JULY 2017 BAR EXAM APPLICATION
The application for the July 2017 is now available.
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.
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.
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.
UIC FORUM PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY TRAIN
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:
- 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)
- 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 stops just east of Halsted, right in front of the UIC Forum
- Stops on Halsted between Taylor and Roosevelt
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)
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.
DEADLINE FOR RULE 715 APPLICATIONS
The April 29 deadline for the July 2015 exam has now passed. Rule 715 applicants must now wait to take the February 2016 bar exam. The 90 day deadline for the February 2016 bar exam is November 25.
THE RULES OF PROCEDURE HAVE BEEN AMENDED
PRESS RELEASE MARCH 27, 2015
The July 2017 bar examination passing score will remain at 266.
Board of Admissions to the Bar Announces Revised Schedule and Modified Increases in Passing Score for Bar Examination
On March 16, 2015, representatives of the Deans of the Illinois Law Schools (“Deans”) and Board of Admissions to the Bar (“Board”) met with the Illinois Supreme Court Justices “Court”) to discuss the raising of the minimum passing score on the Illinois bar examination. The Deans and the Board expressed their respective concerns regarding the process, rationale, and timing involved in raising the passing score. After considering these concerns, the Court approved a revision to both the number of points and the schedule previously adopted for raising this score.
The Deans and Board will review the results of the examinations with the 266 passing score and will make their recommendations to the Court.
In addition, the Court will appoint a dean of an Illinois law school to serve as an ex officio member of the Board to establish a formal tie between the Deans and the Board.
RECEIPT OF APPLICATION MATERIALS CANNOT BE VERIFIED BY PHONE OR EMAIL
Receipt of application materials cannot be verified by phone. Applicants are advised to forward paper materials by overnight carrier or USPS return receipt requested; for verification of delivery, please contact your selected carrier.
EMAIL FOR FASTER ANSWERS!
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