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Bar Admission

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Links are available on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website, www.ncbex.org. Forms for other jurisdictions are also available at www.ncbex.org.

Illinois Bar Exam

  • To register for the Illinois bar exam, visit the Illinois Board of Admissions.
  • All students must submit an application for admission to the bar in the year they plan to graduate and in the state in which they plan to practice law.
  • In Illinois, Sept. 1 is the deadline for the following February bar examination and Feb. 15 for the following July bar examination. For other states, see www.ncbex.org.

Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination

  • Register for the for the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) at www.ncbex.org.
  • Most states also require applicants to take the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) in addition to the regular bar exam.
  • The MPRE is offered in August, November and March.
  • Students may not take the MPRE until they complete two-thirds of the credits required to earn the JD.
  • College of Law students must complete 58 credit hours before they qualify.
  • The MPRE must be taken in the same academic year in which the student graduates. Earlier scores will not be accepted.
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