Arizona Bar Exam

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Arizona Supreme Court

Character and Fitness Committee
1501 W. Washington, Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3231
Telephone: (602) 452-3971
www.azcourts.gov


BAR EXAM DATES

The Arizona Bar Exam is a two-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

2016 Winter:  February 23 - 24
2016 Summer: July 26 - 27


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Arizona bar exam is a two-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

Day 1: Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple choice exam.

Completion of jurisdiction component required before admission for all applicants. Consists of an online course on Arizona law.


SUBJECTS TESTED


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MEE Essay Subjects:

  • Business Associations (Agency, Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including Article 2 and Revised Article for UCC)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates, Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions)

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.


MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE is required for admission. Must take MPRE within 2 years before bar examination or within 5 years after successful bar examination.


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Application must be filed by October 31 for the February exam and by March 30 for the July exam. Late applications may be accepted upon payment of additional filing fees until November 30 for the February exam and April 30 for the July exam.

Exam Fee: $580

Applicant is required to submit character report and bear cost of report.
Character report:
$300

Fee not applicable to UBE transfer or AOM applicants.

Application for UBE transfer: $675


GRADING AND RESULTS

A passing score of 273 is required. The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE, with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE 30%, and the MPT 20%. Results are released in May for the February exam and October for the July exam.


RECIPROCITY

Acceptance of MBE Score: Arizona does not accept the transfer of any MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

Admission on Motion: A member in good standing of a reciprocating state bar may be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law 5 of 7 years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. Arizona requires a minimum score of 273 to waive in and also completion of a jurisdiction specific component. The jurisdiction component consists of an online course on AZ law. The time limit for reciprocity is 5 years from the date of the exam. For complete details contact the Arizona Committee on Examinations.

Admission by UBE: Applicants who have earned a UBE score in another jurisdiction may be eligible for admission to Arizona by transfer of UBE score. You must achieve a score of 273 or greater, be a member in good standing and graduate from an ABA accredited law school. Arizona UBE does not include: Community Property or Arizona Constitutional Law. For complete details, contact the Arizona Committee on Examinations.


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