Bar Preparation

The Bar examination may be a distant thought for many of you and for some of you it may be recurring nightmare.  Whatever your frame of mind, the bar exam is an inevitable rite of passage if you want to practice law.  You need to be informed about the bar exam and the steps you need to take to prepare. 

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 Pennsylvania, you would take the Pennsylvania 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. Please see the Bar Preparation LibGuide for state bar exam links.

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. Please see the Bar Preparation LibGuide for more information on Commercial Bar Programs.

Beyond Bar Classes and Commercial Review Courses

In addition to what you learn in your law school classes and the commercial bar review courses, Villanova 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. You can find strategies on preparing for the bar in the Bar Preparation LibGuide.

Getting Started

Current students and alumni of Villanova University School of Law are encouraged to view the material on the Bar Preparation Libguide and contact Peter Thompson, the Director of Experiential Learning, to participate in the bar preparation workshops and programs as they are announced. 

For Bar Application questions:

Tiffany Southerland

Associate Director of Admissions
Telephone: 610-519-6706

Other Questions:

Megan Jacobs

Assistant Director of Academic Affairs
Telephone: 610-519-7053
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