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ILLINOIS BOARD of ADMISSIONS to THE BAR

Rule 717 Limited Admission of Legal Service Program Lawyers General Information

Rule 717 Limited Admission of Legal Service Program Lawyers

A lawyer who is licensed in a US jurisdiction other than Illinois and employed in Illinois for an organized legal service, public defender or law school clinical program providing legal assistance to indigent persons may under prescribed circumstances apply for a temporary, limited license to practice law in Illinois.

Limited Admission of Legal Service Program Lawyers is authorized and governed by Illinois Supreme Court Rule 717.

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Eligibility for limited license

A lawyer admitted to the practice of law in another state or the District of Columbia who meets the educational requirements of Rule 703 may receive a limited license to practice law in this state when the lawyer is employed in Illinois for an organized legal service, public defender or law school clinical program providing legal assistance to indigent persons.

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Application filing requirements

The applicant must file with the Board of Admissions to the Bar a completed application in the form prescribed by the Board, along with specified certificates, affidavits, and other proofs, and the $100 application filing fee.

Each applicant for a limited license under this Rule must receive certification of good moral character and general fitness to practice law by the Committee on Character and Fitness.

Limitations of practice

Licensed legal service program lawyers employed by an employer described above may perform legal services in this state solely on behalf of such employer and the indigent clients represented by such employer. In criminal matters classified as felonies, the lawyer may participate only as an assistant of a supervising member of the bar who shall be present and responsible for the conduct of the proceedings.

Duration of license

The maximum duration of a Rule 717 limited license is 18 months after admission to practice.

No credit toward admission on motion

A lawyer's practice under a Rule 717 limited license shall not be counted toward his or her eligibility for admission on motion under Rule 705.

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