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ILLINOIS BOARD of ADMISSIONS to THE BAR

ILLINOIS BOARD of ADMISSIONS to THE BAR

Information For Bar Exam Applicants

Applicants for admission to the Illinois bar may qualify on examination. Beginning in July 2019, the Illinois bar examination will be administered in two separate types of examinations as described below. For the content of the exam to be administered in February 2019, see Illinois Supreme Court Rule 704, eff March 1, 2019.


UBE Score vs Non-UBE Score

 

  • The UBE (Uniform Bar Examination) includes all components: Multistate Performance Test ( MPT) - two 90-min items), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) - six essays, 3 hours, and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) - 200 multiple-choice, 6 hours. The UBE results in a portable score. Please read the FAQ regarding the UBE here. FAQ:UBE
  • MBE transfer applicants take the essay components only: Multistate Performance Test ( MPT) - two 90-min items), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) - six essays, 3 hours. These applicants are transferring an MBE score earned from a previously passed exam in another jurisdiction. These MBE transfer applicants do not earn a portable score. Please read the FAQ here. FAQ

 

Illinois Supreme Court Rule 704 sets forth the requirements for qualification on examination. See Rule 704.

The exams are offered twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

The Illinois bar exams are administered at various venues in Chicago. The February bar exam will be held at the University of Illinois of Chicago Forum (UIC Forum) located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago 60608. The July bar exam venue(s) are announced prior to the July exam.


Educational Requirements

All applicants should carefully read Rule 703 and/or 715 to inform themselves of the educational requirements to apply to take the UBE. Rule 703

Graduates of Foreign Law Schools may apply to take to the exam upon certain conditions. Please refer to Rule 715 for complete information.

ILLINOIS EDUCATIONAL COMPONENT

Newly Admitted Attorneys must complete the requrements after admission. The rules and all requirements of Newly-Admitted Attorneys can be found here: Supreme Court Rule 793c.

Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois information.


Filing Deadlines and Fees

Bar Exam applicants who DID FILE Illinois Law Student Registration applications prior to 2014 but DID NOT subsequently file a Bar Exam application must contact our office for further instructions prior to making exam application. Those applicants will have fees which deviate from those charted below. Please visit this link for your assigned staff member: https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/faq.action#226

Fees may be paid by credit or debit card (Mastercard, Visa or Discover) after the online application is completed. Alternately, fees may be paid by cashier’s check, certified check or money order (US Dollars). Personal checks, travelers checks, and corporate and law firm checks are NOT accepted. Pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 706(j), filing fees are not refundable or transferable even if you withdraw your application or for any other reason.

FEBRUARY EXAM DEADLINES AND FEES

HAVE NOT previously registered for an Illinois Bar Exam:
Through September 15 $950
September 16 - November 1 $1150
November 2 - December 15 $1450
HAVE previously registered and paid for an Illinois Bar Exam:
Through November 1 $500
November 2 - December 15 $850

 

JULY EXAM DEADLINES AND FEES

HAVE NOT previously registered for an Illinois Bar Exam:
Through February 15 $950
February 16 - April 1 $1150
April 2 - May 15 $1450
HAVE previously registered and paid for an Illinois Bar Exam:
Through May 1 $500
May 2 - May 15 $850

 


Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)

The MPT and MEE components are the same for the UBE takers as for the MBE Transfer applicants. Beginning with the July 2019 Exam, the two MPT items and six MEE essays are administered on Tuesday for each exam. For detailed information about the MPT and MEE, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) website pages for each:
http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mpt/ http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mee/


Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) - For UBE applicants

The MBE is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), consists of 200 question, multiple-choice test: 175 scored questions and 25 unscored pretest questions and is administered on Wednesday of each exam. MBE questions are designed to be answered by applying fundamental legal principles in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, real property, torts and civil procedure. The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar, along with nearly every other jurisdiction, administers the MBE as part of its bar exam. The test is divided into two (2) periods of three (3) hours each, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with 100 questions in each period.

MBE scores are computed nationally. The MBE raw score (number of questions answered correctly) is converted to a MBE scaled score, which controls the variation in test question difficulty across the various administrations of the MBE. As a result of this process, a given MBE scaled score indicates about the same level of proficiency, regardless of the examination on which it was earned.

The NCBE website at http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mbe/ provides detailed information, booklets, and study guides concerning the MBE.


MBE Score Transfer - For applicants for Tuesday essay components only resulting in a non-portable score

The Illinois Board of Admission to the Bar will accept a scaled score of 141 or more that was earned by an applicant on a MBE administered in another jurisdiction within the 13 months immediately preceding the current Illinois bar exam. The deadline to transfer an MBE score for the February bar examination is the last Friday of December. The deadline to transfer an MBE score for the July bar examination is the last Friday of May. The applicant must have passed the entire bar exam in the jurisdiction in which the MBE score was earned.

Any Illinois bar examination applicant, including any MBE transfer applicant, who fails the Illinois bar examination, will be required to take the exam in its entirety upon re-examination.


Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

The Mulitstate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) on behalf of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The MPRE is a 60 question, two-hour, multiple-choice examination administered three times per year at established test centers across the country.

Like the MBE, the MPRE is scored and scaled nationally. The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar requires a MPRE score of 80 or more. An applicant need not take the MPRE before taking the bar exam, but must have done so and obtained a passing score before he or she can be recommended for admission to the bar.

For full information, resources, access and FAQs, click here.


Non Standard Testing Accommodations (NTA)

Any qualified applicant seeking nonstandard testing accommodations (NTA) on the basis of a disability must file properly completed NTA request forms simultaneously with the remaining paper portion of his/her bar exam application. NTA request forms are NOT electronically filed. You may access the NTA forms by selecting Information & Applications, Nonstandard Testing Accommodation & Administrative Accommodation, Browse Forms.

NTA Forms and documentation are due no later than December 15th for the February Exam and no later than May 15th for the July Bar Exam.


Administrative Accommodation (AA)

An Administrative Accommodation provides a courtesy arrangement for applicants with certain health-related issues in standard test rooms following the standard testing schedule. You may access the AA form by selecting Information & Applications, Nonstandard Testing Accommodation & Administrative Accommodation, Browse Forms.