For the Public

The Illinois State Bar Association is a not-for-profit, voluntary-membership association, composed of more than 30,000 lawyer members.

In addition to providing professional services for lawyers, the Association strives to inform the public about their rights and responsibilities under the law, about the qualifications of candidates for judicial office, about the availability of legal services in all parts of the state, and other useful information for the public.

The Illinois State Bar Association is a voluntary bar association and has no statutory or regulatory role relating to the registration or discipline of attorneys in Illinois. Under Illinois law, these matters are handled by Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission.

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Legal Information

Our library of short brochures and videos is designed to help you understand common legal issues and the next steps you can take toward resolution.

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Judicial Information

Judicial Elections

To aid Illinois voters in their responsibility to elect and retain judges, the Illinois State Bar Association provides public information about the qualifications of judicial candidates and judges seeking retention.

The Illinois Courts System

A three-tiered judiciary comprised of the circuit, appellate, and supreme courts is provided by Article VI, the Judicial Article of the Illinois Constitution of 1970.

Judicial Independence

An independent judiciary is fundamental to the rule of law, the separation of powers in our constitutional democracy, and the impartial administration of justice.

Civics Education

Part of our mission at the ISBA is to educate the public and students of all ages about the important role of lawyers and judges, the importance of an independent judiciary, and to foster an interest in our justice system and careers in the law. Visit our Civics Education page for information about:

  • High School Mock Trials;
  • Having lawyers speak in classrooms and communities;
  • Lesson plans and activities;
  • and more.

For Reporters

Visit our For Reporters page for:

  • Assistance with arranging interviews with ISBA member lawyers;
  • Information about the ISBA and the Illinois Bar Foundation; and
  • Information about the Law.