Our flagship program is the Bar Process Management Program. Our Program is offered twice a year, January and May, in preparation for the Illinois Bar Exams conducted in February and July, respectively. Each Program session lasts approximately six weeks and consists of small group meetings and large group lectures. Every week students are given a practice exam which includes both essay and Multistate Bar Exam questions. Generally, three licensed attorneys tutor each small group and, on a weekly basis, the tutors grade and provide personalized feedback on each student’s practice essay exams. Students who are repeat test-takers are given additional attention through weekly homework assignments which are also evaluated by our tutors. MLER also conducts a DIRAC (Decision, Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion) clinic, a Multistate Performance Test clinic, and a full-day simulated Multistate Essay Examination. The Program is distinguished through the dedicated support of our tutors and the invaluable tips and tools we provide on how to balance the stresses during the bar exam preparation period.
Each Program term lasts approximately six or seven weeks and consists of the following:
- Small group meetings and large group lectures.
- Weekly practice exams with essay & Multistate Bar Exam questions.
- Feedback on exams and the exam taking process.
- Clinics on essay writing, the MPT and the MBE.
- Specialized program for repeat test-taker, including additional attention through weekly homework assignments.
MLER’s Bar Process Management Program employs an holistic approach to taking the Bar exam by (i) focusing on the development of its students’ writing and analytical skills, and (ii) giving its students the necessary tools to help them effectively study, manage stress, and understand how to balance their other real world obligations while studying for the Bar exam.
MLER’s Bar Process Management Program is unlike any other. Our holistic approach provides dedicated support of our tutors and the invaluable tips and tools we provided on how to balance the stresses during the bar exam preparation period. If you are sitting for the bar, MLER’s program would be the perfect supplement to any bar preparation plan.
What We Expect
The students of our Bar Exam Preparation Program are provided with a wide range of services to increase their likelihood of success on the bar exam. Our dedicated tutors work with students throughout the preparation process to address academic and personal needs. However, students are taught early on that success will depend on their personal dedication and commitment to the Program. Thus, all students are asked to abide by the following guidelines:
- Enroll in a commercial bar review course
- Attend MLER every week and take all exams
- Create and follow a study schedule
- Repeater students are encouraged to complete all homework assignments
- Maintain a POSITIVE mental attitude, believing in your success, and making a commitment to become an MLER tutor once you have passed the bar.
Enrollment for Students
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN NOVEMBER FOR THE WINTER BAR. CHECK BACK SOON!
If you would like to apply for the Winter 2021 Bar Exam Preparation Program, please complete the online application located here beginning on November 16, 2020: Website Student Registration Form (Standard Fee). To access the form, click on the link and submit the application upon completion. If you have any issues registering for the program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Participation in the Winter 2021 Bar Process Management Program is LIMITED to students preparing for the February 2021 Illinois Bar Exam. To enroll in the program, you can also click on the “Apply” button below. The Registration fee must be submitted by January, 7 2021. Fees are to be paid electronically by scrolling below to the “Pay Now” section to pay through PayPal. Select the corresponding registration fee based on the date of submission of your application.
(There will be ONE registration fee for the Summer 2020 Program. Check back in November for updated registration fee information for the Winter 2021 program.)
May 18, 2020 thru July 9, 2020: $350.00
ALL PROGRAM COSTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE
Need–Based Hardship Scholarships
The MLER Board of Directors will grant a very limited amount of need-based hardship scholarships for each program. Email the following documents to email@example.com by TBD for the Winter 2021 program to be considered for a need-based scholarship:
(1) 250-word personal statement expressing your need for the scholarship;
(2) Any document which indicates you have a financial need (bank statements, lease agreements, bills, etc.).
All submitted information will be kept confidential. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Program Dates, Times, and Location
Classes for the MLER Bar Exam Preparation Program cover a six-week period in January (February Bar) and a seven-week period beginning in May (July Bar). EXCEPTION: The Summer 2020 Bar Exam will be administered as a remote bar on October 5-6, 2020. Click here to view our Summer 2020 Program Schedule for a detail of the time commitment. All Online Program classes will be held via Zoom Online Conference website. MLER is sponsored by the DePaul University College of Law, located at 25 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604.
Please note that it is essential that each student registered with the MLER Program attend each session in its entirety. Tutors are asked to attend every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., and we expect students to respect their donated time and energy.
As an organization, MLER recognizes the importance of using innovative ways to further our mission. To that end, we have rededicated ourselves to expanding the organization and have developed the MLER Diversity Pipeline Program. As part of this program, MLER works with various organizations, including Just The Beginning- A Pipeline Organization and the Chicago Consortium of Diversity Legal Professionals to introduce high school and college students to the legal profession and to assist law school students in their studies and professional development. Within these program, we strive to promote an increase in underrepresented student enrollment in law schools by addressing educational and social barriers and by conducting workshops for students as early as ninth grade, We look forward to partnering with new organizations! Do not hesitate to contact us, MLER prides itself in being the best go-to-value add-organization in the Midwest!
The success of our organization rests entirely on the commitment that our volunteer tutors have provided. We thank you for your interest in volunteering as a tutor for MLER. Since we demand a high level of professionalism from our students, we ask that our tutors bring the same level of dedication and responsibility into their student groups. Our tutors are provided with extensive training on bar exam writing methods, student counseling, and stress management. MLER offers a social, collaborative environment in which to instruct.
Learn more about becoming a tutor here.