New Lawyers

Welcome new lawyers!

Did you know…

  • Newly-admitted attorneys receive a complimentary ISBA membership
  • In addition to all the benefits ISBA members receive, newly admitted attorneys receive free membership to the Young Lawyers Section, two section memberships (more than 40 sections to choose from), a free Basic Skills on-demand program and a reduced registration fee of only $25 for most CLE programs.

Find out more about your benefits

Practice and Career

Job Opportunities

Career Center

Visit our Career Center for employment opportunities, to upload your resume and have it reviewed, get tips about interviewing, and more.


The ISBA proudly supports mentoring and acknowledges the value of having experienced lawyers provide professional guidance and share practical knowledge with new lawyers during the critical transition from law student to legal practitioner.

Rural Practice Associate Fellows Program

The Rural Practice Associate Fellows Program places graduating law students and new attorneys as permanent associates with rural practitioners.

Illinois Legal Profession Entities

Get to know the various players in the Illinois legal profession, from regulatory entities to support organizations.

CLE and Events

CLE Programs for New Lawyers

The ISBA has many CLE programs of interest to new lawyers, including the exclusive Practice Ready series and the ISBA Basic Skills course. We offer a robust catalog of Free On-Demand CLE and new lawyers can also attend most  programs for only $25!

MCLE Requirements and Deadlines

Newly admitted attorneys have special requirements for your first year of admittance. The ISBA can help you meet those requirements for free! See your options and deadlines to fulfill those requirements.

News and Publications

Family Law Toolkit cover

Family Law Toolkit 2023 Edition

The new Family Law Toolkit is a quick reference guide that includes relevant statutes, caselaw, and supreme court rules. Written by members of the Family Law Section Council and intended to be a benefit of section membership, the new Family Law Toolkit Fastbook is FREE for Family Law Section members who can also use a coupon code to get a deep discount on the hardcopy!

Groups and Participation

Young Lawyers Division

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division serves as a resource for young lawyers practicing in Illinois to develop, enhance, and foster a balanced professional life. It consists of all ISBA members under age 37 and members admitted to practice under 7 years.

Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Each spring the Young Lawyers Division recognizes two outstanding young lawyers – one practicing outside Cook County and one within.

Annual Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest

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