Rule 716(c) Professionalism and Ethics Course Coming Soon

ethics courseThe Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism will launch a new professionalism and ethics course this spring that aligns with recent changes to the Illinois Supreme Court rules.

Last October, we wrote about the amendment made to the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 716, which created several new opportunities for out-of-state lawyers looking to practice in the Land of Lincoln.

As of January 1st, 2016, lawyers seeking a limited license to serve as in-house counsel in the state of Illinois must meet a certain number of requirements before receiving this license, including the completion of an ethics course.

For those lawyers who have passed the MPRE in Illinois or any other jurisdiction where it is administered, that will suffice, but in the case of an attorney who has been admitted to only practice in a foreign jurisdiction the solution isn’t as simple – until now.

The rule states that foreign attorneys must complete a course on ethics for foreign lawyers that is approved by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

Currently, there is only one course that will fulfill this requirement of the Court, and it will be available on-demand by March 31, 2016. The course will focus on ethical and professionalism dilemmas that in-house counsel face on a daily basis and is being developed with the assistance of several Illinois practitioners.

Foreign lawyers seeking the limited license should start the application process with the Illinois Board of Admissions. The Board can also be reached by phone at (217) 522-5917.

Stay tuned for more updates on the official launch of this professionalism and ethics course. We’ll let you know the moment it goes live.

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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