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Member Benefit quote: Carl Newman: eClips to be current today, CLE for tomorrow's practice, and participate in a community of great lwayers for a lifetime.

Membership in the ISBA is one of the best investments you can make in your career. We provide you with the tools, research and network you need to practice more affordably and effectively.

How Membership Works

Dues Structure
1st Year Free
2nd–3rd year $75
4th–5th year $125

The ISBA bar year runs from July 1 – June 30.

Membership in the ISBA is FREE & AUTOMATIC your 1st year after admission to the Illinois bar. However, to get many of our top benefits, you will need to fill out our New Admittee Membership Information Form.

Activate your complimentary ISBA new attorney membership

Thereafter, you will receive a dues bill every May for the following bar year. Join / Renew.

As a young lawyer, your dues are priced far below the cost to provide your benefits. As you build your career and establish your practice, the cost of dues increases.

As a lawyer under age 36 or admitted less than 5 years, you are also enrolled FREE & AUTOMATICALLY in the ISBA Young Lawyers Division.

Questions? Contact Ann Boucher, ISBA Membership Coordinator
aboucher@isba.org  |  800-252-8908

Make the Most of Your Member Benefits

ISBA benefits are designed to save you time and money, and reduce your stress. Find a complete list on the member benefits page of the ISBA website.

Practice Smarter and Faster

Meet Your MCLE Requirement (at No Extra Cost)

Take up to 15 hours of CLE/PMCLE each year via ISBA's Free Online CLE program to meet your 2 year MCLE requirement. Choose from over 500 hours of programming. New Admittee? Meet your requirement for free as well though ISBA program options. Sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company [$349 Value]

Free Online Legal Research

Enjoy unlimited free access to the Fastcase Premium Plan Library, a comprehensive 50-state and federal caselaw database, including bankruptcy case. Free training webinars held monthly. Be sure to download the Fastcase app and sync your ISBA Fastcase account to access your browser history "on the go". Sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company [$995 Value]

Affordable Document Assembly

IllinoisBarDocs - ISBA's easy to use, cloud-based document assembly system with Illinois-specific forms – is available to ISBA members-only. Yearly and monthly subscriptions available. Powered by HotDocs

Liability Insurance

Access members-only professional liability plans, including a Newly Licensed Attorney Program, via ISBA Mutual Insurance Company.

 

Sections

Become part of one of our 39 statewide communities of lawyers who share similar practice areas or settings. As a lawyer under age 36 or admitted to practice under 5 years, you are automatically enrolled for free in the Young Lawyers Division(New Admittees can join an additional 3 sections for free.)

Stay Informed

Daily Case Digests
(Daily e-Delivery) E-Clips contains the latest case digests of Illinois Supreme, Appellate and Federal Seventh Circuit courts, with links to the full text slip opinions on the official court websites. It also covers helpful legal news of the day.
 
Illinois Bar Journal

(Mailed Monthly) Our flagship award-winning publication, the IBJ contains practice news and in-depth articles on issues important to Illinois lawyers. Also available in web and PDF versions. Learn more about the Lincoln Award Writing Contest for young lawyers.

Build Your Career and Client Base

Career Center & Job Alerts

Find or post a job on our online Career Center powered by JobTarget. Stay on top of job opportunities via the Job Alert email, delivered bimonthly.

Lawyer Referral Service

Connect with prospective clients via IllinoisLawyerFinder, ISBA's lawyer referral service.

Connect with Other Members Online

Exchange referrals and find other members through our online Member Directory. Upload your picture, connect to your social media accounts, highlight your leadership involvement, and more. Save the Member Directory icon to your mobile device for easy access anywhere, anytime with one-tap phone calls and turn-by-turn directions via Google Maps.

Member Marketplace: Professional Discounts for Members

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SoFi is the market leader of student loan refinancing and has partnered with us to offer ISBA members, family, and friends can receive $300 welcome bonus* upon refinancing their student loans with SoFi. Find out more about SoFi and how to receive the welcome bonus.

Save money on other services/products for your practice and home, including:

  • Practice management software
  • Credit card processing for attorneys
  • Office products and shipping services
  • Virtual receptionist services
  • Website development
  • Insurance options
  • Car rentals
  • And more!

Visit our Member Marketplace for a complete list.