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Illinois Supreme Court swears in 292 new attorneys at virtual bar admission ceremony

5/24/2022

The bar admission ceremony for the 292 new attorneys who passed the February 2022 Bar Exam was held virtually on Thursday, May 12. Chief Justice Anne M. Burke presided over the ceremony and administered the oath to the new admittees.

“On behalf of the Illinois Supreme Court, I would like to congratulate the new admittees on passing the bar exam,” Chief Justice Anne M. Burke said. “This is a great achievement and we welcome you to the legal profession.”

Justice P. Scott Neville made the motion to admit the class and Justice Robert L. Carter seconded the motion. Justice Rita B. Garman, who recently announced her retirement, also provided special remarks to the class.

“Having served on the Illinois Supreme Court for the past 21 years, the bar admission ceremonies held in May and November of each year have been some of my favorite events,” Justice Garman said. “It is a time for celebration and it’s a time of hope for the future.”

All of the candidates sworn-in passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness.

The number of admittees for each district is as follows:

  • First District: 223
  • Second District: 18
  • Third District: 29
  • Fourth District: 8
  • Fifth District: 14

The new attorneys sworn in at the bar admission ceremony brings the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,000. The livestream for the bar admission ceremony is available by clicking here.