The Illinois Bar Exam assesses whether or not a candidate is competent to practice law in Illinois. The exam is comprised of four unique parts - the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). A minimum scaled score of 266 out of 400 possible points is required to pass.
The first portion of the Illinois Bar Exam is the Illinois Essay Questions, or the IEE. The IEE consists of three 30-minute essays on Illinois Law.
The second portion of the Illinois Bar Exam is the Multistate Performance Test, or the MPT. One 90-minute item is administered, which challenges 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 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 fourth 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 Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.
For more information on the Illinois Bar Exam, visit the official Illinois Bar Examination site.
Interested in Illinois Bar Exam pass rates? We've collected the Illinois Bar Exam statistics dating back to 2002: Illinois Bar Exam Results