The Illinois Bar Exam assesses whether or not a candidate is competent to practice law in Illinois. Students that pass the Illinois Bar Exam receive a portable score that may also qualify them to practice law in other states administering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).
The UBE was first administered July 2019 in Illinois and consists of three parts - the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). A minimum score of 266 out of 400 possible points is needed to pass.
The first portion of the Illinois Bar Exam is the Multistate Essay Exam, or the MEE. The MEE consists of six 30-minute essays. Students must provide clear, well-organized compositions that demonstrate the ability to understand universal law concepts and communicate ideas effectively.
The second portion of the Illinois Bar Exam is the Multistate Performance Test, or the MPT. Two 90-minute items are administered, each of which challenge examinees to separate relevant from irrelevant facts and communicate complex legal concepts effectively. The MPT is designed to test students' ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation.
The third and final portion of the Illinois Bar Exam is the Multistate Bar Examination, or the MBE. The MBE is administered twice annually; once on the last Wednesday in February and again on the last Wednesday in July.
AdaptiBar prepares students for the MBE portion of the Illinois Bar Examination. The MBE occurs on one day, which is divided into two, three-hour parts, each consisting of 100 questions. When answering MBE questions, students apply fundamental legal principles instead of local case or statutory law. During the MBE, students analyze fact situations and apply black letter law. Students choose only one correct answer - the best answer - from the four available choices.
The Illinois Exam is a 2 day exam.
Interested in Illinois Bar Exam pass rates? We’ve collected the Illinois Bar Exam statistics dating back to 2002: Illinois Bar Exam Results