NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.
2020: February 25 – 26, July 28 – 29
2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28
The Illinois Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).
Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM) and six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM).
Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).
February – Chicago
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608
A scaled score of 80 is required for admission to the bar. The MPRE can be taken at any time but admission to the bar is contingent on passing the MPRE.
Applications must be filed electronically by September 15 for the February exam and by February 15 for the July exam. Late application deadlines, with associated fees, are November 1 and December 15 for the February exam and April 1 and May 15 for the July exam.
Exam Application Fee: $950
On-Motion Application Fee: $1,250
UBE Transfer Fee: $1,250
Late Fee: $1,150
Final Late Fee: $1,450
The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE weighted 30% and the MPT weighted 20%. A total scaled score of 266 is required to pass.
Accepts MBE score of at least 141 if within 13 months and from a jurisdiction in which applicant passed the entire bar exam.
May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for three of five years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. For complete details contact the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar.
Applicants may transfer a UBE score of at least 266 if achieved by taking all portions of the UBE in the same jurisdiction and in the same exam administration and was attained within the four years immediately preceding the date of application for admission to Illinois. For complete details contact the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar.
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