Illinois Bar Exam Information
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Illinois Bar Exam Format
The Illinois Bar Exam is administered over two days.
The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the Illinois bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”), the Illinois Essay Exam (“IEE”), and the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”). You will have three hours to answer one MPT question and three IEE questions. You will have three hours to answer the six MEE questions.
The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the Illinois bar exam. The MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. The MBE is split into a morning and afternoon session. Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.
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- February 26 – 27. 2019
- July 30 – 31, 2019
- February 25 – 26. 2020
Illinois Bar Admissions
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Springfield, IL 62704-2521
Illinois MPRE Score Requirement
Illinois requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 80 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in Illinois.
Scoring/Grading and Results
In order to pass the Illinois bar exam, you must score at least 266. This equates to 133 based on the MBE’s 200-point scale. The scores of the exam sections are weighted as follows: IEE and MEE 40%, MPT 10%, and MBE 50%. Illinois makes the February bar exam results available during the first half of April, and the July Illinois bar exam results in the first half of October.
Illinois allows for admission on motion for attorneys who fulfill certain requirements, some of which include:
- being licensed to practice law in any United States jurisdiction for at least five years;
- fulfilling all educational and character and fitness requirements; and
- being in good disciplinary standing in every jurisdiction of admission.
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