Illinois Bar Exam (UBE) details
A typical Illinois Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
Illinois Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Illinois Board of Admissions to The Bar.
You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.
- Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
- Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM)
- Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law/Procedure
- Federal Civil Procedure
- Real Property
- Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations; and Limited Liability Companies)
- Conflict of Laws
- Family Law
- Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
- Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
- Plus all MBE subjects
- “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.
- A scaled score of 80 is required for admission to the bar. The MPRE can be taken at any time but admission to the bar is contingent on passing the MPRE.
The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.
- MBE weighted 50%
- MEE weighted 30%
- MPT weighted 20%
A total scaled score of 266 is required to pass.
Acceptance of MBE Score
Accepts MBE score of at least 141 if within 13 months and from a jurisdiction in which applicant passed the entire bar exam.
Admission on Motion
May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for three of five years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. For complete details, contact the Illinois Board of Admissions to The Bar.
Admission by UBE
Applicant may transfer a UBE score of at least 266 if achieved by taking all portions of the UBE in the same jurisdiction and in the same exam administration, and score was attained within the four years immediately preceding the date of application for admission to Illinois. For complete details, contact the Illinois Board of Admissions to The Bar.
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