New Lawyer Free Membership

Welcome to the Profession! The CBA offers new lawyers to the Illinois Bar a free membership and continuing legal education plan.  If you passed the July 2018 bar exam, we will receive your credentials from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar in early October. We will then add you to our database, activate your free CBA membership and email your member number and website login information by October 31,  2018. If you have questions in the meantime, email egriffin@chicagobar.org.

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Free membership applies to those whose first admission state is Illinois and immediately follows the admission date. As a new lawyer member you will receive:
  • One year of free membership.
  • Free continuing legal education to complete your first year new lawyer MCLE requirement (a 6 hour basic skills program and 9 hours of additional CLE of your choice to be completed in the first year of your admission to the bar. After completing your requirements you will have continued access to over 100 in-person seminars as well as over 200 on-demand seminar videos.

    You can also...
  • Connect with local attorneys and jurists at networking and social events to develop your referral and support networks.
  • Access our career services to help you on your job search, including complimentary career counseling sessions.
  • Participate at no extra cost in practice area committees (such as business law, criminal, real estate and more) to help you learn more about your chosen area of practice.
  • Gain experience for your resume through pro bono and volunteer opportunities.
  • Get help with practice management and technology issues through our LPMT Division, including access to solo/small firm start up tools.
  • and more!
Have questions about this offer? 

Call 312-554-2022 or email Erika Griffin.