Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar
Rule 704A Admission By Transferred Uniform Bar Examination Score
Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar
625 South College Street
Springfield IL 62704
Fax 217-522-3728 and -6589
INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING APPLICATION FOR RULE 704A ADMISSION BY TRANSFERRED UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION SCORE
The requirements for Admission by Transferred UBE Score are outlined in the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 704A.Click here to read Rule 704A Please read and understand these requirements before making application under Rule 704A.
You will be asked below to acknowledge that you have read and understand these Pre-Application Instructions before accessing the application forms.
For your application to be properly filed, you must submit the electronic application, prescribed filing fee, authorization and release form, and transfer a UBE score of at least 266 obtained within the preceding 48 months. If you fail to complete the filing process within three months of submission of the electronic application, you will be required to submit an entirely new application as if applying for the first time.
1. TWO-PART APPLICATION. Your application consists of two equally important parts: 1) an online application filed on this website and 2) external documents to be uploaded and mailed to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar “IBAB” at the above address. The external documents are outlined below.
2. ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION. IBAB communicates primarily in two ways: via your user homepage portal and via the email you provide. We will rarely, if ever, send paper mail. All information and announcements are posted at www.ilbaradmissions.org. It is important that you check this website and your personal IBAB account on a regular basis to review our latest postings. Immediately update contact information on your Personal Info page by using the "Click here to update your login information" link, then direct email me to also advise. Failure to update regarding an email change could result in your missing very important deadlines and information. TIP: Add our web address to your web address book to ensure that your Internet service provider does not filter out emails from IBAB. You are deemed by IBAB to have received and read any email it sends to the email address you have provided.
3. FILING DEADLINE AND FEE. There is no filing deadline for submitting an application for admission by UBE score transfer. The fee is $1,250. Pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 706(j), filing fees are not refundable or transferable even if you withdraw your application or for any other reason.
Fees may be paid in one of two ways:
By credit or debit card on our website after you have completed your online application. We accept Mastercard, Visa and Discover. A convenience fee will be added to each credit card payment. Warning: If your credit card charge is denied, your application will NOT have been electronically submitted.
By cashier’s check, certified check or money order (US Dollars). The check/money order must accompany your paper documents (see #1, above) and must be postmarked within 14 days of the electronic application submission date. As you are responsible for the timely delivery of your payment and documents, we strongly recommend that you use a mail or courier service that will track the delivery of your package.
UNACCEPTABLE forms of payment: personal checks, travelers checks, and corporate and law firm checks.
4. REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION
(a) Transferred UBE Score. Have submitted to the Board’s office your official UBE score of at least 266 that was obtained in the preceding 48 months from the date of your properly submitted application. Instructions for submitting your request can be found at the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE): http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/scores
(b) MPRE. Rule 704A(c) required that you submit proof of a valid MPRE score, which in Illinois is a scaled score of 80 or above. To register to take the MPRE or to transfer an MPRE score to Illinois, visit the NCBE website at http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mpre/registration.
(c) Character and Fitness Questionnaire. The completed character and fitness questionnaire must be filed electronically, and not in paper form.
(d) Any and all records and other documents, such as police reports/citations, court and military records, required as a result of your answers to the character and fitness questionnaire. These documents are either uploaded or mailed and must be postmarked within 14 days of the electronic application submission date.
(e) Illinois State Police Criminal History Form which must be filed electronically.
(f) Illinois Authorization and Release Form which must be filed electronically
(g) Certification of Juris Doctorate. Print and forward the Certification of Juris Doctorate to your law school for completion and delivery to IBAB. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Dean of your law school files the completed certificate on your behalf.
(h) Driving record for the last 10 years in all jurisdictions you have held a drivers license.
(i) Certificate of Good Standing from the clerk of the supreme court of each jurisdiction in which you are licensed certifying that you have been admitted to and are now a member in good standing of the bar of that jurisdiction and must reflect your disciplinary history. Such certificates must be obtained from the supreme court of each country, US State, or US Territory (including the District of Columbia) in which you are admitted; however, you need not obtain such certificates from the system of federal courts. In that event, you must also obtain a certificate of good standing from each federal court where you maintain an active and continuous practice.
ILLINOIS EDUCATIONAL COMPONENT
Illinois has post-admission MCLE requirements. The rules and all requirements can be found here: Supreme Court Rule 793c:
Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois information:
MISCELLANEOUS - Name of law license, Character and Fitness Committee assignment.
Before filling out your application, please be aware that your NAME will appear on your law license exactly as typed on your application.
The mailing address entered on your application will determine the Character and Fitness judicial district to which you will be assigned. You may be required to appear in your assigned district for a personal interview with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee. Please be advised that regardless of a subsequent relocation on your part, you will not be reassigned to another district once your file has been referred to a Committee member for review.
11. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. Properly filed applications will be acknowledged by email within 2-4 weeks of receipt.