Gather all external records and other documents, such as court and police records, required to be submitted to the Board as a result of your answers to the Character & Fitness Questionnaire.
For the Certification of Officer, Director or General Counsel of Applicant's Employer form, once you have filled in your own name on the third line of the Certification form, you will print one copy and forward the original to your employer for completion and return to you for filing. The Certification form is NOT electronically filed.
The Certification of Juris Doctorate must be completed by the dean of your law school and returned to you for filing. The Certificate must evidence your receipt of a first degree in law from a law school approved by the American Bar Association at the time you graduated. The completed Certification of Juris Doctorate is to be filed as part of the PAPER portion of your application, NOT electronically.
Forward the Certification of Juris Doctorate to the dean of your law school for completion and return to you for filing.
Obtain from the clerk of the supreme court in every jurisdiction in which you have ever been licensed a Certificate of Good Standing, certifying that you have been admitted to the bar of that jurisdiction, and your current standing with that bar. The form will be supplied by each such jurisdiction. Such certificates must be obtained from the supreme court of each country, US State, US Territory, and the District of Columbia in which you are admitted; you need not obtain such certificates from the system of federal courts. You must be on active status in at least one jurisdiction.
If you have ever held a limited license in any jurisdiction (such as an in-house counsel license), obtain from the clerk of the supreme court of that jurisdiction certification of your admission and the current status of that license.
Obtain from the disciplinary authority of each jurisdiction in which you have ever been admitted a certificate or letter either stating that you have not been suspended, disbarred, or disciplined, and that a) no charges of professional misconduct are pending, OR b) identifying any suspensions, disbarments, or disciplinary sanctions, and any pending charges. The form will be supplied by each such authority. This applies to both full licenses and limited licenses.
6. For applicants who have been licensed and practiced law in a US jurisdiction for fewer than 15 years
, obtain from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) proof that you have passed the MPRE in Illinois or in any jurisdiction in which it was administered.
You must have achieved a scaled score of 80 or more points.
You must have your MPRE score sent to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 625 South College Street, Springfield, IL 62704, by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), which administers the examination. You can register for the MPRE online at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/
If you have previously taken the MPRE and wish to transfer your score to Illinois, you can download the MPRE Score Report Request form at http://www.ncbex.org/fileadmin/mediafiles/downloads/Test_PDFs/MPRE_PDFs/MPRE-ScoreReportRequestForm.pdf
Alternatively, you may forward a check for $15 made payable to the NCBE with a written request for transfer to MPRE Records Department, 301 ACT Drive, PO Box 451, Iowa City IA 52243-0451. Include the following info in your request: full name, address, SSN, date of birth, MPRE test date, signature, and the request that your score is sent to ILLINOIS. Score reports with valid scores sent to Illinois stamped "unofficial" by the NCBE will be accepted. If you have questions regarding the MPRE, please call 319-341-2500. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information or email@example.com for scoring information.
7. For applicants holding foreign law degrees and licenses only
, attach proof of completion of the course on ethics for foreign lawyers approved by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
For your own records, make copies of all paper documents submitted. These copies should be retained with all forms and documents submitted electronically to the Board. Copies of forms and documents submitted to the Board electronically and/or in paper form will not be subsequently available to you.