Resources for Current Students

Bar Exam Resources

Admission to the bar and the right to practice law is controlled by the various state supreme courts, not law schools. The requirements for admission to the bar in any given jurisdiction (including Illinois) typically include graduation from an accredited law school, successful completion of the state's bar examination and demonstration of the requisite character and fitness to practice law.

The resources listed below are either available freely online or in the law library. A number of commercial bar exam preparation services are also available.

  • In the law library:
    • Wanda M. Temm, Clearing the Last Hurdle: Mapping Success on the Bar Exam, KF 303 T46 2015.
    • Nancy Rapoport, Law School Survival Manual: From LSAT to Bar Exam (2010). KF 283 R37.

The MPRE is given in the middle of March, August, and November and is required for admission to the bar in many jurisdictions, including Illinois.

  • Study Aids and Information Guides (including sample questions)
  • In the law library:
    • Sample MBE: 200-item test, includes answer key. On Reserve, KF 303 S251 2004.
    • Sample MBE II: 200-item test, ncludes answer key. On Reserve, KF 303 S252 2004.
    • Sample MBE III: 200-item test, includes answer key. On Reserve, KF 303 S253 2002 (two copies on Reserve, additional copy in Stacks).
    • Keith Elkin, MBE: Beginning your Campaign to Pass the Bar Exam, KF 303 E428 2011.
    • Neil C. Blond, Multistate Bar Exam, 5th ed. On Reserve, KF 303 M84 2010.
    • John T. Talemo, Mastering the MBE, KF 303 T35 2002.
  • Prior Illinois Exam Essay Questions
  • In the law library:
    • 1996 - 2010 and 2016 essay questions. On Reserve (uncataloged, ask for at Circulation Desk). 
    • 1985- 1995 essay questions available in microfiche as part of Hein's Compilation of State Bar Examinations, Law Library Microfiche Collection, KF 303 H45.
  • In the law library:
    • Available in microfiche as part of Hein's Compilation of State Bar Examinations, Law Library Microfiche Collection, KF 303 H45. Dates vary according to state.
    • Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. Latest edition on Reserve, KF 302 Z9 C65.