New Lawyer Checklist
Admitted Attorney Checklist
- Register with
the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme
Court of Illinois (ARDC)
- Find your registration
letter from the ARDC, which you will receive shortly after your
- Go online at www.iardc.org, click on Lawyer
- Use your web access ID
which is in the letter from the ARDC
- The registration
deadline is December 31.
- Any questions? Contact the
ARDC at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
(312) 565-2600 or, from within Illinois, at (800) 826-8625
- Complete MCLE
Newly Admitted Attorney Requirements by Completion Deadline
- A Basic Skills Course of
no less than six hours. An attorney may satisfy this requirement by
participating in a mentoring program approved by the Illinois Supreme
Court’s Commission on Professionalism.
- At least nine additional
hours of Illinois approved MCLE credit. These nine hours may include any
number of hours approved for professional responsibility credit.
Completing the mentoring program cited above counts toward these nine
hours only if it was not completed in lieu of the Basic Skills course.
(You cannot start earning these hours until after you are sworn into the
- The completion deadline is
the last day of the month that you were admitted to the Illinois bar
– one year later. (For example, if you were admitted May 1, 2015,
your completion deadline is May 31, 2016).
- Report MCLE
by Reporting Deadline
Once you have completed the
15 hours of MCLE requirements above, you must submit an online or paper
compliance report to the MCLE Board www.mcleboard.org by the
“reporting deadline”. The reporting deadline is 31 days
after the completion deadline. (For example, if your completion
deadline is May 31, 2016 then your reporting deadline is July 1,
- Initial 2
– Year MCLE Reporting Period (AFTER completion of the above Newly
Admitted Attorney Requirement)
Regardless of admission
date, a newly-admitted attorney's initial two-year reporting period for
complying with the general MCLE requirements (30 total hours, including
at least six hours of professional responsibility (PR) ) begins after
the completion deadline for the newly admitted attorney requirement
Your reporting group is
based on your last name on file with the ARDC on your swearing-in date.
Once you are admitted, your reporting group does not change even if your
Your initial two-year
reporting period begins on the July 1 after the completion deadline for
your reporting group – an even-numbered year for A-M last names
and an odd-numbered year for N-Z last names. For example, if attorneys
Smith and Jones were admitted in May 2015, the initial two-year
reporting period starts July 1, 2017 for Atty. Smith and July 1, 2016
for Atty. Jones.
To confirm your initial
2-year reporting period, go to the MCLE Board Web site at www.mcleboard.org and click on
"Attorneys Report Online."
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