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Pro Bono Rules | State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Courts

In-House Counsel

  • Rule 716 allows in-house attorneys with limited admission status in Illinois to provide pro bono services without registering with the ARDC or partnering with an approved legal aid or pro bono organization.

Out-of-State Attorneys

  • Rule 756(k) allows attorneys licensed in states other than Illinois to provide pro bono service in Illinois through an approved legal aid or pro bono organization so long as they register with the ARDC and complete all required training.
  • More information and all relevant forms are available on the ARDC website.
  • A list of approved pro bono and legal aid sponsor organizations is available here.

Inactive and Retired Attorneys

  • Rule 756(k) allows retired and inactive attorneys to provide pro bono services in Illinois through an approved legal aid or pro bono organization so long as they register with the ARDC and complete all required training.
  • More information and all relevant forms are available on the ARDC website.
  • A list of approved pro bono and legal aid sponsor organizations is available here.

Visit the Illinois Pro Bono Opportunities Guide to learn more about pro bono in Chicago and throughout Illinois. For a list of pro bono opportunities outside of Chicago, including those that can be done remotely from anywhere, click here.