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Illinois Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
Illinois has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE®). It is a two-day exam, and takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) and the Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) are administered on Tuesday; the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®) is administered on Wednesday. Note that Illinois has transitioned to the UBE with the July 2019 administration.
Illinois Board of Bar Examiners
625 South College Street
Springfield, Illinois 62704
Telephone: (217) 522-5917
Fax Numbers: (217) 522-3728 and (217) 522-9327
Bar Exam Format
The Illinois Bar Exam is a two-day exam.
- Day 1: AM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) PM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays.
- Day 2: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®).
Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions).
Bar Exam Dates
- February 25 - February 26, 2020
- July 28 - July 29, 2020
A total UBE® scaled score of 266 or higher is needed to pass. The MBE® is weighted at 50% of the score, the Essays are weighted at 30%, and the MPT®s are weighted at 20%.
The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar requires a MPRE® score of 80 or more. It is not required that an applicant take the MPRE® before taking the bar exam, however before admission to the bar an applicant must have received a passing score.
Applications for those pursuing Illinois admission based on a transferred UBE® score of 266 ot higher in another UBE® jurisdiction will be accepted starting in January 1, 2019. Illinois accepts MBE® scores of 141 or higher transferred from other jurisdictions provided the following requirements are met:
- The transferred MBE® score must have been attained in an exam administered within 13 months preceding the exam for which you have applied
- Applicant must have passed the entire exam within the 13 months preceding the exam for which you have applied
- Applicant cannot have previously failed the Illinois bar exam
- Score transfer must be received by set forth deadline for the exam for which you have applied
Illinois does not allow concurrent testing with other jurisdictions. UBE® applicants must take all portions of the examination (MPT®, MEE® and MBE®) in the same UBE® jurisdiction and in the same exam administration to earn a portable UBE® score. A passing score on the Illinois bar exam is valid in Illinois for four years.
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