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Illinois Bar Exam Information

Board of Admissions to the Bar
625 South College Street
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217) 522-5917

Illinois Bar Examiners

Illinois Bar Exam Dates

2017 - February 21 22  July 25 26
2018 - February 27 28, July 24 25

 

Illinois Bar Exam Format

The Illinois Bar Exam is administered by the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar in order to identify and recommend to the Supreme Court qualified candidates for admission to the Illinois Bar.  The bar exam lasts two days.  On the first day, a Multistate Performance Test question, six Multistate Essay Examination questions, and three Illinois state law questions are given.   Learn more about AmeriBar's Illinois Bar Review Course On the second day, the Multistate Bar Examination is administered. Learn more about AmeriBar's Multistate Bar Review Course Click here for more information about the Multistate Performance Test Home Study Course.  

Illinois Bar Review Course

AmeriBar offers a complete Illinois bar review course, an MBE review course, and an Illinois essay exam course.

Illinois Bar Exam Grading Information

The Illinois essays count for 43%, the MPT counts for 7%, and the MBE counts for 50%.

MPRE Requirements

In addition to passing the Illinois Bar Exam, an applicant must attain a scaled score of 80 on the MPRE.  Click here for more information about AmeriBar's Free Online MPRE Review Course and how it can help you pass the Illinois Bar Exam.  

Illinois Bar Exam Statistics

Illinois Bar Exam Statewide Pass Percentage

Exam Date

First

Repeat

Total

July 2011

90%

40%

87%

Feb 2011

84%

55%

75%

July 2010

90%

50%

87%

Feb 2010

87%

49%

76%

July 2009

92%

50%

89%

Feb 2009

84%

30%

69%

July 2008

93%

44%

88%

Feb 2008

86%

55%

76%

July 2007

90%

41%

86%

Feb 2007

83%

49%

71%

Bar Exam MBE Reciprocity for Illinois

Illinois will accept the transfer of MBE scores from another jurisdiction for 1 year or the two preceding exams. The required minimum scaled score is a 140. Please contact the state where you took the MBE to inquire about having your score transferred to Illinois.

Please note than an applicant who elects to transfer a previous MBE score to Illinois must achieve a passing score on the essay portion of the current Illinois bar exam in order to pass the exam. The point value of the transferred MBE score will not be included in an applicant's total score on the Illinois bar exam and thus cannot offset an inadequate performance on the essay exam.

Any MBE-transfer applicant who fails the Illinois bar examination will be required to write a two-day examination on reexamination.

Illinois Bar Exam - Fees and deadlines

The regular deadline for the February exam in Illinois is September 1. The regular filing deadline for Illinois' July exam is February 1. Applications received for the February exam will be acknowledged in writing by December 1 and applications for the July exam will be acknowledged in writing by June 1.

The Board will not accept applications for a February examination until the month of August preceding that February exam, and will not accept applications for a July examination until the month of January preceding that July exam. Applications are never accepted by facsimile.

Recent Illinois Bar Exam Results

Click here for the results from the latest bar exam administered in Illinois.

Illinois Bar Reciprocity

Contact the Illinois board at (217) 522-5917

Contact the board of bar examiners for the most current information.

 

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