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Illinois Supreme Court's new measures to improve access to justice include amendment to Rule 711

This week the Illinois Supreme Court announced new measures to improve equal access to justice for Illinois citizens.  The measures were recommended to the Court by its Commission on Access to Justice.

As the ISBA reported in ISBA Lawyer Now, one of the measures is an amendment to Rule 711 which allows representation by supervised law students. The amended rule reduces the number of credits necessary to qualify for a Rule 711 license from two-thirds to one-half of the credits needed to graduate, allowing more students to seek and use 711 law licenses earlier in their law school education and apply their law school training to serve more clients in need. It also clarifies that students with Rule 711 licenses may represent clients in mediations and other non-litigation matters.

"The amendment to Rule 711 is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of every law school dean in Illinois and the Commission to make it possible for more students to provide important services to governmental agencies, legal aid and law school clinics earlier in their law school career," said Justice Pierce. "This is an important practical step in enhancing the student's learning experience while also assisting these organizations and their unrepresented clients."

Read the full ISBA article about the new measures here

SIU Law was pleased to participate in the Commission’s Listening Conference earlier this month. Read Dean Fountaine's blog post about the Listening Conference here

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