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Arizona Bar Exam Information

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Arizona Bar Exam Overview

The state of Arizona uses the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) for aspiring lawyers. The Arizona Bar Exam takes two days, and the first day consists of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), which includes two MPT essay questions and six MEE questions. The second day of the exam is 200 multiple choice question Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

The Arizona Bar Exam also uses the same grading system as what is standard for the UBE, and the first day of the exam is weighted the same as the second day. The MBE counts for 50 percent, the MEE is 30 percent, and the MPT is 20 percent of the overall grade. Arizona requires a grade of 273 or higher on the 400 point scale. It takes approximately nine weeks to receive test results for the Arizona Bar Exam. Applicants must also score an 85 or higher on the MPRE before they take the Arizona Bar Exam.

The path to becoming a lawyer in Arizona includes completion of an undergraduate college program, passing the LSAT, graduating from a law school program, passing the MPRE, and finally registering for and passing the Arizona Bar Exam.

We recommend checking out our Arizona Bar Exam study material here at TestMaxPrep and take our practice tests to ensure you are adequately prepared on the day of the exam. The questions will cover more than 25 topics, including but not limited to civil procedure, criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, evidence, family law, and real property.

The Arizona Bar Exam occurs twice a year in February and July. The next available test date is February 25-26, 2020. You can learn more about the registration and testing process for the Arizona Bar Exam by contacting the Supreme Court of Arizona.

2020 Filing Deadlines & Fees

When is the AZ Bar Exam in 2020?

February 25-26, 2020 July 28-29, 2020
Timely Filing: Oct 31, 2019 Mar 31 , 2020
Late Filing: Nov 30, 2019 Apr 30, 2020

How Much Does the AZ Bar Exam Cost?

Timely Application Fee: $580
Late Application Fee: $680
Laptop Computer fee: $125

What is the AZ Bar Exam Schedule Like?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is a 2-day exam administered twice a year, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of February and July and the MEE and MPT given on the Tuesday prior to that.

Tue 6 Essays on any subject (3 hours) 2 Performance Test (3 hours)
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

What Subjects Are Tested On The AZ Bar Exam?

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Wills (Decedents' Estates)

AZ Bar Exam Grading & Scoring Process

NCBE scores the MBE component of the UBE. Jurisdictions grade the MEE and MPT components. The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE and UBE total scores are calculated by NCBE.

UBE total scores are reported on a 400-point scale and a passing score of 273 is required in Arizona.

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

Required MPRE Score: 85


Results for the February exam are typically released in May.

Results for the July exam are typically released in October.

AZ Bar Exam Reciprocity

UBE Transfer

Arizona recognizes the Uniform Bar Examination as a valid indicator of legal knowledge and understanding, and allows eligible applicants to transfer a valid UBE score earned in a recognized UBE jurisdiction to satisfy the educational component of Arizona admission.
You may be eligible for admission by transfer of UBE score if: (1) You hold a J.D. degree awarded from an ABA-accredited law school; (2) You passed a Uniform Bar Examination, administered in a recognized UBE jurisdiction on a recognized UBE test administration date; and (3) You achieved a UBE score of 273 or greater.

Admission on Motion

Arizona does allow for admission on motion.
Application for Admission on Motion fee: $1800

How do I Contact the AZ Bar?

Supreme Court of Arizona
Committee on Examinations, Committee on Character & Fitness
Administrative Office of the Courts
1501 W. Washington, Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3222
Phone: 602-452-3362
Fax: 602-452-3958

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