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State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Arizona

Bar Information

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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 http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/ube/ 

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 www.ncbex.org.

How is the exam scored?: 

50% MBE, 30% MEE, 20% MPT

Statistics

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%

Reciprocity

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.

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