The Smart Guide to the Illinois Bar Exam

A Guide to Mastering the Illinois Bar Exam

Illinois Bar Exam Format

Illinois Bar Exam Sections - MBE 200 Multiple Choice, MPT 2 Writing Assignments, MEE 6 Essays

Illinois is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction. All UBE jurisdictions use the same 3 sections:

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Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

200 multiple choice
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Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

6 essays
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Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

2 writing assignments

Illinois Bar Exam Dates

Feb. 2023 exam: February 21-22, 2023
July 2023 exam: July 25-26, 2023

*The Illinois Bar Exam takes place on the last Tuesday & Wednesday of February and July.

How to Prepare for
the Illinois Bar Exam

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Contact Info

Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar
625 S. College St.
Springfield, IL 62704-2521

Website:      https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/home
Phone:         (217) 522-5917
Fax:              (217) 522-3728

Frequency Charts

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Subjects Tested on Illinois Bar Exam

MEE Essay Subjects

  1. Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, LLC’s)
  2. Civil Procedure
  3. Conflict of Laws
  4. Constitutional Law
  5. Contracts
  6. Criminal Law & Procedure
  7. Evidence
  8. Family Law
  9. Real Property
  10. Secured Transactions
  11. Torts
  12. Trusts & Future Interests
  13. Wills & Estates

MBE Subjects

  1. Civil Procedure
  2. Constitutional Law
  3. Contracts
  4. Criminal Law & Procedure
  5. Evidence
  6. Real property
  7. Torts

Minimum Passing Score

For Illinois, the UBE minimum passing score is 266.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

NO