Bar Exam Resources


NIU College of Law Supplemental Bar Skills Review

The NIU College of Law offers a Bar Skills Review course to its alumni who will be taking the Illinois Bar Examination in July. The nine-session course offers students the opportunity to hone their essay exam-writing skills and to practice for the Multistate Practice Test. 

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MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam) Resources

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MBE (Multistate Bar Examination) Resources

  • Study Aids and Information Guides (also contains sample questions)
  • In Law Library:
    • 1975 - 1992 Annual Compilation of Bar Examination Questions. KF 303 I48.
    • Multistate Bar Examination Questions 1992 - 581 released questions from the MBE, includes answer key.  On Reserve, KF 303 N38 1992.
    • Sample MBE - 200-item test administered February 1991, includes answer key.  On Reserve, KF 303 S25 1995 &  KF 303 S251 2004 (additional copy of 2004 in Stacks).  
    • Sample MBE II - 200-item test administered July 1991, includes answer key.  On Reserve, KF 303 S252 2004 (additional copy in Stacks).  
    • Sample MBE III - 200-item test administered July 1998, includes answer key.  On Reserve, KF 303 S253 2002 (two copies on Reserve; additional copy in Stacks).
    • Stephen P. Klein, Summary of Research on the Multistate Bar Examination (1993). KF 303.K53 1993.
    • John T. Talemo, Mastering the MBE (2002).  Stacks, KF 303 T35 2002.

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MEE (Multistate Essay Exam) Resources

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MPT (Multistate Performance Test) Resources

Exam Questions & Point Sheets

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Illinois Bar Exam Essay Questions

  • February & July 1996 onwards on Reserve in the Law Library (uncataloged - ask for at the Circulation Desk).  
  • 1985 through February 1995 are available in microfiche as part of Hein's Compilation of State Bar Examinations, Law Library Microfiche Collection, KF 303 H45.

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Other State Bar Exam Questions

  • 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.
  • ABA and NCBE, Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. Latest edition on Reserve in the Law Library, KF 302 Z9 C65. Also available online from the ABA.
  • BAR/BRI Digest - National bar examination information. Latest edition on Reserve in the Law Library, KF 303.B37.

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General Bar Exam Resources

  • ABA and NCBE, A Model for Dialogue. Available online from the ABA.
  • Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, The Bar Exam in a Nutshell (2nd ed. 2009).  Reserve, KF 303 D37 2009. (1st ed., 2003 in Stacks.)
  • J.P. Davis, How to Pass the Bar Exam (1989). KF 303.D38 1989
  • Edna Wells Handy, You Can Pass Any Bar Exam (1997). KF 303.H25 1997
  • Frank G. Houdek, Admission to the Bar: An Annotated Bibliography of Law Review Articles, 1966 - 1976 (1976). KF 302 A1 A3
  • National Conference of Bar Examiners, NCBE Directory (1989). Reference, KF 303.N43
  • Linda F. Wightman, LSAC National Longitudinal Bar Passage Study (1998). KF 302 W53 1998.

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Official Bar Exam Links

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Bar Exam Study Hints

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