Law Students

You have chosen law as your life's work. Let us help you achieve your goals – become a student member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

In addition, the ISBA:

  • Assists members in developing successful legal careers
  • Promotes improvements in the justice system
  • Is an active voice in the state and federal legislative process
  • Promotes goodwill between the public and the legal profession

Free Electronic Membership

Law Student MEmbership Form

Membership is free for up to four years of law school (the membership year runs July to June). ISBA student membership provides these benefits:

Publications and Information

  • Fastcase - free legal research with a comprehensive national library and award-winning apps
  • E-Clips - featuring Illinois legal news, Illinois and Seventh Circuit case summaries, legislative updates, all delivered daily or weekly to your email inbox
  • Illinois Bar Journal - ISBA's monthly magazine, free online to ISBA law student members
  • Illinois Lawyer Now Digest - e-newsletter sent every other week highlighting the top posts on Illinois Lawyer Now, the ISBA’s blog with original ISBA substantive legal news and content from ISBA members’ blogs.
  • Your choice of up to five free sections memberships with access to e-newsletters and discussion groups
  • Membership to the Young Lawyers Division and access to the YLD newsletter

Rural Practice Summer Fellows Program

The Rural Practice Summer Fellows Program connects law students with rural practitioners to give students experience working in rural communities before leaving law school.

Legal Education

  • Access to 15 hours of free on-demand CLE
  • Free on-site registration at most live programs
  • Access to the YLD Professional Development Series
  • ADAPTIBAR $50 discount off the enrollment fee for this online Multi-state Examination Review Course. To enroll, visit or call 877-466-1250


  • Free enrollment in the MBE Mini Review course to all student members who are enrolled with BarBri ($129 value)
  • Admission to a mini Tort Review lecture with Professor Conviser

Opportunity to Get Involved

Looking for an opportunity to get involved with the ISBA at your law school? Find out more information about becoming a law school representative