I have been researching online law schools and the possibility of earning a law degree in California; hoping to eventually sit for the Bar in my home state, Illinois. Several obstacles are immediately prevalent:
A) Illinois has a rule that the first law school you graduate from must be an ABA approved school. Coorespondence schools do not fit in this category and probably never will.
B) It does not appear that you can be admitted to the Illinois Bar 'On Motion' as you still will have to meet Rule 703 (e.g. "each applicant shall have pursued a course of law studies and fulfilled the requirements for and received a first degree in law from a law school approved by the American Bar Association.")
My confusion is with the following Illinois Supreme Court rule regarding Pro Hac Vice:
Rule 707. Foreign Attorneys in Isolated Cases
Anything in these rules to the contrary notwithstanding, an attorney and counselor-at-law from any other jurisdiction in the United States, or foreign country, may in the discretion of any court of this State be permitted to participate before the court in the trial or argument of any particular cause in which, for the time being, he or she is employed.
What in the heck does "rules to the contrary notwithstanding" mean?