New Lawyer Free Membership

Welcome to the Profession! The CBA offers new lawyers to the Illinois Bar a free, one-year membership and continuing legal education plan.

For May 2019 New Admittees, follow these steps to join online: 
1. Click the "Join Now" button on this page or click here.
2. Enter your name and birth date to make sure we do not already have an account for you. (If the message says we already have an account for you, call 312-554-2022 or email to change your status.)
3. Click "Create Account to Proceed" and complete the required fields on the join form (for first bar admission date enter 05/09/2019).
4. Click "Add to Cart," "Update Cart," "Finish," and "Submit Order."

For November 2019 New Admittees (those who took the July 2019 Bar Exam)
No need to join online or submit a hard copy application.  Your free membership will be activated in late October and you should receive a welcome email from the CBA at that time. If you do not receive a welcome email or have questions regarding your free membership, call 312-554-2131 or email Karen Stanton, CBA Membership Director, at  

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.
  • One year of 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.

Click here for New Admittee CLE Advantage Guidelines