Minority Legal Education Resources (MLER)

The Minority Legal Education Resources Supplemental Bar Review Program (MLER, Inc.) is the response of Northwestern alumnus and Professor Ronald E. Kennedy to the problem of low bar passage rates among minorities. Started in the summer of 1975 with a generous financial contribution from the Cook County Bar Foundation, MLER began as a supplemental bar review course for minority law graduates of Northwestern University designed to operate in tandem with the primary Illinois bar review courses. Now in its 35th year, what started as Professor Kennedy’s efforts to provide individualized help to minority law graduates is now a model program for similar initiatives in other states.

MLER does not compete with commercial bar review courses - commercial bar exams cover the substantive material, while MLER deals with the "how" of taking the bar exam. MLER seeks to supplement by providing structured study time, with an emphasis on test-taking approaches and writing skills. MLER trains and certifies each instructor, and the attorneys lead small group discussions. MLER also consists of lectures and large mock group exam sessions on Illinois, MEE, MPT, and MBE questions. The program is offered twice a year in January and June.

For more information on how to register for either the summer or winter session, go to www.mler.org.

*Please note: The Winter Program starts in Jan. and the Summer Program starts in May.