Bar Exam Information

Bar Exam Information

Investigate bar exam information early in your law school career! Bar examiners in a number of jurisdictions require law students to register while the student is enrolled in law school. In addition, several other jurisdictions offer a form of law student early registration on a voluntary basis. Because NDLS students practice in such a large number of jurisdictions, the Career Development Office is unable to provide specific information regarding each jurisdiction. Each student is responsible for reviewing and understanding the requirements of the jurisdiction in which they wish to practice. These links are provided merely as a convenience to our students and alumni. This list does not constitute an endorsement of any programs or products by the University of Notre Dame or Notre Dame Law School.

Students should also pay close attention to the requirements of each jurisdiction that must be met in order to sit for the bar exam. For example, Illinois requires students to pass the MPRE prior to sitting for the bar exam. It also specifies that students must have completed 60 credit hours or 2/3 of their law school education prior to sitting for the MPRE. Another jurisdiction with additional requirements is Ohio where students must register during their second year of law school and show proof of attendance at a 1 credit hour substance abuse class prior to sitting for the bar exam. In short, students should investigate carefully the requirements of the jurisdiction in which they intend to sit for the bar exam and prepare accordingly. Students are encouraged to direct any questions about the process to the jurisdiction in question to ensure accuracy of the information.

Bar Admission Documentation

To sit for the bar, every jurisdiction requires the submission of certain forms and other documentation.

  • Forms That Must Be Completed By the Law School: Please submit such forms to Anne Hamilton, Law School Registrar, at:

Notre Dame Law School
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780

overnight mail address: Notre Dame Law School, 1100 Eck Hall of Law, Notre Dame, IN 46556
fax: 574-631-3980

Because of the volume of forms that need to be completed at the end of the academic year, current 3L students should submit such forms by no later than April 15th of their 3L year in order to ensure that the forms can be completed and forwarded to the appropriate jurisdiction in time for students to sit for the July bar exam immediately following their graduation.

  • Transcripts: Officials transcripts are only available from the University Registrar’s office and must be requested directly from that office. Please note that you will not be able to obtain an official transcript if there is a hold in place because of any outstanding financial obligations.
  • Character & Fitness Investigations: Such investigations are done by the bar examiners once you submit your application. Generally, any disciplinary actions/academic issues or any discrepancies between the bar exam application and law school application are examined. If you believe there is a discrepancy between the bar exam and law school applications, you should contact Anne Hamilton, Law School Registrar, at

Bar Review Courses

Many students choose to enroll in a commercial course designed to help them review and prepare for the bar exam. Listed below are links to several popular bar prep courses. These sites contain a summary of Bar information from all jurisdictions which can be useful for any student researching bar exam requirements. These links are provided merely as a convenience to our students and alumni and does not constitute an endorsement of any programs or products by the University of Notre Dame or Notre Dame Law School.


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Adjunct to the bar exam, some jurisdictions require a passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) an ethics test offered three times a year and administered and graded by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Since testing information is subject to change, you should always consult the official NCBE website for full details and specifics.

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