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ILLINOIS BOARD of ADMISSIONS to THE BAR

ILLINOIS BOARD of ADMISSIONS to THE BAR

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THE FINAL LATE FILING DEADLINE FOR THE JULY BAR EXAM HAS BEEN CHANGED TO APRIL 30


Amended Rule 706

Rule 706. Filing Deadlines and Fees of Registrants and Applicants (a) Character and Fitness Registration. Character and fitness registration applications filed with applications to take the bar examination shall be accompanied by a registration fee of $450. (b) Applications to Take the Bar Examination.

The fees and deadlines for filing applications to take the February bar examination are as follows:

(1) $500 for applications submitted on or before the regular filing deadline of September 15 preceding the examination;

(2) $700 for applications submitted after September 15 but on or before the late filing deadline of November 1; and

(3) $1000 for applications submitted after November 1 but on or before the final late filing deadline of November 30 December 15.

The fees and deadlines for filing applications to take the July bar examination are as follows:

(1) $500 for applications submitted on or before the regular filing deadline of February 15 preceding the examination;

(2) $700 for applications submitted after February 15 but on or before the late filing deadline of April 1; and

(3) $1000 for applications submitted after April 1 but on or before the final late filing deadline of April 30 May 15.

(c) Applications for Reexamination. The fees and deadlines for filing applications for reexamination at a February bar examination are as follows:

(1) $500 for applications submitted on or before the regular reexamination filing deadline of November 1;

(2) $850 for applications submitted after November 1 but on or before the final late filing deadline of November 30 December 15.

The fee fees and deadline deadlines for filing applications for reexamination at a July bar examination are as follows:

$500 for applications submitted on or before April 30. the regular reexamination filing deadline of May 1;

(2)-$850 for applications submitted after May 1 but on or before the final late filing deadline of May 15.

(d) Late Applications. The Board of Admissions to the Bar shall not consider requests for late filing of applications after the final bar examination filing deadlines set forth in the preceding subparagraphs (b) and (c).



FEE INCREASE FOR THE FOLLOWING APPLICATIONS


Effective January 1, 2023, the application fee for Admission on Motion under Rule 705 has been increased to $1,500.

 

Effective January 1, 2023, the application fee for Limited Admission of House Counsel under Rule 716 has been increased to $1,500.

 

Effective January 1, 2023, the application fee for Admission by Transferred UBE Score under Rule 704A has been increased to $1,500.



JULY 2023 EXAM APPLICATIONS




Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar Seeks Director


Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar seeks a Director of Administration. A description of the duties and qualifications and application process can be found below. 

Notice of Position Opening



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.

 



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. 

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