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Illinois-licensed attorneys that are representing private clients but who do not have malpractice insurance at the time of registering for 2018 must complete a four-hour interactive, online self-assessment course regarding the operation of their law firm. This requirement must be met in order to register for 2019.

If you have recently retired from your firm but are still representing at least one private client, then you are subject to this rule.

If you are a government lawyer, a public defender, a prosecutor or corporate in-house counsel, then you are not subject to this requirement unless you represent at least one private client outside the scope of your primary employment.

If you are on Retired or Inactive registration status, then you are not subject to this rule.

No. The CLE accredited course is free.

No. Lawyers that are representing private clients can choose either to take the self-assessment course or to obtain malpractice insurance.

If the lawyer obtains malpractice insurance before the 2019 registration deadline, the lawyer will not be required to take the self-assessment course.

Lawyers who do not maintain malpractice insurance must complete the self-assessment course every two years.

Yes. All lawyers may take all or any part of the course and receive CLE credit.

The self-assessment course must be completed by the 2019 registration deadline unless the lawyer obtains malpractice insurance by that time.

The self-assessment course will be available on our website in January 2018. You will be able to access it via a link on our home page.

A lawyer who has not completed the course or obtained malpractice insurance will not be allowed to register for 2019 and will be removed from the master roll.

Yes. Lawyers who participate in the self-assessment course will earn up to 4 hours of free MCLE credits.

As with all of our courses, you will be provided with a certificate of completion.

No. All information related to a lawyer’s self-assessment is confidential, except for the fact of completion of the self-assessment. The ARDC will not be able to access specific self-assessment results for disciplinary proceedings and such results will not be discoverable.