Ultimate Guide to Arkansas State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Arkansas 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 2024

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Arkansas State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Arkansas Bar Association was formed in 1898. There are about 5,000 attorneys that are a part of the Arkansas State Bar Association.

Arkansas is one of 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Arkansas first administered the UBE in February 2020.

Arkansas State Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2023 (239)

Overall Pass Rate: 70%
First-Time Pass Rate: 81%
Repeat Pass Rate: 29%

February 2023 (99)

Overall Pass Rate: 48%
First-Time Pass Rate: 59%
Repeat Pass Rate: 40%

February 2022 (unknown takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 60%
First-Time Pass Rate: 65%
Repeat Pass Rate: 57%

July 2021 (unknown takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 70%
First-Time Pass Rate: 76%
Repeat Pass Rate: 34%

Arkansas Bar Review Courses

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

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NCBE Questions 1,750+ 100+ 1,350+ 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,700+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
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Arkansas Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in Arkansas (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.

Watch Crushendo’s free MBE tips video.


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


Morning Afternoon
Day 1 MPT (3 hours) MEE (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)


  • July 30–31, 2024
  • February 25–26, 2025


Arkansas Bar Exam Application

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

Arkansas State Bar Admissions Office

Mailing address:

Justice Building
625 Marshall Street
Suite 1100
Little Rock, AR 72201

Telephone: 501-682-9400

Arkansas 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

Arkansas Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in Arkansas is 270/400. 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 Arkansas is 85/150.

Arkansas Bar Review Course

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

  • MBE, MEE, and MPT Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 1,750+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Attack Outlines
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access

Arkansas Bar Exam Results

View past Arkansas Bar Exam pass lists:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Arkansas bar exam results released?

February bar exam results are usually posted in April. July bar exam results are usually posted in September.

Can I see my Arkansas bar exam score?

If you passed the Arkansas bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score.

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


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

You can retake the UBE in Arkansas without any limit.

Arkansas Bar Exam Reciprocity

Applicants seeking admission to the Arkansas State Bar, without taking the bar exam, must comply with Reciprocity Requirements. If you are admitted to the bar in any state, territory, or district, you can be admitted to the Arkansas State Bar if you comply with the following requirements:

  • 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.
  • Have a degree from an ABA-approved law school.

Law Schools in Arkansas

Here’s a list of law schools in Arkansas.

University of Arkansas School of Law

William H. Bowen School of Law

  • Founded: 1975
  • Located: Little Rock, AR
  • Enrollment: about 450
  • Tuition Cost: about 24,000 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 63%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: ualr.edu/law

Helpful Groups

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

University of Arkansas School of Law

William H. Bowen School of Law