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Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 Licenses

Pursuant ​to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711, upper-level law students may be certified by the dean of the law school to be eligible to perform specified legal services under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

711 licenses are not available for students who work for private law firms. The 711 license is available for work with: (1) a legal aid bureau, legal assistance program, organization or clinic chartered by the State of Illinois or approved by a law school approved by the American Bar Association. (2) the Office of the Public Defender, or (3) a law office of the state or any of its subdivisions.

A Juris Doctor student currently in good standing who has earned credits that represent at least one-half (43 credits) of the credits required for graduation (86 credits) may be eligible for a 711 license.

Illinois Supreme Court 711 license applications are available on the Illinois Courts website.

Application Procedures

The application form has been designed so that it may be filled out and signed electronically and submitted via email.  Follow these instructions to apply: 

  • Current law students should download the “Law Student Application" and open it with Adobe Reader 4.0 or newer. 
  • Complete Section A of the form and sign with a digital ID. 
  • Email the application to your supervising attorney and have them complete Section B.
  • Email your completed form to Maria Vertuno at

The Office of Student Affairs will verify your information and email the form to the dean to complete Section C.  The Dean’s Office will email your application to the Administrative Office of the Illinois Supreme Court (AOIC).

Processing time is approximately 2 weeks from the date the AOIC receives your completed application.  Once approved, the AOIC will mail your license to your home address listed on your application, unless other arrangements are made by calling the AOIC at 312-793-3250. 

If you have questions regarding the process, please contact Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Maria Vertuno