Alaska Bar Exam Information

The Alaska Bar Exam is a two-day UBE exam usually held on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the July 2020 exam until September 9-10. Application deadlines have not changed, and the standard fee of $800 still applies for applications made before May 1.

Exam Dates:The last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July

*July 2020 exam postponed until September 9-10 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Exam Type:2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
Location:Various locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau
Application Fee:$800
On-Motion Application Fee:$1,500
Filing Deadline:May 1, 2020
Late Filing Deadline:June 15, 2020
Late Fee:May 1 – May 15, 2020 – $825 ($25 late fee)

May 15 – June 15, 2020 – $900 ($100 late fee)

When is the 2020 Alaska Bar Exam?

The 2020 Alaska Bar Exams are normally held on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the July exam to be postponed until September 9-10.

Where is the Alaska Bar Exam Located?

The Alaska Bar Exam will be held simultaneously at locations to be announced before each exam in Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks.

How much does the Alaska Bar Exam cost?

The standard fee for the Alaska Bar Exam is $800 if paid before May 1. Late filing fees apply after that date.

  • Applicants who file between May 1 and May 15 must pay $825.
  • Applicants who file between May 15 and June 15 must pay $900.

Re-applicants receive a discounted rate if applying before a different deadline:

  • Re-applicants who pay for the September 2020 exam before June 15 will pay $500.
  • Re-applicants who pay for the February 2021 exam before January 15 will pay $500.

Applicants who withdraw from the September 2020 exam may receive a full, partial, or nil-refund:

  • Applicants who withdraw before June 15, 2020, receive a full refund.
  • Applicants who withdraw from June 16 to July 10, 2020, receive a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee.
  • Applicants who withdraw after July 10, 2020, don’t receive a refund.

What subjects are tested on the Alaska Bar Exam?

The following subjects are tested at the Alaska bar exam:

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)

What is the format of the Alaska Bar Exam like?

The Alaska Bar Exam follows a two-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) format.

Day 1:

Morning: Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions

Afternoon: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions

Day 2:

Morning: 100 multi-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) questions (3 hours)

Afternoon: 100 multi-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) questions (3 hours)

What is the minimum MPRE score needed to take the Alaska Bar exam?

The Alaska Bar Exam requires a scaled MPRE score of 80 or above for admission.

How is the Alaska Bar Exam Graded?

The MPT and MEE scores are scaled to the MBE. The Alaska Bar Exam is weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50%
  • MEE = 30%
  • MPT = 20%

A minimum score of 280 is required to pass the exam.

When are the Alaska Bar scores released?

The Alaska Bar Exam scores are usually released on the following dates:

  • February exam scores released on April 15
  • July exam scores released on September 15

Due to the postponement of the July 2020 Alaska Bar Exam until September 9-10, the release of the scores will be postponed until later in the year. Visit the Alaska Bar Association website for updated information.

Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?

MBE scores from other jurisdictions aren’t accepted by the Alaska Bar Association.

What is the Alaska Reciprocity Agreement like?

An applicant may be eligible for admission without taking the Alaska Bar Exam if they have passed a written UBE test in a reciprocal state or D.C., as well as the MPRE. The applicant must also have been practicing law for five of the last seven years.

Additional requirements apply, including the submission of affidavits stating that you accept Alaska’s ethical regulations and rules of professional conduct. Applicants seeking admission under reciprocity must pay a higher fee of $1,500.

How can I contact the Alaska State Bar?

The Alaska Bar Association can be contacted through the following channels:

P.O. Box 100279
550 W. 7th Ave
Suite 1900
Anchorage, AK 99501

Phone: 907-272-7469
Fax: 907-272-2932
Email: info@alaskabar.org
www.alaskabar.org

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