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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

There have been some recent changes made to the process for applying for a 711 license here in Illinois. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Administrative Offices of the Illinois Courts are currently accepting electronic forms and scanned signatures for provisional licensing. The application form and notice regarding COVID-19 changes to application instructions are attached. More information can be found here.

  • Current law students should select the “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.
  • Email your completed form to Sarah Baum at​.

The Office of Student Affairs will verify your information, obtain the dean’s signature and then your application will be submitted via email to the Administrative Office of the Illinois Supreme Court.

If you have questions regarding the process, please contact Associate Director of Academic Advising, Sarah Baum. You may contact the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts at 312-793-3250.