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Board of Admissions
625 South College Street
Springfield, IL 62704

Illinois Bar Exam Format

The Illinois Bar Exam is a two-day exam. Day 1 consists of three Illinois essay questions, one 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question, six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions, and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions. Day 2 is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.

Multistate Edge prepares you for the MBE portion of the Illinois Bar Exam.

Illinois Bar Exam Subjects: Illinois/MEE Subjects (MBE Subjects are in bold)

Administrative Law, Agency, Commercial Paper, Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Equity, Family Law, Federal Jurisdiction & Procedure, Federal Taxation, IL Civil Procedure, Partnerships, Personal Property, Sales, Secured Transactions, Suretyship, Trusts & Future Interests, Wills (Decedents’ Estates), Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts


A scaled score of 80 on the MPRE, administered after the applicant has completed the equivalent of two full years of law school, is required for admission.

Illinois Bar Exam Scoring and Results

The MBE is weighted 50%, essays are weighted 43%, and the MPT is worth 7%. Results are released six weeks after the February exam, and eight weeks after the July exam.

Click here to see passage results for past Illinois Bar Exams.

Illinois Bar Exam MBE Reciprocity

An applicant can transfer a previous MBE score of at least 140 from another jurisdiction, if it is from the preceding two exams and the applicant passed the bar exam in that jurisdiction. Illinois does not accept MBE scores from a concurrent bar exam.

Illinois Bar Exam Reciprocity

In order to be eligible for admission without taking the Illinois Bar Exam, the applicant must be a member of a reciprocating state bar and have engaged in the active practice of law for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application. The applicant must also meet education requirements. The applicant must be a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school and prove intent to practice a minimum of 500 hours annually in Illinois.

Illinois Bar Exam Application Deadlines and Fees

Please visit the Board of Admissions’ website for details on application deadlines and fees, and for more information on other topics.

*Bar exam information is subject to change without notice; please verify with the bar examiner’s office.

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