Arizona Bar Exam Information

Arizona Bar Exam Information


Arizona Supreme Court
Committees on Exams and Character & Fitness
1501 W. Washington, Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3225

(602) 452-3971

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Subjects and Topics Tested

Arizona is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction. The UBE consists of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The Arizona bar exam may test the following subjects:

MEE Subjects

  • Agency & Partnership
  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the Arizona bar exam is 273 on a 400-point scale. The MBE is weighted 50%. The MEE is weighted 30%, and the MPT is weighted 20%.

Bar Exam Dates

The Arizona bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

The February Arizona bar exam results are released in May and the July bar exam results are released in October. Results will be mailed to exam takers and posted online.

Bar Exam Format

The Uniform Bar Exam (adopted by Arizona), has the written components on Tuesday and the multiple choice component (MBE) on Wednesday

Tuesday
During the 3-hour morning session, 2 MPT questions are administered. This allows an average of 1.5 hours to complete each. During the three-hour afternoon session, 6 MEE questions are administered, allowing an average of 1.5 hours to answer each essay question.

Wednesday
100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

Reciprocity

Arizona allows for admission reciprocity of by motion or by transfer of a UBE score.  There are several criteria for admission that must be met: 1) active practice of law for five of the past seven years; and 2) admission by passing the bar exam of a jurisdiction having reciprocity with Arizona.  Some of the criteria required for admission by transfer of a UBE score include a passing score of 273 obtained within the prior 5 years.

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