Illinois

Rule 5.5 MJP/UPL Current

(a) A lawyer shall not practice law in a jurisdiction in violation of the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction, or assist another in doing so.

(b) A lawyer who is not admitted to practice in this jurisdiction shall not:

(1) except as authorized by these Rules or other law, establish an office or other systematic and continuous presence in this jurisdiction for the practice of law; or

(2) hold out to the public or otherwise represent that the lawyer is admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction.

(c) A lawyer admitted in another United States jurisdiction, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, may provide legal services on a temporary basis in this jurisdiction that:

(1) are undertaken in association with a lawyer who is admitted to practice in this jurisdiction and who actively participates in the matter;

(2) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential proceeding before a tribunal in this or another jurisdiction, if the lawyer, or a person the lawyer is assisting, is authorized by law or order to appear in such proceeding or reasonably expects to be so authorized;

(3) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution proceeding in this or another jurisdiction, if the services arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission; or

(4) are not within paragraphs (c)(2) or (c)(3) and arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice.

(d) A lawyer admitted in another United States jurisdiction or admitted or otherwise authorized to practice in a foreign jurisdiction, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction or the equivalent thereof, may provide legal services through an office or other systematic and continuous presence in this jurisdiction that:

(1) are provided to the lawyer’s employer or its organizational affiliates and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission; or

(2) are services that the lawyer is authorized to provide by federal law or other law or rule to provide in of this jurisdiction.

(e) For purposes of paragraph (d), the foreign lawyer must be a member in good standing of a recognized legal profession in a foreign jurisdiction.

Adopted July 1, 2009, effective January 1, 2010; amended Oct. 15, 2015, eff. Jan. 1, 2016.

Illinois Rule 5.5 Comments

In-House Counsel Rule

Pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rules Rule 716, limited admission of qualified in-house counsel is allowed.

Also see Illinois Supreme Court Rule 717 regarding the limited admission of Legal Service Program Lawyers.

The Illinois Supreme Court amended Illinois Rule 756(e), which needs to be complied with pursuant to Rule 716. The amended rule now requires each lawyer to disclose whether the lawyer has malpractice insurance on the date of the lawyer’s annual registration with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

Pro Hac Vice

Per Illinois Supreme Court Rule 707, you should submit a motion to the judge and attach a certified copy of a certificate of good standing. Lawyers admitted do not need local counsel.

Admission on Motion

You may apply to be admitted to the Illinois Bar without taking the Bar Examination provided you meet the requirements set out in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705.

Contact

The Illinois State Bar Association
Springfield Office
Illinois Bar Center
424 S. Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone (217) 525-1760
(800) 252-8908

Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark St., Ste. 900
Chicgo, IL 60603-1802
Phone (312) 726-8775
(800) 678-4009

Supreme Court
Clerk’s Office – Springfield
Supreme Court Building
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone (217) 782-2035
TDD (217) 524-8132

Clerk’s Office – Chicago
State of Illinois Building
160 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone (312) 793-1332
TDD (312) 793-6185

Librarian
Supreme Court Building
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone (217) 782-2424