The Office of Career & Alumni Services provides you, the student, with information that will enable you to "own your career."
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A guide to assist 1Ls in career planning.
A guide to assist 2Ls in career planning.
A guide to assist 3Ls in career planning.
Nuts & Bolts Guide
Information on resumes, cover letters, writing samples, networking, and interviewing.
A Note Regarding Letters of Recommendation
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:
- Click on Documents.
- Click on the Document Library tab.
- Download the Recommendation Letter Mail Merge Form.
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.
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.
Comprehensive guide to bar admission requirements.
Contact info for bar admissions offices across the United States.
Links of available bar review courses
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 – generally between 75 and 86.
The exam 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.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam Info
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.
For information regarding different practice areas, click here.