Peoria Public Radio Staff
Fri July 5, 2013
Il S.C. rule making it easier for military personnel spouses to get a law license goes into effect
This week, a new Illinois Supreme Court rule took effect that's intended to make it easier for spouses of military personnel to get a law license. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.
"They were facing large gaps of employment due to having to take the bar every time their spouse member moved, which is on average two to three years."
Through the Illinois Supreme Court's Commission on Access to Justice, she urged the court to make an accommodation, and the justices agreed.
Under the new rule, any lawyer who's married or in a civil union with a member of the military stationed in Illinois will have a much easier time getting a law license for the duration of their partner's assignment.Allen says Illinois is home to about 25,000 active-duty personnel. She says it's only the fifth state to adopt special rules for military spouse lawyers.