUCTIONS


**IMPORTANT**

 
Notices of Eligibility have been posted to the user homepages of all applicants eligible to take the February 2017 Illinois bar examination. Any applicant who has not received a Notice of Eligibility has been found to be ineligible to take the bar examination for one or more reasons and should contact our office immediately. 


Read the Notice of Eligibility carefully. It will guide you to the appropriate set of examination instructions, whether you are a February 21-22 two-day examinee (IL Essay, Multistate Performance Test, Multistate Essay Exam, and Multistate Bar Exam) OR a February 21 one-day examinee (IL Essay, Multistate Performance Test, and Multistate Essay Exam only).

Access the instructions applicable to you by clicking here:

Two Day Examination Instructions
One Day Examination Instructions


NTA:  For applicants with nonstandard testing accommodations, the Notice of Eligibility will explain how you will be provided with your test site information, individualized instructions, testing schedules, etc.

 



ATTENTION: FEB 2017 LAPTOP USERS


The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar has been advised that the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is not compatible with ExamSoft’s SofTest v11. In order to use this computer during the February 2017 Illinois bar examination, applicants using this laptop must disable the Touch Bar prior to entering the exam site. Instructions for disabling the Touch Bar are below. If you will be using a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar during the exam, you must notify our office immediately, and no later than February 14th. A Board staff member and/or someone from ExamSoft’s technical support team will inspect these computers on the day of the exam to ensure that the Touch Bar has been disabled prior to starting the exam, and that the Touch Bar displays Function keys like a standard keyboard and not the default functions. The laptops will be monitored during the exam. Any applicant found during the exam to have the Touch Bar enabled will be immediately dismissed and deemed to have failed. Please notify Stephany Shipp at sshipp@ilbaradmissions.org or Tara Henrikson at thenrikson@ilbaradmissions.org if you will be using a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar on the February 2017 bar exam in Illinois, or if you have any questions or problems.

 

Click Here to learn how you can disable the Touch Bar on a MacBook Pro

 

 

 



UIC GUEST HOUSING FOR FEBRUARY BAR EXAM APPLICANTS


The UIC Guest Housing is located on campus and will be a quick commute to the examination location. Illinois bar examinee applicants will be offered our Shared Space accommodations. In our Shared Space housing, guests will have their own lockable private bedroom, but share a living area, kitchen area, and bathroom with 1-2 other guests within the apartment. To aid in applicant's success, only Illinois bar examinees will be placed together within an apartment.

This discounted rate is available from Saturday, February 18th – Thursday, February 23, 2017. 

Apply online at http://www.housing.uic.edu/halls/guest.php 

*in the “additional comments” section of the reservation, mention code UICBAR*

Reservations are based on availability and there is no deadline for applying.

 



FEBRUARY 2017 BAR EXAM HOTEL ROOMS


                                                The Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro, located at 733 W. Madison Street, is offering a discounted rate of $119 per night for Illinois bar examinees.

The rate would be available Sunday, February 19 - Thursday, February 23, 2017.  The deadline to make reservations has passed, but the hotel may be able to accomodate additional reservations. To Inquire, call Sam Matassa, Resverations Manager, at 312-602-2128.

 

                                                                                                    Use this link to make your online reservations: Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar - Student Booking Link

 

If additional nights are needed, or if making reservations by phone, please call 312-829-5000
You must mention the following group code when making reservations: BD9


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 CROWNE PLAZA.



JULY 2017 BAR EXAM APPLICATION


The application for the July 2017 is now available.



JULY 2017 BAR EXAM HOTEL ROOMS


The Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro, located at 733 W. Madison Street, is offering a discounted rate of $164 per night for Illinois bar examinees.

The rate would be available Sunday, July 23 - Thursday, July 29, 2017.  Reservations must be made by Wednesday June 21, 2017.  Reservations made after the cut-off date would be based on availability. 

Use this link to make your online reservations: Illinois Bar Exam booking link        

If additional nights are needed, or if making reservations by phone, please call 312-829-5000.
You must mention the following group code when making reservations: BR9


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 CROWNE PLAZA.



UIC GUEST HOUSING FOR JULY BAR EXAM APPLICANTS


The UIC Guest Housing is located on campus and will be a quick commute to the examination location. Illinois bar examinee applicants will be offered Shared Space accommodations. In Shared Space housing, guests will have their own lockable private bedroom, but share a living area, kitchen area, and bathroom with 1-2 other guests within the apartment. To aid in applicant’s success, only Illinois bar examinees will be placed together within an apartment.

This discounted rate is available from Saturday, July 22nd – Thursday, July 27th

Apply online at http://www.housing.uic.edu/halls/guest.php 

*in the "additional comments" section of the reservation, mention code UICBAR*

Reservations are based on availability and there is no deadline for applying.



ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOMMODATION REQUEST FORM


Bar exam applicants seeking an Administrative Accommodation at the exam must now fill out an Administrative Accommodation Request Form.  An Administrative Accommodation (AA) provides a courtesy arrangement for applicants with certain health-related issues in standard test rooms following the standard testing schedule. 

Common examples of AA requests:

● MEDICAL DEVICE -Permission to bring a medical device or support such as lumbar cushion, boot, brace, sling, diabetic supply, glucose monitor, insulin pump, inhaler, EpiPen, etc., into the test room;

● SPECIAL SEATING - due to a medical condition (e.g., near restroom due to late stage pregnancy) or need for space for a wheelchair, scooter, crutches or other orthopedic device;

● MEDICATION - Permission to bring over-the-counter or prescription medication or food and beverage for medical reasons;

● BREAST PUMPING - Permission to bring a lactation pump and accessories, including cooler with ice packs, to: Option-1 Standard Test Room – where the examinee will be provided a private space to use the pump during restroom or lunch breaks within the standard testing schedule, or Option 2-AA Test Room – where the examinee will be provided a private space to use the pump during the exam with stop-the-clock breaks of up to 30 minutes per 3 hours of testing. 

Note: administratively-accommodated breast pumping in Option 2 provides the only deviation from the standard testing schedule for which an applicant does not submit Nonstandard Testing Accommodation forms.

★ In contrast, a Nonstandard Testing Accommodation (NTA) is an entirely separate form of accommodation provided to applicants with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) who have health-related conditions such as physical impairments, learning disorders, visual and hearing impairments, and psychiatric and psychological disorders. A NTA accommodation may deviate from the standard testing schedule.  NTA requests are reviewed by an outside consultant, have stricter deadlines, and require specific documentation.



Rule 706 Filing Deadlines


The Illinois Supreme Court has made an amendment to Rule 706. Please follow the link for further information.

 

http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Media/PressRel/2016/052616.pdf



UIC FORUM PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION


 CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY TRAIN

http://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/blueline_schedules/UICHalsted.pdf   

 

CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY BUS

The closest public transportation options are the following CTA buses (which can be taken to blue, green, orange or red El lines), the Intracampus Shuttle and the Halsted Street Metra Station:

North-South HALSTED BUS #8, Roosevelt Stop

  • Southbound Halsted Bus #8 stops just south of the UIC Forum (Halsted & Roosevelt)
  • Northbound Halsted Bus #8 stops just north of the UIC Forum (Halsted & Roosevelt)

East-West ROOSEVELT BUS #12, Halsted Stop

  • Eastbound Roosevelt Bus #12 stops just east of Halsted, right in front of the UIC Forum
  • Westbound Roosevelt Bus #12 stops just east of Halsted, across the street from the UIC Forum

Eastbound 16th-18th BUS #18, Halsted Stop

  • Eastbound 16th-18th Bus #18 stops just east of Halsted, right in front of the UIC Forum

Intracampus Shuttle

  • Stops on Halsted between Taylor and Roosevelt

Halsted Street Metra Station (on Halsted between 15th & 16th streets)

 

PARKING

The main parking lot for the UIC Forum is Lot 5C (located at 1135 South Morgan St. on the corner of Morgan & Roosevelt).

http://www.uic.edu/depts/avcad/parking/facilities.html  or http://maps.uic.edu/# (on this list, use “visitor” lots - Lot 5C most appropriate)  

 

DIRECTIONS

http://www.uic.edu/depts/uicforum/directions.shtml

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the south:  Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94 W).  Take Exit 52B toward Roosevelt Road/Taylor Street.  Stay straight to go onto Ruble Street.  Turn left onto West Roosevelt Road.

From the north:  Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90 E).  Take the Taylor Street exit 52A toward Roosevelt Road.  Stay straight to go onto South Union Avenue.  Turn right onto Roosevelt Road. 

From the east:   US – 41S/Edens Expressway becomes I-94 E.  Merge onto I-90 E/I-94 E.  Take the Taylor Street exit 52A toward Roosevelt Road. Stay straight to go onto South Union Avenue.  Turn right on Roosevelt Road.

From the west:  Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290 E).  Take the Ryan Expy/I-90 E/I-94 E exit toward Indiana.  Take the Taylor Street exit 52A toward Roosevelt Road.  Stay straight to go onto South Union Avenue.  Turn right on Roosevelt Road. 

 


CHANGES TO ADMISSION ON MOTION AND LIMITED ADMISSION OF HOUSE COUNSEL


CHANGES TO ADMISSION ON MOTION AND LIMITED ADMISSION OF HOUSE COUNSEL 
Effective January 1, 2016, the prior practice requirement for admission on motion will be lowered from five (5) years to three (3) years.
Also, effective January 1, 2016, attorneys licensed to practice in foreign jurisdictions will be allowed to obtain a limited house counsel license.
You may view copies of Amended Rule 705 – Admission on Motion and Amended Rule 716 – Limited Admission of House Counsel below.

 

https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/amended-rules-705-and-716

 

 

 



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