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Arizona Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
Arizona has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE®). It is a two-day exam, which takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) and the Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®) are administered on Tuesday; the Mulitstate Bar Exam (MBE®) is administered on Wednesday.
Committee on Examinations, Committee on Character and Fitness
Supreme Court of Arizona*
Administrative Office of the Courts
1501 W. Washington, Suite 104, Phoenix, AZ 85007-3222
fax: (602) 452-3958
*The Arizona Supreme Court is responsible for the entire process of admitting attorneys to the State Bar of Arizona. The State Bar has no involvement with that process.
Bar Exam Format
The Arizona Exam is a two-day exam.
- Day 1: AM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays. PM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s).
- Day 2: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®).
Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions).
Bar Exam Dates
In 2020, the Arizona Bar Exam will be administered on:
- February 25 - February 26, 2020
- July 28 - July 29, 2020
The Arizona Bar Exam will require a minimum scaled combined score of 273 points out of 400 points to pass. The MBE® is weighted at 50% of the score, the Essays are weighted at 30%, and the MPT®s are weighted at 20%.
A minimum passing scaled score is 85 or higher.
MPRE® Policy: The acceptable MPRE® score must be earned within 2 years before the successful bar examination or within the time frame for taking the oath of admission.
The Arizona Supreme Court allows admission on motion, allowing eligible candidates to bypass the examination if you have actively practiced law for three of the prior five years, you were admitted by bar examination either in a reciprocal jurisdiction and/or another jurisdiction (If admission by bar examination is in a non-reciprocal jurisdiction, then “active practice” must have occurred in reciprocal jurisdictions), and you have earned a minimum score of 85 on the MPRE® during the last 5 years. A list of reciprocal and non-reciprocal jurisdictions can be found here.
An applicant for admission in Arizona must also take and complete the Course on Arizona Law.
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