Bar Exam FAQ

The bar exam is administered in February and July. Most law graduates take the July bar exam after they graduate in May. The bar exam usually is two or three days depending on the state. For most states, one day consists of a portion covering state law and the second day is for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)(see below).

Bar admission requirements differ from state to state, and requirements may change over time. Most significantly, each state has its own application deadline. As a result, students are advised to visit the Web site of their state bar office for the most authoritative information on what their states require for bar admission.

For information on various exams that may be required for bar admission, and links to most state bar authorities (including information for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Republic of Palau), visit the Web site of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

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General Bar Exam Information
Illinois Board of Admissions
MLER (Minority Legal Education Resources)
Request an application via e-mail.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination registration
National Conference of Bar Examiners
State Bar Admission Offices

Bar Review Courses
NOTE: The bar review course links below are provided to students as a convenience only. These sites contain a summary of Bar information from all jurisdictions; providing this information does not constitute an endorsement of any programs or products by Northwestern University or Northwestern University School of Law.
Law Preps
Minority Legal Education Resources (MLER)
Patent Bar Review
PMBR Multistate Review
The Study Group Personal Bar Review
Themis Bar Review