Arkansas Bar Exam

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Arkansas Board of Law Examiners

120 Justice Building
625 Marshall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: (501) 374-1855


The Arkansas Bar Exam is a two-day exam.

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 24

2016 Summer: July 26 and 27


The Arkansas Bar Exam is a 2 -day exam.

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) problems and 6 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions.

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


MBE Subjects: 

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

MEE/Arkansas Essay Subjects:

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership, Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including Article 2 and Revised Article 1 of the UCC)
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • 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 is required on the MPRE to being admitted to the Bar of Arkansas.


Applications must be filed by November 16th for the February exam, and by April 1st for the July exam.

Exam fee: $500
A single money order or cashiers check payable to the Clerk of the Supreme Court in the amount of $500.00. Make certain that your check or money order is negotiable for at least six months from the date of issuance.


The written portion is scaled to the MBE to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score. A total score of 270 or higher is required to pass. Results are released approximately four weeks after the exam.


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. For complete details contact the Arkansas Board of Law Examiners.

Acceptance of MBE Score:  A bar examination applicant may retain from the immediately preceding Arkansas Bar Examination the applicant’s Multistate Bar Examination scaled score of 135 or more. An applicant may transfer from another jurisdiction a Multistate Bar Examination scaled score of 135 or more for use in the immediately succeeding Arkansas examination only.

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