Advanced Legal Studies
This course is designed to teach upper level analytical thinking and writing for the bar exam and for the practice of law. Students will sharpen skills through a review of selected topics within major multistate bar exam subjects. Through the use of problems and exercises in a bar exam format, students will become familiar with techniques for answering multiple choice questions from the MBE (Multistate Bar Exam), MPT (Multistate Performance Test), as well as analyzing, organizing, and writing essay questions. This course is restricted to third-year law students and should be taken in the final 3L semester.
Note: this course is not a substitute for any commercial bar prep course.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests the applicant’s knowledge and understanding of ethical standards in the legal profession. Most states require passage of the MPRE before you sit for the bar examination. Each state has its own guidelines for when an applicant can sit for the MPRE and minimum passage requirements. The MPRE is offered each April, August and November. To access additional information on the MPRE and test dates, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ web site at www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/.
Bar Examination Application
Each state has its own bar registration and admission rules. Those who intend to practice law are encouraged to become acquainted with the rules in any state in which they plan to practice, especially those rules relating to registration deadlines and specific courses or course credit hours that might be required during law school. Generally, registration for the bar exam is required during the student’s third-year of law school. However, a few states offer financial discounts to students registering for the bar exam in their first year. Please check your state’s board of bar examiners website for details. To view Indiana’s bar registration and admission rules, click here. To view the bar registration and admission rules for Illinois, click here. To access the bar registration and admission rules for all states, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ web site at www.ncbex.org. Please refer to the publication, “Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.”