State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Arizona

Bar Information


Key Dates

When is the Bar Exam: 

The last Tue and Wed of February and July

By when is the application for the July exam due?: 

January 15- March 30:  $580

April 1- April 30: $680 ($100 Late Fee) 

April 30: Close of filing for applications and supporting documentation

June 15: Deadline for evidence of graduation

Exam Details

What tests and types of questions are on the bar exam?: 

Arizona is a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) jurisdiction, meaning it administers the three tests produced by the National Conference of Bar Examiners--the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). For more details on the UBE, see 

Is it possible to take the written portions of the exam on a laptop computer?: 

Yes. All applicants who seek to take the exam on a laptop will be able to do so.

Are past exam questions and sample answers available?: 

Arizona uses only tests produced by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Information on those tests, including past versions, is available at

How is the exam scored?: 

50% MBE, 30% MEE, 20% MPT


What was the first-time taker pass rate for the most recent July bar exam? : 

2012: 83%; 2011: 76%

What was the overall pass rate for all takers of the most recent July bar exam?: 

2012: 78%; 2011: 70%


Can MBE scores be transferred from other jurisdictions?: 
No. The only transferable scores are those from a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) jurisdiction.
Can applicants already admitted in another state gain admission without taking the bar exam?: 

Those who passed the UBE in another UBE jurisdiction can be admitted without a years-of-practice requirement if sworn in within five years of UBE score release date. Otherwise, applicants must have practiced law for five of the last seven years and be admitted in a state with which Arizona has reciprocity.

The information for Arizona comes from the Supreme Court of Arizona's Certificate and Licensing Division--its website and its response to our survey. Selected information comes from the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements  and annual statistical report.