To become a Fellow, attorneys must meet rigorous membership criteria.

  • Be recognized for their practice of family law by the bench and the bar in their jurisdiction
  • Have been admitted to bar for at least 10 years, dedicating at least 75 percent of their practice to matrimonial law
  • Have completed 15 hours of continuing legal education in each of the previous five years
  • Pass a written examination on subjects pertaining to matrimonial and family law, administered by the National Board of Examiners
  • Complete an interview and examination conducted by the Illinois Chapter Board of Examiners, as well as interviews by other matrimonial law practitioners in Illinois
  • Commit to the ethical standards set forth in the "Bounds of Advocacy" as well as rules of professional conduct endorsed by the Illinois State Bar Association
  • Demonstrate involvement in study or improvement of matrimonial law, such as publishing articles or teaching continuing education courses
  • To start the Academy application process click here.

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