Mentoring and MCLE for New Lawyers

Image of mentoringNew Attorneys can select a mentoring program as one option to comply with their MCLE requirement. The MCLE rules – adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court and administered by the MCLE Board of the Court – establish a 15-hour accredited MCLE requirement for newly admitted attorneys, allowing them to choose from the following compliance options described in S. Ct. Rule 793:

  1. A 6-hour Accredited Basic Skills Course plus 9 additional hours of MCLE credit (of your choice); or
  2. Participation in a year-long Mentoring Program approved for 6 credit hours by the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism plus 9 additional hours of MCLE credit (of your choice); or
  3. A 6-hour Basic Skills Course plus Participation in a year-long Mentoring Program approved for 6 credit hours by the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism plus 3 additional hours of MCLE credit (of your choice).

The ISBA Offers Options to Help New Attorneys  Comply with This Requirement!

In addition to participation in ISBA’s Commission-Approved Mentoring Program below, the ISBA offers:

  • a complimentary Basic Skills 6 hour course, along with 9 elective hours of your choice, as part of your annual 15 hour Free Online CLE member benefit, sponsored by the ISBA Mutual Insurance company.
  • Attendance at most live onsite CLE programs for only $25
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ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program for Mentees

"I have had a wonderful time working with [my mentor] and I think we have both been able to learn from each other. Such a rewarding experience, thank you for organizing!"

Judy Conway (New Attorney)


"My firm Sandra Crawford of Law Crawford, P.C. has been part of the ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program since its initiation. I can say without qualification that being a mentor to newer ISBA members is a rewarding and valuable experience to me as a 25 year veteran of the profession. I will be forever grateful to have gotten to know my mentees who have become not only peers but friends."

Sandra Crawford (Mentor)

Eligibility Requirements

New Attorneys are eligible for the ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program if they satisfy the following requirements:

  • Admitted to practice in Illinois no more than five years prior to the date of beginning the program
  • Registered as “active” on the Illinois ARDC Master Roll of Attorneys
  • Practice law in Illinois or intend to practice law in Illinois
  • ISBA Member (All new attorneys receive a complimentary ISBA membership during their first year of admission to the IL bar. If you haven't already, activate your membership now!)

If you meet this eligibility requirement and wish to participate in the mentoring program, please complete the New Lawyer Application form. ISBA will do its best to accommodate your request, but cannot guarantee a match. A required orientation meeting is held each January.

The program focuses on issues encountered in the practice of law. New attorneys who are not yet working in the legal profession, please be aware that the program is not a tool for identifying or assisting you in finding employment opportunities. ISBA provides career assistance through our online career resource center at http://www.isba.org/career

Get Started!

Applications Due: December 23, 2016

Mandatory Orientation – Chicago OR Webcast January 19, 2017 (Viewing at the same location as your mentor is required.)

Apply to be a Mentee