Illinois Bar Application

The Illinois Bar Exam 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. Information regarding bar preparation courses can be found here.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Academic Administration & Student Affairs.

When is the Illinois Bar Exam held?

The Illinois bar exam is offered on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July. You can find more information about the Illinois bar exam, including application filing deadlines and fees, on the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar website.

What kind of information must be included in the Bar application?

All information you disclose on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar registration application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission to Chicago-Kent. You need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to Dean Sowle setting forth the details of the admission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

What is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) and how does it work?

The MPRE is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, a multiple choice examination given three times each calendar year (March or April; August; and November). The test is designed to measure the examinee's knowledge of the ethical standards of the legal profession. Many jurisdictions require bar applicants to write the MPRE. The MPRE is also scored and scaled nationally; although each jurisdiction establishes its own passing score Illinois requires a scaled score of 80 or more points on the MPRE. An Illinois bar applicant may take the MPRE at any time after beginning law school. An applicant need not take the MPRE before writing the bar exam. However, The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar must receive satisfactory proof that an applicant has achieved a passing MPRE score before he or she can be recommended for admission to the bar.

What is the Dean's Certificate and how do I get one?

The law school sends a "Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education" to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted the Application for Graduation during their final semester. Students do not need to give the Registrar's Office a copy of the Certificate form; they have an electronic version in our system.