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BAR ADMISSION CEREMONIES FOR JULY 2015 EXAMINEES


  • Bar Admission Ceremonies will be held Thursday, November 5, 2015, in the five (5) Judicial Districts:.

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JUDICIAL DISTRICT 1
*Session 1 – 9:45 a.m.
*Session 2 - 12:45 p.m.
Arie Crown Theater
2301 Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois

JUDICIAL DISTRICT 3
11:00 a.m
Kankakee Community College
Main Auditorium
100 College Drive
Kankakee, Illinois

JUDICIAL DISTRICT 2
10:00 A.M.
Hemmens Memorial Building
Elgin Civic Center Plaza
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, Illinois

JUDICIAL DISTRICT 4
10:00 A.M.
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 South Sixth Street
Springfield, Illinois
JUDICIAL DISTRICT 5
2:00 P.M.
Southern Illinois University
School of Law - Auditorium
Carbondale, Illinois

*Candidates will be notified of the session to which they are assigned.

  • A successful examinee is not eligible for admission to the bar until certified to the Court by the Board of Admissions.  (This is in addition to the character and fitness certification.)  The Board sends certifications to the Clerk of the Supreme Court as names are certified.  The Clerk's Office then notifies candidates of certification by letter.
  • A candidate is assigned to a district ceremony based on a candidate's address (e.g., a Cook County address will be assigned to the First District ceremony in Chicago).  Any address changes must be lodged with the Clerk's Office via e-mail to slockett@illinoiscourts.gov no later than 4:30 p.m on October 28, 2015.
  • For a name change, the Clerk's Office requires a letter from the candidate with a copy of the documentation pertaining to the change of name (marriage license, divorce decree, etc.).  For the November 5, 2015 ceremony, the Clerk's office must receive the name change request no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015.      
  • Any candidate certified after Wednesday, October 28, 2015, will not be eligible to participate in the ceremony on November 5, 2015.  However, the Clerk's Office will send a letter notifying a candidate of the licensing process after November 5, 2015, as a candidate becomes certified.  Do not contact the Clerk's Office until you receive the notification.
  • Candidates in the First District may only bring three guests due to limited seating.  No exceptions will be made.
  • Business attire for candidates is mandatory.  Failure to dress appropriately may result in the withholding of a candidate's license at the ceremony on November 5, 2015.
  • Before the bar admission ceremony begins you will be required to sign your oath or affirmation as an attorney.