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Making Sure Your Lawyer is Licensed to Practice Law

Question: How can I be sure that the lawyer I'm about to hire is licensed to practice law?

Answer: The Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) is the organization which provides a way for consumers to verify whether a lawyer is licensed to practice law. Being included in the ARDC listing ensures that the lawyer has a degree from an accredited law school and that he or she passed a test in order to be admitted to the state bar. Unlike the ARDC site, the Illinois State Bar Association's (ISBA) website is a referral site. ISBA members must meet certain requirements before they are listed, such as being licensed to practice law, maintaining professional liability insurance, and being in good standing with the ARDC.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit

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