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Arkansas Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
The Arkansas Bar Exam is a two-day exam. It takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The MEE® (Multistate Essay Examination) and MPT® (Multistate Performance Test) take place on Tuesday and the MBE® (Multistate Bar Exam) takes place on Wednesday.
Arkansas Board of Law Examiners
2100 Riverfront Drive, Suite 110
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-1747
Tel: (501) 374-1855
Fax: (501) 374-1853
Bar Exam Format
The Arkansas Bar Exam is a two-day exam.
- Day 1: AM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) PM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays.
- 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 Arkansas Bar Exam will be administered on:
- July 27-28, 2021
- February 22-23, 2022
The Arkansas Bar Exam requires a minimum scaled combined score of 270 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 may not be earned more than three years prior to or one year following a passed Arkansas Bar Examination.
Arkansas permits admission on motion, without examination, for applicants who have practiced for five of the preceding seven years, are admitted to practice and are a member in good standing in at least one U.S. jurisdiction, have received a J.D. or L.L.B. from an ABA-approved law school, have had their principal place of business for the two-year period immediately preceding application in a state permitting reciprocity, and have not taken and failed the Arkansas bar within the 5 years prior to their application. The candidate must have also received a minimum score of 85 on the MPRE®. A list of reciprocal and non-reciprocal jurisdictions can be found here.
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