Bar Exam Resources Guide

This Guide was created to assist W&L law students in preparing for the bar exam.

July 2021 Bar Exam Update:

The Illinois Supreme Court announced on February 2nd that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely. 

The Illinois state bar will administer a remote UBE on July 27-28, 2021. 

Applications are due February 15, 2021. Late applications, with an additional fee, will be accepted until May 15, 2021. 

For details on the application process and fees, please visit the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar website.

Illinois Bar Exam Details

Illinois utilizes the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE).

The UBE is composed of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) which are prepared by, given, and graded in accordance with the standards established by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Additional information regarding the content of the UBE is available here under the UBE tab and at http://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube.

The UBE will be given in Illinois twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. 

A scaled score of 266 on the UBE is required for admission in Illinois. 

UBE Schedule:

Tuesday AM: MEE (6 essays, 3 hours) 

Tuesday PM: MPT (2 items, 3 hours)

Wednesday AM: MBE (100 questions, 3 hours) 

Wednesday PM: MBE (100 questions, 3 hours)

Study Resources for the Illinois Bar Exam

There are multiple resources that provide sample questions and answers for the UBE: