Illinois Bar Exam Information

The Illinois Bar Exam is administered by the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar in order to identify and recommend to the Supreme Court qualified candidates for admission to the Illinois Bar.  The bar exam lasts two days.  On the first day, a Multi state Performance Test question, six Multi state Essay Examination questions, and three Illinois state law questions are given.  On the second day, the Multi state Bar Examination is administered.  To sit for the Illinois Bar Exam the applicant needs to have graduated from an ABA approved law school with at least a JD.

The Illinois Bar Exam is a two-day exam on Tuesday and Wednesday with the performance test and essays on Tuesday and the multiple-choice Multi state Bar Exam on Wednesday.

The February 2010 Illinois bar exam will take place on Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24.  The July 2010 Illinois bar exam will take place on Tuesday, July 27 and Wednesday, July 28.  The Illinois bar exam is administered at various sites in Chicago within four to eight blocks of Water Tower.

The subjects wich will be tested are Administrative Law, Agency, Commercial Paper, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Corporations, Equity, Family Law, Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, Federal Taxation, Illinois Civil Procedure, Partnerships, Personal Property, Secured Transactions, Suretyship, Trusts and Future Interests, and Wills (Decedents’ Estates).

The Wednesday exam day consists of the MBE.  The MBE is a 200 question multiple choice exam.  100 questions are asked in the morning over a three hour period, and 100 questions are asked in the afternoon over a three hour period.  The MBE has 33 questions each for Contracts and Torts, and 31 questions each for Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, and Real Property.


Inside Illinois Bar Exam Information