Members always receive the best value for the best price. Meetings, CLE programs, and publications are always discounted for members and some services, including free online legal research through Fastcase, are only available to our members.
Free Online CLE: As of January 2013, all eligible ISBA members can earn up to 15 MCLE credit hours, including 6 PMCLE credit hours, per bar year via our online FastCLE "Free CLE Channel" at no additional cost - enough to meet the 30 hour MCLE requirement over a 2 year period. Programs are available 24/7 on our "Free CLE Channel" on FastCLE. Using a computer with internet access, these programs can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Available programs have been chosen by a panel of ISBA members and cover a wide range of topics. Our 6-hour accredited Basic Skills program is also available online at no cost to help new attorney members meet their newly admitted attorney MCLE requirements for free. Program content will change periodically. For more information on Benefit Eligibility, Programs and for a User Guide on How To Get Started Using the "Free CLE Channel," visit our Free Online CLE homepage.
Additional CLE Options: Live CLE programs, produced through ISBA LawEd, are conducted throughout the state where they are also taped and made available through FastCLE in other formats including online delivery, podcast, DVD, audio CD, and video CD-Rom. Members are provided with the opportunity earn their MCLE in a format that bests suits them – in a classroom environment or in the comfort of their own home or office. As always, members receive discounted pricing on all LawEd and FastCLE programs. ISBA Member Attorneys in their first three years of bar admittance pay only $25 for live, on-site programs. No other discounts apply. For our members' convenience, the ISBA also provides members with a semi-annual MCLE report which includes reporting information on all LawEd and FastCLE programs that the member has attended.
As an accredited MCLE provider in Illinois, the ISBA is committed to assisting members fulfill their Illinois MCLE requirements. Effective, convenient and affordable CLE in multiple formats is available to members through ISBA LawEd and FastCLE. This benefit is sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company
ISBA members are entitled to absolutely free online legal research through Fastcase. With our full Fastcase Premium-Plan Library, you have unlimited free access to a comprehensive 50-state and federal caselaw database, including bankruptcy cases and, coming soon, Illinois cases dating back to 1819. This includes Illinois statutes and the Administrative Code and the statutes and codes of all 50 states, plus the U.S. Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. This benefit is sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company.
E-Clips is the ISBA's daily electronic bulletin containing the latest case digests of Illinois Supreme, Appellate, and Seventh Circuit court. E-Clips also contains helpful "legal news of the day", gleaned from the most important legal news from newspapers and Web sites, including our own internal sources, so you can start your workday in the know. Skim our headlines or link directly to the full story. Members are automatically signed up to receive E-Clips on a daily basis.
Illinois Bar Journal
The Illinois Bar Journal is the ISBA’s highly readable, award-winning flagship monthly magazine and your key to substantive practice information, analysis and trends. For our members’ convenience, current and past editions are archived online.
Illinois Lawyer Now
Illinois Lawyer Now our online publication updated several times daily with breaking legal news, practice news, photo galleries and more.
Illinois Lawyer Now Weekly is our e-newsletter sent exclusively to ISBA members and highlighting the top posts of the week on Illinois Lawyer Now
Illinois Lawyer Now is mailed to all members two times a year. The print publication concentrates on news of ISBA elections, CLE offerings, the range of member benefits, and feature stories about ISBA members and events.
Section members are entitled to section newsletters. They are peer-written and packed with timely, practice-oriented information.
Books & Client Brochures
ISBA members get a discount on ISBA books and client brochures as well as discounts on books from the ABA through our store.
Members have the option to join any of the 39 substantive law and practice setting sections for only $25 each per year. As a member of a section, you will receive that section’s quarterly newsletter (print and online versions), additional discounts on CLE programs sponsored by the section, and more.
All ISBA members are eligible to join ISBA discussion groups let you pose questions to and share information with lawyers from Chicago to Cairo.
The ISBA Member Mark sm and Member Firm Mark sm can be used by ISBA active members and firms to denote their membership in the association and show their commitment to the profession. The Marks may appear on business cards, letterhead, envelopes, Web pages, print advertising in newspaper and magazines, e-mail signatures, direct mail solicitations and signage at a member’s office or building.
Members are invited to participate in a members-only malpractice insurance plan provided by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company ISBA Mutual, formed 19 years ago through the efforts of Illinois lawyers, specializes in professional liability insurance written specifically and exclusively for the needs of Illinois attorneys.
Members can review our online database of ethics opinions or get personal guidance from a qualified ISBA attorney by calling the (800) 252-8908.
Members are entitled to sign up for a free or a premium (paid) listing on IllinoisLawyerFinder, which helps market and build your practice. The site draws the public by offering information about Illinois law and other consumer-friendly features.
A powerful online service, the Career Center allows members to search for a job by position, years of experience, areas of law, relocation and more. Participants submit a confidential resume online and remain completely anonymous to prospective employers until they’ve chosen to release their personal information.
Looking for discounts on practice-related services and products, insurance, financial services, travel, car and other personal products and services? Visit our Member Marketplace for more information.
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Formed by the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association to aid lawyers who suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction. LAP is wholly confidential. For information, visit the Lawyer's Assistant Program website or call (800) LAP-1233.
ISBA members may refer any incidence of unauthorized practice of law to ISBA headquarters. Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law investigates and, where necessary, takes appropriate action to terminate such activities.