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.
- Current law students should select the “Senior Law Student” application.
- Complete the top portion of the form, including your expected date of graduation.
- Give the application to the attorney who will supervise you and have that supervisor complete the bottom section of the form. That portion of the application must include the agency name and address, type of agency, name and signature of supervisor, date signed and law student's signature.
- Attach two recent 1”x 1-1/2” photos to the upper right-hand corner where indicated (passport photos are available at pharmacy stores such as CVS and Walgreens).
- Drop of the form in the wooden student affairs drop-box on the ninth floor, directly across form the elevators. You can also drop off your form in the mailbox outside of office 947 on the ninth floor.
- The Office of Student Affairs will verify your information, obtain the dean’s signature and submit your application to the Administrative Office of the Illinois Supreme Court.
- The Administrative Offices of the Illinois Supreme Court will mail your license directly to you at the address you provided on the application. Processing time is typically 2-3 weeks.
If you have questions regarding the process, please contact Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Michael Burns. You may contact the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts at 312-793-3250.