Perhaps you've only briefly thought about the bar exam or perhaps you have focused squarely on it. Whatever your position, it's not too late to become informed about the bar exam and the steps you can take to prepare for it.
What is a Bar Examination?
In almost every state in the United State and in some territories, recently graduated law students sit for a state bar exam. For instance, if you are interested in practicing in Missouri, you would take the Missouri Bar Exam. The bar exam measures a candidate's competency to practice law in a particular state. Successful bar exam candidates receive a license evidencing their competency to practice law in a given jurisdiction.
Passing Your Bar Exam
Passing the bar exam is a pivotal last step in becoming an attorney. There are many things you can do, as a student, to achieve this success. Much of the law school curriculum is geared toward providing you with the necessary foundation for success. In addition, most students participate in a commercial bar review course, after graduation. This course reviews (and in some cases introduces you to) those subjects that might be tested on your jurisdiction's bar exam.
Additional Requirements for Licensure
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners website at www.ncbex.org.
Beyond Bar Classes and Commercial Review Courses
In addition to what you learn in your law school classes and the commercial bar review courses, Saint Louis University School of Law also offers workshops and programs designed to help you assess and practice the skills necessary for passing the bar. These workshops cover each part of the bar exam - the essay, multiple choice and performance test portions. Thus, you have the opportunity to not only learn the appropriate substance but to also hone the necessary skills related to each portion of the bar exam.
Current students and alumni of Saint Louis University School of Law are encouraged to contact Professor Antonia Miceli, the Director of Bar Examination Preparation, and to participate in the bar preparation workshops and programs as they are announced. Please feel free to stop by Professor Miceli’s office so that you can meet in person.Students are encouraged to take advantage of the following electronic resources:
In addition, below is a list of resources to help you learn more about the bar exam:
Main SLU LAW Calendar
A Guide to Helping Your Loved One Conquer the Missouri Bar Exam