Ultimate Guide to Arizona State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Arizona bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Bar Review Courses · Format · Essay Topics · Schedule · Dates · Location · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources

*Updated January 2020

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Arizona State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Arizona Bar Association was formed in 1881. It is a voluntary association open to all licensed attorneys and current law students.

Arizona is one of 30+ states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Arizona first administered the UBE in February 2019.

Arizona State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2019 (310 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 45%
First-Time Pass Rate: 61%
Repeat Pass Rate: 28%

February 2018 (383 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 43%
First-Time Pass Rate: 59%
Repeat Pass Rate: 26%

July 2019 (525 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 66%
First-Time Pass Rate: 78%
Repeat Pass Rate: 27%

July 2018 (581 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 59%
First-Time Pass Rate: 75%
Repeat Pass Rate: 17%

Arizona Bar Review Courses

Compare top Arizona bar exam prep courses from Crushendo, Barbri, Themis, Kaplan, AmeriBar, BarMax, AdaptiBar, and Quimbee.

CrushendoBarbriThemisKaplanAmeriBarBarMaxAdaptiBarQuimbee
Cost$240-790$2,495-4,095$1,595-2,695$2,299-3,999$895-2,545$699-1,499$395-1,065$499-1,499
MBE
MEE
MPT
MPRE
NCBE Questions2,000+100+Unknown1,200+1,400+1,905+1,700+200+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
Facebook Rating5/5Disabled4.8/5DisabledDisabled4.4/54.4/5Disabled
Access PeriodLifetime3 months4 months4 monthsUp to 3 yearsLifetime5-7 months3 years
Financing3 payments$250 registration
Founded20171974200819381999201020032007
Phone(385) 482-1776(888) 322-7274(888) 843-6476(626) 390-7170(877) 942-2763(800) 529-2651(877) 466-1250N/A

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 UBE Suite costs $790 and includes 2,000+ official questions from the NCBE.

Crushendo offers lifetime access to 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 bar prep programs cost $2,495-4,095 and include 100+ official NCBE questions from past bar exams.

Barbri offers access to its online products for three months.

Themis Bar Review is based in Chicago and was founded in 2008.

Themis publishes its pass rates publicly on its website.

Themis bar prep programs cost $1,595-2,695 and include an unknown amount of 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 $2,299-3,999 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 $895-2,545 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 exam prep programs cost $699-1,499 and include 1,905+ NCBE questions.

BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.

Tarek Fadel founded AdaptiBar in 2003.

AdaptiBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $395-1,065 and include up to 1,700+ NCBE questions.

AdaptiBar offers access to its online products for 5-7 months.

Matt Sellers founded Quimbee in 2007.

Quimbee’s bar prep programs cost $499-1,499 and include up to 200+ NCBE questions.

Quimbee offers access to its online products for 3 years.

Arizona Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The UBE is administered twice each year in Arizona (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).

MBE

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.

MEE

The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. Your MEE score comprises 30% of your UBE score.

Arizona bar exam 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.

MPT

The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. Your MPT score comprises 20% of your UBE score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

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

Schedule

MorningAfternoon
Day 1MEE (3 hours)MPT (3 hours)
Day 2MBE (3 hours)MBE (3 hours)

Dates

  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021
  • February 22-23, 2022
  • July 26-27, 2022
  • February 21-22, 2023
  • July 25-26, 2023

Location

Arizona Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the Arizona State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Arizona bar exam.

The Arizona Bar application fee for most takers is $580. There is a $100 late fee after November 1.

*Visit the Arizona State Bar Admission Office’s website (Administrative Order PDF) for more information.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the application opens on August 15 and you must submit your application by October 31 to avoid late fees. You can submit your application from November 1 to November 30 if you pay a $100 late fee. If you want to take the July bar exam, the application opens on January 15 and you must submit your application by March 30 to avoid late fees. You can submit your application from April 1 to April 30 if you pay a $100 late fee.

In addition to passing the Arizona bar exam with a score of at least 273, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Arizona, including:

  1. Score 85 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Certificate from Committee of Character and Fitness
  3. Be a graduate of an ABA approved law school
  4. Complete a course on Arizona Law

Arizona State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Committee on Examinations, Committee on Character and Fitness
Supreme Court of Arizona
Administrative Office of the Courts
1501 W. Washington, Suite 104, Phoenix, AZ 85007-3222

Phone number: (602) 452-3971

Arizona Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your current driver’s license.
  • Your Bar Examination Identification & Certification Card that has your photo, NCBE number, and examinee number.

Important notes

  • You need to have these items with you for each of the four testing sessions.
  • Pens and pencils are provided to examinees.
  • Laptop testers should not bring their laptop in a case or bag.

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials

Arizona Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in Arizona is 273/400. Scores of the three tests comprising the UBE are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total UBE score
  • MEE = 30%
  • MPT = 20%

*A passing score for the MPRE in Arizona is 85/150.

Arizona Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the Arizona bar exam.

  • MBE, MEE, MPT, and MPRE Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 2,000+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access
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Arizona Bar Exam Results

View lists of those who passed the Arizona State Bar Exam, posted on the Arizona Court’s website:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Arizona bar exam results released?

Arizona bar exam results are usually posted six to nine weeks after the exam date. February bar exam results are normally posted in April. July bar exam results are normally posted in October.

Can I see my Arizona bar exam score?

If you passed the Arizona bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you can send a letter to the Arizona Bar Admissions Office and ask for your written responses, which they will mail to you.

Can I appeal to have my Arizona bar exam re-graded?

You may file a petition within 20 days to have your exam reviewed, but without an extraordinary circumstance, it is unlikely that your exam will be regraded.

How many times can I take the bar exam in Arizona?

You can retake the UBE three times in Arizona, but you can request permission to take it more times if necessary.

Arizona Bar Exam Reciprocity

Applicants seeking admission to the Arizona State Bar, without taking the bar exam, must comply with Reciprocity Requirements.

The following states have reciprocity with Arizona: Alaska, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, 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, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

In order to be eligible for admittance to the Arizona State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:

  • Have a JD from an ABA accredited law school
  • Actively practice law for at least three of the last five years
  • Have moral fitness
  • Earn at least an 85 on the MPRE during your lifetime

Law Schools in Arizona

Here’s a list of law schools in Arizona.

Arizona Summit Law School

Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law (Arizona State)

  • Founded: 1967
  • Located: Phoenix, AZ
  • Enrollment: about 900 students
  • Tuition Cost: $47,302 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 88%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: aw.asu.edu

James E. Rogers College of Law (University of Arizona)

Helpful Groups

Here are some Facebook groups you may find helpful before, and after, passing the bar exam:

Arizona Summit Law School

Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law (Arizona State)

James E. Rogers College of Law (University of Arizona)