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What is the process of becoming an attorney in illinois?

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Hassan’s Answer

According to https://www.lawyeredu.org/illinois.html
Find an Illinois Undergraduate Pre-Law Education
Take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
Graduate Law School in Illinois
Pass the Illinois State Bar Exam

Of course you can get an undergraduate degree and finish Law School in other states as well. You just have to ensure that you're eligible to take the IL bar exam and pass it to practice there.
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Megan’s Answer

Most of the critical steps to becoming a lawyer will take place after you obtain your Undergraduate degree. So it is not necessary that you take "pre-law" courses as an Undergrad prior to attending law school. Lawyers have all different kinds of backgrounds and Undergrad degrees. You also do not need to attend an Illinois College or University (though if you know you plan to live and practice in Illinois, it may make things easier for you).

The most important steps are to graduate from law school and take and pass the appropriate bar exams. There have been recent changes to the types of exams that you can take to be admitted to practice in Illinois. The law school that you attend will help make sure you are taking the correct exams . Note also that the Character and Fitness Committee evaluates applicants to determine whether they possess "good moral character and general fitness for admission to the practice of law." Applicants must successfully complete this evaluation process to be allowed to practice in Illinois.

These are the very general steps to becoming an attorney in Illinois. But the specific steps you take may vary slightly depending on the law school you want to attend (some prefer students who have worked prior to attending law school), or the type of law you want practice (some areas may require additional study, degrees, or certifications). Best wishes to you!
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