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Bar Exam Resources: Introduction to the Bar Exam

Highlights important information and services for law students as they prepare to take the bar examination in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.

The Bar Exam


If you need any additional help or assistance, please contact the Bar Programs Director.

This LibGuide includes:

  • Bar Admission Requirements
  • Boards of Bar Examiners
  • Bar Examination Questions and Answers
  • Bar Review Course Information

Bar Admission Requirements

For up-to-date bar admission information, contact the bar administrator for the specific jurisdiction.

For an overview of bar requirements for all states consult the American Bar Association (ABA) Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.

Bar Loan

Bar loans are designed to help students with the costs associated with the bar exam, bar prep courses, and living expenses while studying for the bar. The amount a student borrows depends on the lender’s minimum and maximum amount allowed and what the student determines is necessary. These loans carry higher interest rates and less appealing repayment options than federal loans.

We encourage all students to borrow up to their maximum federal cost of attendance with federal loans before utilizing the Bar Loan option.

The number of lenders offering bar loans has shrunk considerably with the current credit market. Widener University Commonwealth Law School is aware of three lenders currently offering a bar loan program at this point in time. If lenders re-enter the market they will be added to our list. Students should be prepared for stricter credit criteria than in the past and may want to consider applying with a co-signer.

Please use the links to apply directly online with the lender. Widener Law Commonwealth will certify the student’s graduation date and the money will be disbursed directly to the student.

  • PNC
  • Sallie Mae: Application must be downloaded and completed on paper or over the phone
  • Wells Fargo: must have a prior relationship, that can include online checking or savings account, credit card, mortgage or car loan in addition to student loans. Wachovia is a Wells Fargo company and as such students with a prior Wachovia relationship can apply for the Wells Fargo Bar loan.


Please contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions
Harrisburg - (717)541-3961 or