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Bar Exam In My State


All information provided is subject to change by the Illinois Bar Examiners.

The Illinois Bar Exam is designed to test an applicant’s ability to understand and apply various legal principals presented in different formats. The exam consists of one day of multiple choice (Multistate Bar Examination) and one day of essay testing.

The Multistate Bar Examination, or MBE, is divided into two sessions, morning and afternoon. Each session of the MBE consists of 100 multiple choice questions over three hours for a grand total of 200 questions over six hours. For more information on the MBE, including a list of subjects tested, please click here.

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Illinois Bar Exam info

  • The MBE counts as 50% of your total score in Illinois.
  • Illinois does not accept a score from an MBE taken in another jurisdiction.
  • You can expect to get the results of your Illinois Bar Exam in October if you took it in July, and March, if you took it in February.

For more information on the Illinois Bar Exam please visit the Illinois Bar Examination site.

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