Arkansas Bar Exam Information

Arkansas Bar Exam Information

Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners
2100 Riverfront Dr., Suite 110
Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 374-1855

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Arkansas bar exam tests the following MBE and MEE subjects:

MBE Subjects

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

MEE Subjects

  • Agency & Partnership
  • Corporations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts and Future Interests

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: April 3

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: November 15

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $500
Attorneys: $500
Laptop Fee: $0

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the Arkansas bar exam is 135 on a 200-point scale, which is based on a combined scores of the MBE, the MEE, and the Multistate Performance Test. The essay questions are weighted 30%, and Multistate Performance Test is weighted 20%, and the MBE is weighted 50%.

Bar Exam Dates

The Arkansas 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

Arkansas bar exam results are typically released within 5 weeks of the exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Arkansas bar exam includes the written portion on day one, and the MBE on day two.

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.

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


The Arkansas Bar does allow admission by motion based on reciprocity. In addition to other requirements, applicant must be practicing attorney from reciprocal jurisdiction, and must have practiced for 5 of last 7 years. Must also pay $1500 application fee.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.







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