Role of the Institute in the Profession
IICLE® was created to assume the responsibility for the development and operation of a full-time program of continuing legal education in Illinois. Originally, IICLE® also had a role to encourage, counsel, and cooperate with the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, local bar associations, and the law schools of the State of Illinois in their continuing legal education programs. IICLE® continues to serve as the premier provider of continuing legal education in the State of Illinois and its initiatives have often served as a model for other continuing education providers across the nation.
How IICLE® Meets the Needs of Illinois Attorneys
IICLE® accomplishes its mission through (1) the presentation of continuing legal education programs designed by and for Illinois attorneys; (2) the publication of comprehensive practice handbooks designed by and for Illinois attorneys; and (3) the continued development and maintenance of additional legal resources designed to enhance Illinois law practice.
History of IICLE®
The Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE®) was formally created as the Institute on Continuing Education of the Illinois Bar in 1961. The Illinois State Bar Association organized the Institute as part of the Illinois Bar Foundation. In 1968, the Institute was reorganized as the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education pursuant to a joint effort of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. IICLE® is now an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the professional development of Illinois attorneys.