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Bar Exam Preparation

Mastering the Bar: Your Roadmap to Bar Exam Success

The bar exam is an examination offered by all jurisdictions in the United States for admission to the practice of law. Each jurisdiction determines the subjects, format, and dates of their exam. Most exams are the last week in July or February and consist of a 2 or 3-day exam. All jurisdictions but Louisiana require the Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE); a 200 question multiple choice exam testing candidates in the areas of Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Property, and Torts.

The second and/or third days consist of any of the following; state specific multiple choice questions, essay questions, short answer questions and performance tests. 

Application deadlines to take the bar exam are generally second semester of your last year in law school. HOWEVER, some jurisdictions require students register as 1Ls, apply as a 1L for reduced rates or have first semester of 3L year deadlines. Please refer to the National Conference of Bar Examiners for your particular state or contact Dean Justin Dion at or 413-782-1751 for more information.

Our Commitment To You

Western New England University School of Law is committed to helping you achieve your goals of becoming a licensed attorney. The bar exam can be the most challenging test you will face.  However, our comprehensive bar preparation approach guides students from the first day of law school so that the mystery and anxiety is significantly reduced. Our team approach, courses, and bar prep programs will help you pass the bar and start your career as an attorney!

For additional information contact Dean Justin Dion, Room 118,, 413-782-1751.

We have prepared year-by-year steps needed to prepare yourself for the bar exam. Please read them carefully. Please also carefully research the state you are planning to sit for the bar exam early in law school, as you are solely responsible for knowing all rules, requirements, eligibilities, and restrictions imposed by the state. This information may alter the classes you decide take, when you need to apply and/or provide the state with certain information, the number of on-line classes allowed, character and fitness requirements, state specific bar exam requirements, and/or pro bono hour requirements, among other things.  

Bar Exam Resources

The items below will provide you with additional information and resources to assist you in preparing for the Bar Exam.

Bar Application Process And Exam Tip Videos

Application Basics

Dean Justin Dion shares information on bar application basics.

Check Your Application

Important tips on items required for the bar application.


Helpful tips on preparing to study for the bar.

Credit Scores

Learn how your credit score affects your bar application.

Contact Information

Justin Dion

Assistant Dean of Academic and Bar Success

Professor of Legal Skills

Blake Law Center, Room 118

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