Young Lawyers Division

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division serves as a resource for young lawyers practicing in Illinois to develop, enhance, and foster a balanced professional life. It consists of all ISBA members under age 37 and members admitted to practice under 7 years.

New Lawyers

The New Lawyers webpages are designed to make it easy for new lawyers to find information aimed at them including ISBA benefits, job opportunities, events, publications, and more. There are also pages with information about:

YLD Free Pizza/Professional Development Series

See our past programs in our Professional Development Series archive.

Annual Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest

The 2020 Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest is sponsored by and for members of the Young Lawyers Division. If you're an ISBA lawyer member and are under the age of 36 as of July 1, 2019 or admitted to the bar fewer than five years as of that date, you're eligible to complete for a share of the $3,500 in prize money. Past winning articles can be found in the February issues of the Illinois Bar Journal. Find out more...

Other Tools and Resources


Sponsorship Opportunities

Over the course of any bar year, the ISBA YLD holds a number of flagship events. Each event is a unique opportunity for our sponsors to target and reach this up-and-coming group of lawyers. Find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

Flagship Events

Children's Assistance Fund

The ISBA YLD Children's Assistance Fund awards grants to 501(c)(3) organizations serving the State of Illinois. Bar Associations, though 501(c)(6) organizations, are encouraged to apply for project support. Find out more about the Children's Assistance Fund

YLD on Facebook

Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division