Ultimate Guide to Alaska State Bar Exam
Your complete guide to Alaska Bar Exam prep.
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*Updated July 2022
Alaska State Bar Exam | Basic Information
The Alaska Bar Association was formed in 1955. Alaska is one of 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Alaska first administered the UBE in July 2014.
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Crushendo’s written and audio outlines utilize 250+ proprietary mnemonics to help you memorize everything you need to know to pass the bar exam on your first try.
Crushendo’s complete bar prep course, the UBE Suite, costs $970 and includes 1,750+ official practice questions from the NCBE.
Crushendo offers lifetime access for all of its bar exam prep products.
Adam Balinski founded Crushendo Bar Review in 2017 (read the founding story here).
The Harcourt publishing company founded Barbri in 1974 when it acquired two bar review programs. Since its founding, Barbri has been owned by large firms including Thomson Reuters and Leeds Equity Partners.
Barbri products have been used by more than a million law school students. In the last 20 years Barbri has settled multiple antitrust lawsuits.
Barbri’s traditional bar prep programs cost $1,999-4,199 and some include 100+ official NCBE questions from past bar exams.
Barbri offers access to its traditional, full-time bar prep course for 8-10 weeks, but early access can be purchased.
Themis Bar Review is based in Chicago and was founded in 2008.
Themis’s bar prep program costs $2,695 and includes 1,350+ NCBE questions.
Themis offers access to its online products for four months.
Stanley Kaplan founded Kaplan, Inc. in 1938.
Kaplan jumped into the bar review space in 2006 when it acquired PMBR, a company that provides test prep for the MBE. In 2008 Kaplan expanded its bar review offerings.
Kaplan’s bar prep programs cost $2,199-3,999 and include 1,200+ NCBE questions.
Kaplan offers access to its online products for four months.
Alexander Nakis founded AmeriBar in 1999. It’s headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida.
AmeriBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $1,299-2,599 and include 1,400+ NCBE questions.
AmeriBar offers access to its online products for up to three years.
Michael Ghaffary and Mehran Ebadolahi founded BarMax in 2010.
BarMax’s bar prep course costs $1,895 and includes 1,700+ NCBE questions.
BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.
What’s the format of the UBE?
The UBE is administered twice each year in Alaska (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The UBE has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).
The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 50% of your overall UBE score.
Crushendo offers affordable, comprehensive written and audio outlines for MBE subjects (in addition to MEE and MPRE subjects).
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The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. The MEE makes up 30% of your score.
Essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.
Crushendo offers the most recent MEE questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MEE tips video.
The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. The MPT makes up 20% of your score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MPT tips video.
What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!
Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location
Are you interested in taking the Alaska State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Alaska bar exam.
Most applicants will pay $800 to take the bar. There are $25 and $100 late fees. Those who have failed the bar and are reapplying will only be charged $500.
*Visit the Alaska Bar Association’s website for more information.
If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the application deadline is December 1. There is a $25 late fee is you apply between December 1 and December 15. There is a $100 late fee if you apply between December 15 and January 15. January 15 is that final deadline.
If you want to take the July bar exam, the application deadline is May 1. There is a $25 late fee is you apply between May 1 and May 15. There is a $100 late fee if you apply between May 15 and June 15. June 15 is that final deadline.
In addition to passing the Alaska bar exam with a score of at least 280, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Alaska, including:
- Score 80 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
- Character and Fitness Review
- Attend a presentation of attorney ethics
Alaska State Bar Admissions Office
Alaska Bar Association
840 K Street, Suite 100
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Alaska Bar Association
PO Box 100279
Anchorage, AK 99510-0279
What to bring
- Your current driver’s license.
- Your Bar Examination Identification & Certification Card that has your photo, NCBE number, and examinee number.
- You need to have these items with you for each of the four testing sessions.
- Laptop testers should not bring their laptop in a case or bag.
- Any item that can connect to the internet
- Any item that can record audio or video
- Food or drink
- Scratch papers
- Study materials
View lists of those who passed the Alaska State Bar Exam, posted on the Alaska State Bar Association’s website:
Frequently Asked Questions
When are my Alaska Bar Exam results released?
Results will be released approximately 90 days after the exam.
Can I see my Alaska Bar Exam score?
If you passed the Alaska Bar Exam, you won’t be able to see your score.
Can I appeal to have my Alaska Bar Exam re-graded?
How many times can I take the Alaska Bar Exam?
There is no limit to how many times you can take the UBE in Alaska.
Attorneys can be admitted to the Alaska State Bar if they meet the reciprocity requirements.
The following states have reciprocity with Alaska: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota. Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
In order to be eligible for admittance to the Alaska State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:
- Show proof of being admitted to the bar in a reciprocal state
- Hold a JD or LLB from an ABA-approved law school
- Have proof of good standing in the bar in another state
- Have proof of active legal standing in at least five of the last seven years
Here are some Facebook groups you may find helpful before, and after, passing the bar exam:
More helpful resources and study materials to help you pass the Alaska State Bar Exam: