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 (43 sections to choose from), a free Basic Skills on-demand program and a reduced registration fee of only $25 for most live CLE programs.

Find out more about your benefits

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 live on-site 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.

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.

Mentoring

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.

Illinois Legal Profession Entities

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

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.

Annual Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest

The 2020 Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest is sponsored by and for members of the Young Lawyers Division. If you're an ISBA lawyer member and are under the age of 36 as of July 1, 2019 or admitted to the bar fewer than five years as of that date, you're eligible to complete for a share of the $3,500 in prize money. Past winning articles can be found in the February issues of the Illinois Bar Journal.

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.