The 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.
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.