Illinois Bar Exam

The Illinois Bar Examination is administered by the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar as part of the process of identifying and recommending to the Supreme Court qualified candidates for admission to the Illinois Bar. The Examination spans two days— the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July—with the performance test and essays on Tuesday and the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday.

About the Exam

The Illinois Bar Exam essays can include contracts, criminal law, torts, evidence, constitutional law, real property, administrative law, agency and partnership, business organizations, commercial paper, conflicts of law, criminal procedure, equity, family law, federal taxation, Illinois civil procedure, secured transactions, suretyship, trusts and future interests, and wills and estates.

The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is a six-hour, 200 question multiple-choice examination covering contracts, criminal law, torts, evidence, constitutional law, and real property. The test is divided into two periods of three hours each, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with 100 questions in each period.”

The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiner’s website.

Multistate Bar Exam Schedule

Day One (Tuesday) Morning

  • Three Illinois Essay Exam Questions (90 minutes)
  • One Multistate Performance Test (90 minutes)

Day One (Tuesday) Afternoon

  • Six Multistate Essay Exam Questions (3 hours)

Day Two (Wednesday) Morning

  • 100 Multiple-choice Questions from Multistate Bar Examination (3 hours)

Day Two (Wednesday) Afternoon

  • 100 Multiple-choice Questions from Multistate Bar Examination (3 hours)