Bar Exam Preparation at Western New England University 

The bar exam is an examination offered by all jurisdictions in the US for admission to the practice of law.  Each jurisdiction determines what 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 jurisdiction but LA, require the MBE; a 200 questions multiple choice exam testing candidates in the areas of Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Property & 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 NCBE link for your particular state or contact Kandace Kukas, Assistant Dean & Director of Bar Admission Programs at Kandace.kukas@law.wne.edu 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 Kandace Kukas, Assistant Dean & Director of Bar Admission Programs Room 203, Kandace.kukas@law.wne.edu, 413-782-1751.

We have prepared year-by-year checklists of the steps needed to prepare yourself for the bar exam. Please read them carefully.

1L During the First year, all students are introduced to the bar exam; its format and content.  Students are also guided by advisors and the Bar Director as to which law2 school courses would be beneficial for their bar exam, without compromising the student’s interests as well as preparing basics for the bar exam in states they may wish to sit. Review the First Year Bar Exam and Application Checklist

2L Second year students attend workshops on bar exam format and testing techniques, proper course selection and extra-curricular programs designed to help the 1L prepare for the bar exam format and its content. Students also commence preparation for the MPRE, which must be successfully completed prior to application for the MA bar exam (and admission for other states). Review the Second Year Bar Exam and Application Checklist

3L During the third year, all students enroll in the Advanced Legal Analysis class preparing students for the rigors of the bar exam. Students practice with actual bar exam multiple choice questions, essays and performance tests becoming more familiar with the approaches for each component of their bar exam. Many students also work with the Bar Director to fine tune their skills to prepare for the summer bar review programs. Review the Third Year Bar Exam and Application Checklist

Post Grad The summer/winter of the bar exam. Whether students are taking the July or February Bar exam, the Bar Director will help students choose a commercial bar prep course based on their needs and will supplement those courses with additional workshops just for Western New England University students. In addition the director will work one on one with students needing that additional attention for success on the bar exam. Review the Final Semester Bar Exam and Application Checklist.

Bar Exam Resources

Bar Exam Information Sessions

Throughout the year, Western New Englnad University will host information sessions from the commercial bar review programs as well as state and content specific workshops hosting by the Bar Director, Kandace Kukas. Dates, times and content of these sessions will be posted in the links as well as supplied to all students in the law school.

Year-by-Year Checklists

We have prepared year-by-year checklists of the steps needed to prepare yourself for the bar exam. Please read them carefully.

Commercial Bar Review Courses

Questions?

For additional information, contact Kandace Kukas, Assistant Dean & Director of Bar Admission Programs Room 203, Kandace.kukas@law.wne.edu, 413-782-1751.