Illinois Bar Examination (UBE)

2020 Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.

BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

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).

Illinois Board of Admissions To The Bar

625 S. College Street
Springfield, IL 62704-2521

Phone: (217) 522-5917

Website: https://www.ilbaradmissions.org

Bar Exam Locations

February – Chicago
UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608

July
Location(s) TBA

Subjects Tested

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Secured Transactions (Article 9 of Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Plus, all MBE Subjects

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam

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.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

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

Scoring

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.

Reciprocity

Acceptance of MBE Score

Accepts MBE score of at least 141 if within 13 months and from a jurisdiction in which applicant passed the entire bar exam.

Admission on Motion

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.

Admission by UBE

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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