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MAY BAR ADMISSION CEREMONIES FOR FEBRUARY 2016 EXAMINEES


  • Bar Admission Ceremonies will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016, in the five (5) Judicial Districts.

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JUDICIAL DISTRICT 1
9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
James R. Thompson Center
Assembly Hall
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois

JUDICIAL DISTRICT 3
11:00 a.m
Third District Appellate Courthouse
1004 Columbus Street
Ottawa, 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.
Supreme Court Building
Courtroom
200 East Capitol Avenue
Springfield, Illinois
JUDICIAL DISTRICT 5
2:00 P.M.
Gateway Convention Center
One Gateway Drive - Ballroom CD
(Near Route 157 & Interstate 55/70)
Collinsville, Illinois
  • 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 email.
  • 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 April 27, 2016.
  • 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 (e.g., marriage license).  For the May 5, 2016 ceremony, the Clerk's Office must receive the name change request no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016.
  • If you are unable to attend the day of a scheduled admission ceremony, you will be notified after the ceremony what steps you need to take to have your oath administered.
  • Except upon prior approval of a Justice of the Supreme Court based on an extenuating circumstance (e.g. military deployment), no one is allowed to have their attorney oath administered in advance of a law class ceremony.
  • Unless prior approval has been granted by a Justice of the Supreme Court, no arrangements may be made to have a judge other than a Justice of the Supreme Court administer the attorney oath of office.
  • Any candidate certified after Wednesday, April 27, 2016, will not be eligible to participate in the ceremony on May 5, 2016.  However, the Clerk's Office will send a letter notifying a candidate of the licensing process after May 5, 2016, 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 May 5, 2016.
  • Before the bar admission ceremony begins you will be required to sign your oath or affirmation as an attorney.