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ILLINOIS BOARD of ADMISSIONS to THE BAR

ILLINOIS BOARD of ADMISSIONS to THE BAR

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The following questions are frequently asked about admission to the bar of Illinois. Each of the below questions is linked to the corresponding answer. For complete information, please refer to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Governing Admission to the Bar and the Rules of Procedure for the Board of Admissions to the Bar and the Committees on Character and Fitness, as well as corresponding areas of this website.

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General Admission Information


- How do I upload a new photo to replace my current photo?
- I submitted an Illinois Law Student Registration application prior to 2014 and am now ready to apply for a bar examination. What is that process?
- What are the upload photo submission requirements?
- May I apply if I have been rejected or my hearing is pending on character and fitness grounds in another jurisdiction?
- What form of payment do you accept for purchase of Essay/MPT study materials?
- What are all the options for paying application fees?
- Explanation of how the credit card charge works...
- Do I have any privacy rights?
- Are my fees refundable?
- How do I apply?
- Where do I send paper application materials?
- Must the Board RECEIVE my paper materials by the filing deadline?
- When is my application considered "properly submitted" for purposes of determining timeliness and compliance with the requirements?
- Can I confirm receipt of application materials by phone?
- How can I contact the Board of Admissions?
- Who will be responsible for processing my application?
- When is my application considered "submitted"?
- How can I contact my file processor?
- May I apply if I have been convicted of a felony or am currently charged with felonious conduct?
- May I apply for admission if I have been disciplined or if disciplinary charges are pending against me in another jurisdiction?
- How do I purchase Essay/MPT study materials?

Admission by Examination with Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Transfer


- May I sit for the essay portion of the bar examination in Illinois after transferring a valid, qualifying MBE score?
- How much is each section on the essay portion of the examination worth, and what total scaled score do I need to pass the Illinois bar examination?
- If I take the bar exam in a non-UBE jurisdiction, can I transfer my MBE score to a UBE jurisdiction such as Illinois?
- What are the requirements for transferring my MBE score to Illinois?
- If the jurisdiction in which I already took the bar exam administered the MPT, MEE and MBE prior to adopting the UBE, does my exam score subsequently qualify as a UBE score?
- How is the UBE different from the prior Illinois bar examination?
- What are the subjects to be tested on the Tuesday essay portion of the exam?
- Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific testing component?
- Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific continuing education component?
- Do I have to submit an MPRE score to Illinois?
- How much does it cost to take the bar examination in Illinois?
- May I transfer my MBE score to Illinois if I meet the Illinois’ MBE transfer requirement of 141 but overall failed the examination in the testing jurisdiction?
- Will Illinois allow me to take the MEE and MPT in another jurisdiction and the MBE concurrently in Illinois, or the other way around?
- Am I eligible to take the UBE in Illinois if I did not graduate from an ABA accredited law school?
- I have a foreign law degree – am I eligible to take the exam?
- I failed the Illinois bar examination in the past, but now have a qualifying MBE score from another jurisdiction that I would like to transfer to Illinois and then sit only for the Tuesday essay portion of the exam. Am I eligible?
- How do I transfer my MBE score TO Illinois from the jurisdiction where I passed?
- How do I transfer my MBE score FROM Illinois to another jurisdiction after the exam?
- How can I find out if my MBE is high enough to transfer to Illinois?

Admission By Taking The Uniform Bar Examination In Illinois (UBE)


- What is the UBE?
- When did Illinois adopt the UBE and when will it become effective?
- Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific testing component?
- Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific continuing education component?
- Do all UBE jurisdictions have state-specific requirements or separate testing components?
- How is the UBE different from the prior Illinois bar examination?
- What are the subjects to be tested on the UBE?
- If I take the UBE in Illinois but do not meet its minimum passing score of 266, can I still transfer my score to another UBE jurisdiction?
- Can I take the MEE and MPT in a UBE jurisdiction and the MBE concurrently in a non-UBE jurisdiction?
- How long is my UBE transferrable to another jurisdiction?
- If I transfer my UBE score to another UBE jurisdiction, do I have to complete the character and fitness process again?
- How much is each section on the UBE worth, and what UBE total scaled score do I need to pass the exam in Illinois?
- Am I eligible to take the UBE in Illinois if I did not graduate from an ABA accredited law school?
- I have a foreign law degree – am I eligible to take the UBE in Illinois?
- If I take the UBE in Illinois, can I transfer my MBE score to a non-UBE jurisdiction?
- How do I transfer my UBE score in Illinois to another jurisdiction?
- How much does it cost to take the UBE in Illinois?
- Does Illinois have a state-specific requirement or separate testing component?

Admission By Transferred Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) Score Under Rule 704A


- What is the UBE?
- When did Illinois adopt the UBE and when will it become effective?
- Will Illinois accept my UBE score transfer before the UBE is administrated in July 2019?
- Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific testing component?
- Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific continuing education component?
- Do all UBE jurisdictions have state-specific requirements or separate testing components?
- If the jurisdiction in which I took the bar exam administered the MEE, MPT and MBE prior to adopting the UBE, does my exam score subsequently qualify as a UBE score?
- If I previously took the UBE but did not meet that state’s passing score, can I still transfer my UBE total scaled score to Illinois?
- How old can my previous UBE score be to transfer to Illinois?
- How can I find out the requirements for admission by transferred UBE score?
- How much does it cost to transfer my UBE score to Illinois?
- I would like to transfer my UBE score to Illinois, but I did not graduate from an ABA accredited law school – am I eligible?
- I have a foreign law degree – am I eligible to transfer my UBE score to Illinois?
- I failed the Illinois bar examination in the past, but now have a UBE score from another jurisdiction that I would like to transfer to Illinois – am I eligible?
- I passed the bar examination in another state more than four years ago so I understand that my UBE score is not transferable to Illinois. However, can I still transfer my Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) score to Illinois?
- Once I have transferred my UBE score to Illinois and completed the character and fitness and all other requirements, how do I get my license?

General Admission Information


How do I upload a new photo to replace my current photo?

You can use the "Upload Photo" button located in the Upload Your Photo section on your user homepage or click the "Personal Info" link in the upper right corner of your user home page. There is also a "Upload New Photo" button located below the "Place of Birth" field. Review the list of upload photo submission requirements to verify that the photo you are uploading meets all of the requirements. Please submit a Technical Support Request, found at the bottom of the screen, if you have any issues uploading your photo.

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I submitted an Illinois Law Student Registration application prior to 2014 and am now ready to apply for a bar examination. What is that process?

Bar Exam applicants who filed Illinois Law Student Registration applications prior to 2014 but have not subsequently applied for a bar exam must contact our office for further instruction before attempting to make application. This type of applicant will have fees which deviate from other categories of bar exam applicant. Please visit this link to contact your assigned staff member for help: https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/faq.action#226

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What are the upload photo submission requirements?

Please upload a new photo in accordance with the requirements listed below. We recommend that you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets our requirements. Information and examples of passport quality photos can be found here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/visaphotoreq/photoexamples/photoexamples_5331.html. The acceptance of your photo is at the discretion of IBAB. Photo requirements are:

  • 300 X 300 square minimum once uploaded and cropped
  • In color
  • Taken within 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white background
  • Taken in full-face view, directly facing the camera, with a neutral expression and both eyes open
  • Do not wear a uniform unless it is religious clothing worn daily and do not wear a hat or head covering unless worn daily for a religious purpose
  • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar article, they may be worn for your photo
  • Glare on glasses is not acceptable; glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by turning of the camera flash
  • Low-quality vending machine or mobile phone photos are not acceptable
  • The scanned photo must be a .jpeg, .jpg, or .png.

Applicants who do not provide an ACCEPTABLE photo to IBAB will be denied admittance to the bar exam. There will be no exceptions.

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May I apply if I have been rejected or my hearing is pending on character and fitness grounds in another jurisdiction?

Yes, an applicant who has been rejected or as to whom a hearing is pending on a ground related to character and fitness in another jurisdiction may apply for admission. However, any such applicant will not be permitted to take the bar examination unless and until s/he has received certification of good moral character and general fitness to practice law by the Committee on Character and fitness.

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What form of payment do you accept for purchase of Essay/MPT study materials?

You may purchase your Essay/MPT study materials via Mastercard, Visa and Discover only.   

 

                                                                                                                                                   

      Visa Brand Mark Artwork and Guidelines   Discover Network

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What are all the options for paying application fees?

Fees may be paid in one of two ways:

- By credit or debit card (Mastercard, Visa or Discover only) on our website after the online application is complete. A convenience fee will be added to each credit card payment. If the credit card charge is denied, the application will not have been electronically submitted.

- 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.

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Explanation of how the credit card charge works...

The only way to charge your examination, application on motion or in-house counsel fee is to submit it via the website; The Board office employees (including Tech Support) are not able to do it manually.

Master Card, Visa, and Discover are the only credit or debit cards accepted. We are now accepting international credit cards.     

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Do I have any privacy rights?

Do I have any privacy rights associated with the use of my proof of U.S. citizenship, my status as a lawful permanent resident, or my status as a non-immigrant alien authorized to work in the U.S. for the Application for Character and Fitness Report?

Yes, every applicant who submits the required documentation as part of the Application for Character and Fitness Report has a right to privacy. The board is required to follow the Privacy Act and other applicable laws, regulations and policies in conducting verifications as well as safeguarding and maintaining any data provided by USCIS. 

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Are my fees refundable?

All fees paid are nonrefundable and nontransferrable pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 706(j)

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How do I apply?

Application forms are available on this website. Most are completed online and submitted electronically; others are printed from the website, completed, and submitted by mail or overnight delivery. Applicants must also submit a copy of a current driving record from all states licensed to drive within the last 10 years to be included in the paper documentation. 

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Where do I send paper application materials?

Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar
625 S College Street
Springfield IL 62704-2521

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Must the Board RECEIVE my paper materials by the filing deadline?

No, the Board need not receive the materials on or before the deadline. If an applicant has submitted the electronic forms, s/he can meet the filing deadline by posting the paper portion of his/her application (and any required fee) on or before that date. In this context, "posting" means delivery of all required materials, contained in a sealed envelope bearing proper and sufficient postage and correctly addressed to the Board at 625 S College Street, Springfield IL 62704-2521, to the USPS or national overnight carrier, at a time and on a day when the USPS or national overnight carrier collects and postmarks letters and packages for delivery.

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When is my application considered "properly submitted" for purposes of determining timeliness and compliance with the requirements?

Your application is considered properly submitted when you submit your application AND we receive the required fee.

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Can I confirm receipt of application materials by phone?

No. The volume of application materials received by the Board precludes confirmation of receipt of application materials by phone. If you wish verification that we received your paper application materials and/or fee, you must ship your materials by overnight carrier or USPO return receipt and obtain verification of delivery from your carrier.

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How can I contact the Board of Admissions?

By phone at 217.522.5917; phones are answered Monday through Friday from 8.30 AM until 4 PM.  The Board of Admissions is closed on state and federal holidays.

By fax to 217.522.3728 or 217.522.9327

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Who will be responsible for processing my application?

Your application will be assigned for processing on the basis of the first letter(s) of your last name. Current file processors/investigators and their letter assignments are set forth below. 

Assigned Letter Range  
 

Ty Perry will be responsible for processing all NTA applications - tperry@ilbaradmissions.org

Paula Ramsey-Brown will be responsible for processing all 705, 712 - 713 (FLC), 716, 717 and 719 applicationspramsey-brown@ilbaradmissions.org

A - CE Diana Hobrock  dhobrock@ilbaradmissions.org
CH - F Dorothy Holmes  dholmes@ilbaradmissions.org
G - JO Judi McDonough jmcdonough@ilbaradmissions.org
JU - McD Lisa Bailey  lbailey@ilbaradmissions.org
McE - RA Stephany Shipp  sshipp@ilbaradmissions.org
RE - SY Tammy Adams  tadams@ilbaradmissions.org
SZ - Z Tara Henrikson  thenrikson@ilbaradmissions.org
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When is my application considered "submitted"?

IBAB considers your application submitted when we receive the required fee. 

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How can I contact my file processor?

For fast answers to your questions, please EMAIL rather than phone your file processor.

Diana Hobrock - dhobrock@ilbaradmissions.org

Dorothy Holmes - dholmes@ilbaradmissions.org

Lisa Bailey - lbailey@ilbaradmissions.org

Paula Ramsey-Brown - pramsey-brown@ilbaradmissions.org

Stephany Shipp - sshipp@ilbaradmissions.org

Tammy Adams - tadams@ilbaradmissions.org

Tara Henrikson - thenrikson@ilbaradmissions.org

Ty Perry - tperry@ilbaradmissions.org

Judi McDonough - jmcdonough@ilbaradmissions.org

You may also phone your file processor Monday through Friday between 8.30 AM and 4 PM at 217.522.5917. Many file processors choose a particular time of day to return calls, so you may be asked to leave your name, number, and message in his or her voice mailbox.

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May I apply if I have been convicted of a felony or am currently charged with felonious conduct?

Yes, an applicant previously convicted of a felony or currently charged with a felony may apply for admission.  However, any such applicant will not be permitted to take the bar examination unless and until s/he has received certification of good moral character and general fitness to practice law by the Committee on Character and fitness.

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May I apply for admission if I have been disciplined or if disciplinary charges are pending against me in another jurisdiction?

Yes, an applicant admitted to practice in another jurisdiction who has been reprimanded, censured, disciplined, suspended, or disbarred in such other jurisdiction or against whom disciplinary charges are pending may apply for admission.  However, any such applicant will not be permitted to take the bar examination unless and until s/he has received certification of good moral character and general fitness to practice law by the Committee on Character and fitness.

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How do I purchase Essay/MPT study materials?

Please refer to your results letter under Essay/MPT Question and Answer Study Materials.

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Admission by Examination with Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Transfer


May I sit for the essay portion of the bar examination in Illinois after transferring a valid, qualifying MBE score?

You may sit for the Tuesday only examination administered in Illinois, but you will not earn a portable Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) score transferrable to another UBE jurisdiction. If you choose this option, you may only use your earned exam score to seek admission in Illinois.

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How much is each section on the essay portion of the examination worth, and what total scaled score do I need to pass the Illinois bar examination?

After March 1, 2019, the two MPT sections are worth 20% total, the MEE 30%, and the transferred MBE from a previously passed exam in another jurisdiction 50%. A total scaled score of 266 or higher is needed to pass the Illinois bar examination.

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If I take the bar exam in a non-UBE jurisdiction, can I transfer my MBE score to a UBE jurisdiction such as Illinois?

Yes, provided the UBE jurisdiction accepts transferred MBE scores (as Illinois does). http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-exam-score-services/mbe-score-services/. You will not earn a UBE score if you choose to transfer a MBE score and sit for the Tuesday portion of the exam.

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What are the requirements for transferring my MBE score to Illinois?

Illinois accepts MBE scores 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
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If the jurisdiction in which I already took the bar exam administered the MPT, MEE and MBE prior to adopting the UBE, does my exam score subsequently qualify as a UBE score?

No. If the jurisdiction in which you tested had not adopted the UBE at the time you took the exam, you did not earn a UBE score. The UBE is more than the sum of its components. It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by the jurisdictions that adopt it. The fact that a jurisdiction administered all three components does not qualify the score as a UBE score.

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How is the UBE different from the prior Illinois bar examination?

The Illinois bar examination prior to the adoption of the UBE consisted of three Illinois essay questions, one MPT task, and six MEE questions on Tuesday, and the MBE on Wednesday. The Illinois section was worth 13.3%, the MPT 10%, the MEE 26.7%, and the MBE 50%. Both the prior Illinois bar exam and the new UBE are scored on a 400 point scale. An additional MPT task will replace the three Illinois essay questions. Therefore, the former Illinois bar exam and the UBE are 7/8 or 87.5% the same.

There are no longer word or character limits for any MEE or MPT answers. Handwriters may request additional corresponding answer booklets if needed, but no extra time will be given when additional answer booklets are utilized. Laptop users may continue to type within a test session’s allotted time with no character limitations.

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What are the subjects to be tested on the Tuesday essay portion of the exam?

Prior to July 2019, see Illinois Supreme Court Rule 704. From the July 2019 exam forward, the subjects are:

MPT Content: A simulated case file presented in a realistic setting and calling for the test candidate to demonstrate fundamental lawyering skills regardless of the area of law in which the task arises.

Preparing: http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mpt/preparing/

Skills Tested: http://www.ncbex.org/pdfviewer/?file=%2Fdmsdocument%2F54

MEE Subjects: Areas of law that may be covered on the MEE include Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts (including Article 2 [Sales] of the Uniform Commercial Code), Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code. Some questions may include issues in more than one area of law. The particular areas covered vary from exam to exam.

Preparing: http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mee/preparing/

Scope of Coverage: http://www.ncbex.org/pdfviewer/?file=%2Fdmsdocument%2F183

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Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific testing component?

No.

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Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific continuing education component?

All attorneys in Illinois must comply with the regulations for continuing legal education.  Depending upon the date of admission and number of years of practice, the rules vary.  The continuing legal education rules for all Illinois attorneys may be found here:

Supreme Court Rule 793:  http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#793

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

https://www.mcleboard.org/files/AttorneyMCLERequirement.aspx

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Do I have to submit an MPRE score to Illinois?

Yes.

https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/appinfo.action?id=1

http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mpre/

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How much does it cost to take the bar examination in Illinois?

Illinois has a three deadline application process with different deadline dates and fees for different categories of applicant. See Rule 706.

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May I transfer my MBE score to Illinois if I meet the Illinois’ MBE transfer requirement of 141 but overall failed the examination in the testing jurisdiction?

Unfortunately not. Illinois requires that your transferred MBE scaled score is 141 or higher and that you pass the entire examination in the testing jurisdiction within 13 months.

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Will Illinois allow me to take the MEE and MPT in another jurisdiction and the MBE concurrently in Illinois, or the other way around?

No. Illinois does not allow concurrent testing with other jurisdictions. Applicants either transfer in an MBE score and take the MPTs and MEE, or register as a UBE applicant and take all components.

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Am I eligible to take the UBE in Illinois if I did not graduate from an ABA accredited law school?

No. See Rule 704. http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule704

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I have a foreign law degree – am I eligible to take the exam?

Foreign law degree applicants may apply to take the Illinois bar examination under Rule 715 with a minimum of five (5) of the past seven (7) years of previous practice.

Info re Rule 715: https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/appinfo.action?id=3

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I failed the Illinois bar examination in the past, but now have a qualifying MBE score from another jurisdiction that I would like to transfer to Illinois and then sit only for the Tuesday essay portion of the exam. Am I eligible?

No. Persons retaking the bar examination in Illinois after failing to achieve a passing score in this state must sit for and pass all sections of the bar examination in one administration in order to achieve a passing score.

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How do I transfer my MBE score TO Illinois from the jurisdiction where I passed?

Score services are either performed by the jurisdiction itself or by the NCBE. See here for lists of which jurisdictions authorize NCBE to perform scores services. Since rules and policies of jurisdictions change, you are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current information.   http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mbe/scores/

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How do I transfer my MBE score FROM Illinois to another jurisdiction after the exam?

Illinois transfers its own MBE scores to other jurisdictions for a fee of $25 per jurisdiction. Applicants must complete and submit our MBE Score Transfer or Advisory Request Form. https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/mbe-score-transfer-or-request-form

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How can I find out if my MBE is high enough to transfer to Illinois?

Score advisories to applicants vary throughout jurisdictions. Some directly notify examinees of their scores. Where you took the MBE determines what services NCBE is authorized to provide. In some cases, jurisdictions perform the score services themselves. Rules and policies vary so you are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current information and process. To determine if your MBE jurisdiction authorized NCBE to transfer its MBE scores, see here http://help.ncbex.org/score-services#mbe-2673

MBE Score transfers by the NCBE are sent directly to us, and we will notify you if it does not meet our 141 requirement. Some jurisdictions allow an MBE Score Release to obtain your MBE score, however this service is not available for all jurisdictions.  http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-exam-score-services/mbe-score-services/

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Admission By Taking The Uniform Bar Examination In Illinois (UBE)


What is the UBE?

The UBE is a uniformly administered, graded, and scored bar examination that results in a portable score. The UBE tests knowledge of general principles of law, legal analysis and reasoning, factual analysis, and communication skills to determine readiness to enter legal practice in any jurisdiction. http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/

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When did Illinois adopt the UBE and when will it become effective?

The UBE was adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court on June 8, 2018 and the first administration will be July 2019.  

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Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific testing component?

No.

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Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific continuing education component?

All attorneys in Illinois must comply with the regulations for continuing legal education.  Depending upon the date of admission and number of years of practice, the rules vary.  The continuing legal education rules for all Illinois attorneys may be found here:

Supreme Court Rule 793: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#793

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

https://www.mcleboard.org/files/AttorneyMCLERequirement.aspx

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Do all UBE jurisdictions have state-specific requirements or separate testing components?

Jurisdictions requirements range from live courses to online courses to open-book testing to post-admission courses or mentorships. İnformation can be found here:

 http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/score-portability/local-components/

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How is the UBE different from the prior Illinois bar examination?

The Illinois bar examination prior to the UBE consisted of three Illinois essay questions, one MPT task, and six MEE questions on Tuesday, and the MBE on Wednesday. The Illinois section was worth 13.3%, the MPT 10%, the MEE 26.7%, and the MBE 50%. An additional MPT task will replace the three Illinois essay questions. Both the prior Illinois bar exam and the new UBE are scored on a 400 point scale. The two MPT sections will be worth 20% total, the MEE 30%, and the MBE 50%. A total UBE scaled score of 266 or higher is needed to pass. The former Illinois bar exam and the UBE are 7/8 or 87.5% the same.

There are no longer word or character limits for any MEE or MPT answers. Handwriters may request additional corresponding answer booklets if needed, but no extra time will be given when additional answer booklets are utilized. Laptop users may continue to type within a test session’s allotted time with no character limitations.

The UBE test day schedule is:

Tuesday                                                Wednesday

MPT (Two 90-minute items)                 MBE AM (100 question, multiple-choice, 3 hours)

MEE (Six essays, 3 hours)                   MBE PM (100 question, multiple-choice, 3 hours)

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What are the subjects to be tested on the UBE?

MPT Content: A simulated case file presented in a realistic setting and calling for the test candidate to demonstrate fundamental lawyering skills regardless of the area of law in which the task arises.

Preparing: http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mpt/preparing/

Skills Tested: http://www.ncbex.org/pdfviewer/?file=%2Fdmsdocument%2F54

MEE Subjects: Areas of law that may be covered on the MEE include Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts (including Article 2 [Sales] of the Uniform Commercial Code), Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code. Some questions may include issues in more than one area of law. The particular areas covered vary from exam to exam.

Preparing: http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mee/preparing/

Scope of Coverage: http://www.ncbex.org/pdfviewer/?file=%2Fdmsdocument%2F227

MBE Subjects: Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts, and Civil Procedure.

Preparing: http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mbe/preparing

Scope of Coverage: http://www.ncbex.org/pdfviewer/?file=%2Fdmsdocument%2F226

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If I take the UBE in Illinois but do not meet its minimum passing score of 266, can I still transfer my score to another UBE jurisdiction?

Yes, UBE Jurisdictions will accept transferred scores that meet their own passing standards whether or not the score meets the passing standard in the testing jurisdiction, assuming all other admission requirements are met.

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Can I take the MEE and MPT in a UBE jurisdiction and the MBE concurrently in a non-UBE jurisdiction?

No, not in Illinois. Illinois does not allow concurrent testing with other jurisdictions. For any jurisdiction, 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.

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How long is my UBE transferrable to another jurisdiction?

For ALL applicants taking the Illinois bar exam, a passing score is valid in Illinois for four (4) years. Jurisdictions vary widely on the age of the UBE score they will accept – from 18 months to 60 months. There is also a total scaled UBE score minimum requirement which also varies by jurisdiction – from 260 to 280. Each jurisdiction that administers the UBE sets it owns minimum passing score. Charts showing Minimum Passing UBE Scores and Maximum Age of Transferred UBE Scores by Jurisdiction can be found on the NCBE site at http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/score-portability/minimum-scores/ and http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/score-portability/maximum-score-age/.

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If I transfer my UBE score to another UBE jurisdiction, do I have to complete the character and fitness process again?

Yes. Each jurisdiction makes its own character and fitness decisions.

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How much is each section on the UBE worth, and what UBE total scaled score do I need to pass the exam in Illinois?

The two MPT sections will be worth 20% total, the MEE 30%, and the MBE 50%. A total UBE scaled score of 266 or higher is needed to pass.

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Am I eligible to take the UBE in Illinois if I did not graduate from an ABA accredited law school?

No. See Rule 704. http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule704

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I have a foreign law degree – am I eligible to take the UBE in Illinois?

Maybe. Foreign law degree applicants may apply to take the Illinois bar examination under Rule 715 with a minimum of five (5) of the past seven (7) years of previous practice. 

Info re Rule 715: https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/appinfo.action?id=3

 

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If I take the UBE in Illinois, can I transfer my MBE score to a non-UBE jurisdiction?

Yes, provided the non-UBE jurisdiction accepts transferred MBE scores. Select a jurisdiction from the interactive map here to view its bar exam components and whether it accepts transferred MBE scores:

http://www.ncbex.org/jurisdiction-information

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How do I transfer my UBE score in Illinois to another jurisdiction?

The NCBE performs UBE score services for all UBE jurisdictions. Visit the NCBE UBE Score Services page for detailed information: http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-exam-score-services/ube-score-services/

You may transfer your UBE score to a UBE jurisdiction by requesting a UBE Offical Score Transcript. If you simply want to learn your UBE scores (after the testing jurisdiction has released exam results), request a UBE Unofficial Score Transcript. For either transcript, log in to your NCBE Account and go to Score Services to complete a UBE Score Transcript Services Request.

https://accounts.ncbex.org/php/ncbe_number/goScoreServices

The fee for each score service transaction is $25, and no refunds are provided for any reason.

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How much does it cost to take the UBE in Illinois?

Illinois has a three deadline application process with different deadline dates and fees for different categories of applicant.

More information: https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/appinfo.action?id=1

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Does Illinois have a state-specific requirement or separate testing component?

All attorneys must comply with the regulations for continuing legal education the rules vary depending on date of admission and prior practice.

The rules and all requirements for newly-admitted attorneys may be found here:

Supreme Court Rule 793c: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#793

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

https://www.mcleboard.org/files/AttorneyMCLERequirement.aspx

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Admission By Transferred Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) Score Under Rule 704A


What is the UBE?

The UBE is a uniformly administered, graded, and scored bar examination that results in a portable score. The UBE tests knowledge of general principles of law, legal analysis and reasoning, factual analysis, and communication skills to determine readiness to enter legal practice in any jurisdiction. http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube

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When did Illinois adopt the UBE and when will it become effective?

The UBE was adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court on June 8, 2018, and the first administration of the UBE will be the July 2019 examination.  http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule704A

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Will Illinois accept my UBE score transfer before the UBE is administrated in July 2019?

Yes. Applications for those pursuing Illinois admission based on a transferred UBE score in another UBE jurisdiction will be accepted starting on or about January 1, 2019. See Rule 704A for all requirements for admission by transferred UBE score: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule704A

To transfer UBE scores to seek admission in another UBE jurisdiction, applicants must:

  • Submit the prescribed application forms and fee
  • Submit a request to NCBE for an official UBE transcript to be sent to the jurisdiction (see UBE Score Services http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-exam-score-services/ube-score-services/
  • Satisfy the jurisdiction’s character and fitness and any other admission requirements, such as submission of passing MPRE score

Be aware that you will not be eligible for admission prior to November 1, 2019 See Rule 704 A(e).

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Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific testing component?

No.

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Does Illinois have a pre-admission or post-admission state-specific continuing education component?

All attorneys in Illinois must comply with the regulations for continuing legal education.  Depending upon the date of admission and number of years of practice, the rules vary.  The continuing legal education rules for all Illinois attorneys may be found here:

Supreme Court Rule 793: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#793

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

https://www.mcleboard.org/files/AttorneyMCLERequirement.aspx

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Do all UBE jurisdictions have state-specific requirements or separate testing components?

Jurisdictions requirements range from live courses to online courses to open-book testing to post-admission courses or mentorships. Full information can be found here: http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/score-portability/local-components/

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If the jurisdiction in which I took the bar exam administered the MEE, MPT and MBE prior to adopting the UBE, does my exam score subsequently qualify as a UBE score?

No. If the jurisdiction in which you tested had not adopted the UBE at the time you took the exam, you did not earn a UBE score. The UBE is more than the sum of its components. It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by the jurisdictions that adopt it. The fact that a jurisdiction administered all three components does not qualify the score as a UBE score.

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If I previously took the UBE but did not meet that state’s passing score, can I still transfer my UBE total scaled score to Illinois?

Yes, if it meets the total UBE score of 266, which is Illinois' passing standard and assuming all other admission requirements are met.  http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule704A

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How old can my previous UBE score be to transfer to Illinois?

No more than four years old dated from the date the score was earned. http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule704A

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How can I find out the requirements for admission by transferred UBE score?

Select a jurisdiction from this interactive map to view its requirements for admission by transferred UBE score, then contact the bar admission agency in that jurisdiction for specific information.

http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube

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How much does it cost to transfer my UBE score to Illinois?

Each applicant for admission to the bar by transferred UBE score under Rule 704A shall pay a fee of $1,250.  http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule706

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I would like to transfer my UBE score to Illinois, but I did not graduate from an ABA accredited law school – am I eligible?

No.  See Rule 703(b). http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule703 , Rule 704A(b).

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I have a foreign law degree – am I eligible to transfer my UBE score to Illinois?

No. Graduates of foreign law schools may not transfer UBE scores to Illinois and do not qualify for Admission on Motion. Foreign law degree applicants may, however, apply to take the Illinois bar examination under Rule 715 with a minimum of five (5) of the past seven (7) years of previous practice.

Info re Rule 715: https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/appinfo.action?id=3

 

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I failed the Illinois bar examination in the past, but now have a UBE score from another jurisdiction that I would like to transfer to Illinois – am I eligible?

You may apply for admission by transferred UBE score even if you have previously failed the Illinois Bar Examination, provided you meet all of the requirements.

Rule 704A

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I passed the bar examination in another state more than four years ago so I understand that my UBE score is not transferable to Illinois. However, can I still transfer my Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) score to Illinois?

No. Your MBE score is only transferable to Illinois provided that is was taken in the previous 13 months.

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Once I have transferred my UBE score to Illinois and completed the character and fitness and all other requirements, how do I get my license?

After November 7, 2019, an applicant seeking admission in Illinois by transferred UBE score may receive a license once the Board of Admissions has certified to the Illinois Supreme Court that the applicant has achieved a passing score of at least 266 on the UBE, and meets the requirements of good moral character and fitness to practice law. See Illinois Supreme Court Rules 704(e) and 704A(e).

http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule704

http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VII/artVII.htm#Rule704A

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