Illinois Bar Journal

The Illinois Bar Journal, our award-winning monthly magazine, is free online to ISBA members.

Current Issue

November 2016 Illinois Bar Journal Cover Image

File retention, Digital Assets Act, and more.

Past Issues

Search from November 1998 to present




Read IBJ on your iPad

You have two great options.

1) If you have an Internet connection, the web version looks great, is a breeze to navigate, links to citations in Fastcase and other resources, and lets you browse articles back to November 1998 by subject, author, and title. You can even add the IBJ icon to your tablet's or phone's homescreen for this page and have handy access to the latest issue and other features.

2) If you're going to be offline, the PDF version preserves the look and layout of the magazine (use iBooks and you can even flip the pages).

Talk back

Send us a short (500-words or fewer) letter to the editor. ISBA members can also add their comments to specific articles and view the comments of other members.

Write for the Journal

Annual Lincoln Award Writing Contest

The Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest 
Sponsored by and for members of the Young Lawyers Division. Past winning articles can be found in the February issues of the Illinois Bar Journal. Find out more...

Advertise in the Journal

Reprint permission

Contact Jean Fenski.

To order articles

Copies of IBJ articles are available for $7.50 each by contacting Jean Fenski at or calling 800-252-8908. Sorry, since the IBJ is a members-only benefit, we do not sell articles to nonmember Illinois lawyers.