Our law school career services office provides you, the student, with information that will enable you to find a job after law school and own your career. Explore the sections below for important law school career development information.
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|Bar Exam Information||MPRE|
|Character & Fitness||Practice Areas|
Log onto Pathfinder before accessing these guides:
1L Career Planning Guide: A guide to assist 1Ls in career planning.
2L Career Planning Guide: A guide to assist 2Ls in career planning.
3L Career Planning Guide: A guide to assist 3Ls in career planning.
Nuts & Bolts Guide: Information on resumes, cover letters, writing samples, networking, and interviewing.
Students seeking letters of recommendation from faculty should provide an Excel spreadsheet of names and addresses to the faculty assistant. Career Services provides this template through Pathfinder:
In order to join the legal profession and work as a lawyer in the United States, individuals must be licensed by the state or territory in which they plan to practice. The federal government does not license lawyers. Most states require prospective attorneys to graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass a state-administered bar exam, pass an ethics exam, and satisfy character and fitness standards.
In some cases, it is possible to seek admission to two different states during the same testing period. This depends on whether the two states offer the state-specific portions of their bar exams on different days of the week. Attorneys admitted to one or more states may seek admission to another state either by motion or by taking the new state’s bar exam. This varies by state.
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. (ABA Standard 504(a) Qualifications for Admission to the Bar).
Every state offers its bar exam during the last week of July and the last week of February. Most exams consist of a Multistate Bar Exam and one or two days of state specific testing. The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is a six-hour, 200-question, multiple-choice exam covering six subjects (Torts, Property, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Evidence, and Criminal Law). The state specific portion of the exam typically consists of essay questions that test the applicants’ knowledge of various subject areas.
State Bar Admission Requirements for All States: Comprehensive guide to bar admission requirements.
Bar Admission Offices for All States : Contact info for bar admissions offices across the United States.
Bar Review Courses: Links of available bar review courses.
Comprehensive Bar Exam Information: Provided for each state.
The MPRE is designed to measure the examinee’s knowledge and understanding of the rules that govern a lawyer’s professional conduct. The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of all but four states. Each state establishes its own passing score, which is generally between 75 and 86.
The MPRE is a 60-question, two-hour-and-five minute, multiple-choice examination. The MPRE is administered three times each year: August, November, and March.
In deciding when to take the MPRE, it is important that applicants check their state’s requirements. Some states require applicants to take the MPRE before taking the rest of the bar.
State bar examiners ask applicants to provide detailed information related to their character and fitness. Character and fitness standards and practices vary widely by state. Find out as early as possible (at least a few months before your state’s application is due) what material you will have to gather and submit for your character and fitness review. In some instances, it could take an extended period of time for you to obtain responsive information such as criminal record, driving records, employment records, etc.