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Preparing for the Illinois Bar Exam

DePaul College of Law provides students with workshops and individual counseling to assist in bar exam preparation. For more information contact Professor Jamie Kleppetsch, Director of Bar Passage.

Structure of the Illinois Bar Exam

The Illinois Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of each February and July and consists of three components: an essay component, a multiple-choice component, and a performance component. In July 2019, Illinois will begin administering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

The subjects tested on the Illinois Bar Exam are listed in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 704(b). They include all DePaul first-year subjects plus a number of core electives.

The Illinois Bar Exam is a two-day exam. The first day consists of:

  1. Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Tests (MPT). For current information on the MPT please go to www.ncbex.org.
  2. Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions. For a current list of subjects tested on the MEE please go to www.ncbex.org.
  3. The second day of the exam consists entirely of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), which is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions drafted by the NCBE. For a current list of the subjects tested on the MBE please go to www.ncbex.org.
    *In February 2019 only, Illinois will test 3 Illinois specific essays in lieu of a second MPT.

A number of the subjects tested on the Illinois Bar Exam are covered in the following core electives offered at the College of Law:

Illinois Bar Exam Results

The Board of Admissions generally releases the February bar exam results in early April and the July results in early October. Please note that the Board of Admissions can change how scores are calculated and the minimum passing score after each test administration. Be sure to check the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar website prior to the exam date for the most up-to-date exam information. Specific exam instructions are released and posted on the Board’s website approximately two weeks before each exam.

Uniform Bar Exam

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered in over 30 jurisdictions. It is coordinated by the NCBE and is comprised of the MEE, MBE and MPT. It is uniformly administered and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction sets its own minimum score for passing, and determines its own grading criteria. Passing scores can vary between UBE states.

Commercial Bar Preparation Courses

Commercial bar preparation courses specialize in helping students review the subjects tested on the bar exam. Students are provided course materials and a study plan to help them prepare for the bar exam.

Bar preparation courses vary in price, scope and format. Students should thoroughly investigate the scope and quality of materials, course success rate and course schedule before selecting a course that best suits their learning needs. The Financial Aid Office also provides a Bar Study Expenses FAQ sheet, which can be accessed here.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners also provides MPRE, MBE and MEE study aids on its website.

Minority Legal Education Resources (MLER)

Established in 1977, Minority Legal Education Resources (MLER) is a non-profit bar preparation organization dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through its Bar Process Management Program. MLER supplements commercial bar review courses with weekly practice essay questions and personalized feedback. There are clinics on essay writing, the MPT and the MBE. MLER adopts a holistic approach to bar preparation by helping students develop analytical and writing skills, as well as helping them to study effectively, manage stress, and balance bar studies with competing life demands. More information on MLER can be found at www.mler.org. DePaul is proud to host MLER, its new home beginning Summer 2017.​​​