The Arizona Bar Exam 2024
Structure, Topics, Dates, Cost, Scores, and Eligibility

The Arizona Bar Exam adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE®) format in July 2012. The exam is administered through the Admissions Unit of the Certification and Licensing Division of the Supreme Court of Arizona. It is divided into three sections—the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE®), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT®), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE®).

Bar candidates that may want to eventually practice law in another state benefit from score portability between the 41 jurisdictions that have adopted the UBE. This article provides everything you need regarding AZ Bar Exam results, dates, deadlines, fees, applications, and more.

Arizona Bar Exam Structure

The Uniform Bar Exam is administered over two days and consists of a writing section (MPT/MEE) and a multiple-choice section (MBE).

Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) structure and schedule.
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Arizona Bar Exam Dates, Requirements, and Scheduling

Avoid the $100 late fee by submitting your application before the first filing deadline, and be sure to review the important deadlines, dates, and fees below.

Exam Dates

2024 Application Deadlines:

Filing Periods February 27-28,
2024 Exam
July 30-31,
2024 Exam
Application Opens August 15, 2023 January 15, 2024
First Filing Deadline October 31, 2023 March 31, 2024
Final Filing Deadline November 30, 2023 April 30, 2024

Applicants who sat for the Arizona Bar Exam may reapply for the exam immediately following their original administration. Filing deadlines are shown below.

2023 Reapplication Deadlines:

Filing Periods February 27-28,
2024 Exam
July 30-31,
2024 Exam
Reapplication Opens 2nd Friday of October 2nd Friday of May
Timely Filing Deadline November 1, 2024 June 1, 2025
Late Filing Deadline November 30, 2024 June 30, 2025

Like other jurisdictions, The Arizona Supreme Court requires that bar applicants undergo a $300 character and fitness investigation. The investigation typically takes a minimum of four months, followed by an assessment by The Committee on Character and Fitness. There is no precise time for processing your application, but it must be completed before you can be admitted to the Arizona Bar.


To take the Arizona Bar Exam, you must have graduated with a Juris Doctorate (JD) from a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Candidates that have not earned a JD from an ABA-accredited law school must have been actively engaged in the practice of law in the US for three of the five years preceding the filing of an application for admission by examination.


Before you can file an application with the Arizona Bar Operations and Admissions, you must create an account on the Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Admissions website. To create an account, you must have a National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE®) number, which you can get by registering with the NCBE.

Prepare these required documents for your application:

  • Declaration
  • Authorization and Release
  • Code of Conduct

You must also produce evidence of your JD from an ABA-accredited law school in one of the following forms:

  • Photocopy of diploma showing name, date, and degree
  • Original verified transcript indicating date JD conferred, or
  • Original and currently dated letter of your law school attesting to date JD conferred

You'll also need a 2 x 2 (minimum) to 2.5 x 2.5 (maximum) passport-style photo of yourself with the last four digits of your social security number written on the back, a completed fingerprint card requested from the Committee on Character and Fitness, proof of citizenships, and a certificate of good standing if you've been admitted to practice law in another jurisdiction. All the original documents must be physically mailed to Arizona Bar Committee on Examination.

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Arizona Bar Exam Cost and Fees

Fees and costs associated with the Arizona Bar Exam vary depending on status and filing date. Below is a detailed and up-to-date list of exam-related fees.

Application Fees
Timely Filing $580
Late Filing $680
Other Application Fees
Character Report $300
Supplemental Character Report $125*
Admission by Motion $1800
UBE Score Transfer (General) $675
Late Fees
General Applicant (total) $885
Attorney Applicant (total) $920
Miscellaneous Fees
Printed Applications $20
Copy of Character Report $20
MBE Hand Scoring $25
Partial Refund of Fees $50
Laptop Use Fee $125
Foreign Legal Consultant Application Fee $525

Payment Policies

Applicants must submit fees with all required documents. Here are some important policies to note:

  • Fees will not be accepted after the late filing deadline
  • The Arizona Supreme Court does not waive fees for those with financial hardships
  • Laptop registration fees are paid to the software vendor, not the Supreme Court.

Exams are closed out, meaning that your payment for one exam cannot roll over to the next. However, you can withdraw a partial refund of $50 by submitting a signed, physical letter by April 30 or November 30 for the July or February exam, respectively.

Cost-Saving Options

Sitting for the Arizona Bar Exam is not cheap, and Arizona does not offer help for those enduring financial hardship. However, there are financial aid and scholarship options available.

  • James E. Rogers College of Law — Offers financial aid and scholarships based on merit and performance. If you're a University of Arizona student, you can try out Scholarship Universe, a scholarship matching tool.
  • Native American Bar Association of Arizona — Offers the "Seven Generations Scholarship" to students recognized by any Native community as being Native American.

Additionally, The James E. Roger College of Law hosts a helpful list of Law College Association Scholarships and Student Award Funds.

Arizona Bar Exam Subjects and Topics

The AZ bar exam tests an examinee's ability to analyze and reason alongside their knowledge and understanding of fundamental legal principles. Furthermore, since Arizona has adopted the UBE, a successful exam score represents one's competency and readiness to practice law in the 40 other participating jurisdictions.


The MBE is administered in two 3-hour sessions on Wednesday (Day 2) of the bar exam. It is scored on a 200-point scale and presents candidates with 200 multiple-choice questions. Remember there are 25 unscored pilot questions for future exams, the remaining 175 questions are divided evenly among the following seven MBE subjects:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts


The MEE consists of six essay questions. Each question involves one or more of the subjects listed below. Some subjects may be paired together. Other subjects could be omitted. While it's impossible to know which subjects the NCBE will choose on any given exam version, some have been tested more frequently than others historically.

For example, Civil Procedure has appeared on nearly every MEE in the past decade, while Criminal Law has only appeared several times. However, subjects that occur less frequently on their own may be paired with others.

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates

Check out our MEE Subject Matter Outline for detailed explanations of MEE subjects and sub-topics.

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The Multistate Performance Test consists of closed-universe practical questions with instructions, factual data, cases, statutes, and other reference material supplied by examiners. Candidates will answer two cases presenting simulated real-life scenarios to demonstrate their lawyering skills, using only the materials provided by the bar examiners. Each case is assessed on a 6-point scale, with a 6 being the highest possible score and a 0 the lowest possible score.

Arizona Bar Exam Scoring/Grading

To be admitted into the Arizona Bar, applicants must pass the UBE with a minimum scaled score of 270 out of 400. Exam weightage is divided between the three sections as follows:

The MEE and MPT are combined into half the weightage of the test and graded as such. Therefore, the writing section (MEE/MPT) and the multiple-choice section (MBE) each comprise 50%, or 200 points, of your total scaled score. If you do poorly on one section of the exam, you can make up for it on the other, as long as these scores combine to a sum of 273 or more.

Note that getting 136.5 of 200 MPT questions correct does not necessarily mean you've earned 136.5 scaled points. Scaled scoring is employed to ensure fairness across exam versions. This scoring model is true for all three sections of the bar exam.

For example, July's exam may be more difficult than February's. It would be unfair to allow someone to pass or fail based on the relative difficulty of their exam version. Therefore, examinees' raw scores are transformed into scaled scores through a statistical method called equating. Unfortunately, the NCBE does not release data on the calculations it uses to determine scaled scores.

Arizona MPRE Minimum Passing Score

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE®) features 60 multiple-choice questions administered over two hours. You must also pass the MPRE with a minimum score of 85 before you can practice law in Arizona.

Arizona Bar Exam Results and Pass Rates

As is typical with bar exams across the country, the Arizona Bar Exam's repeater pass rate is markedly lower than the first-timer pass rate. This phenomenon is likely because many examinees who failed the first time haven't changed their study habits significantly.

Exam Overall
Pass Rate
Pass Rate
Pass Rate
Release Date
July 2023 68% 78% 31% October 26
Feb. 2023 41% 60% 12% May 12

Below are the annual pass rates for the Arizona Bar Exam since 2017 divided into first-time examinees and repeaters:

Arizona Bar Exam Results

Results are released on the 2nd Friday in May and October for the February and July exams, respectively.

Arizona Bar Exam Reciprocity

It is possible to be admitted to the Arizona Bar without sitting for the Arizona Bar Exam: apply for admission on motion or transfer your UBE score. This process is much easier if you are transferring from a jurisdiction that has reciprocity with Arizona. Arizona has reciprocity with the following jurisdictions:

Alaska Michigan Oklahoma
Colorado Minnesota Oregon
District of Columbia Mississippi Pennsylvania
Georgia Missouri South Dakota
Idaho Montana Tennessee
Illinois Nebraska Texas
Indiana New Hampshire Utah
Iowa New Jersey Vermont
Kansas New Mexico Virginia
Kentucky New York Washington
Maine North Carolina Wisconsin
Massachusetts North Dakota Wyoming
Maryland Ohio

Admission on motion

Admission on motion is a process through which attorneys in one US jurisdiction can secure admission to the bar of another jurisdiction without having to take that jurisdiction's exam. Arizona requires that candidates for admission on motion meet the following requirements:

  • Earned a JD from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Engaged in the "active practice" of law for three of the five years preceding application
  • Deemed to be of moral fitness
  • Earned, or will earn, 85 or higher on the MPRE
  • Admitted by examination to a reciprocal jurisdiction

Candidates who were admitted to the bar in a non-reciprocal jurisdiction can apply for admission on motion if they meet the criteria for "active practice."

UBE transfer

Arizona recognizes UBE scores from participating jurisdictions. However, the minimum passing score for the Arizona Bar Exam is relatively high. To qualify for UBE score transfer, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Earned a JD from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Passed the UBE in a participating jurisdiction
  • Achieve a UBE score of 273 or higher

UBE transfer applicants still must undergo a background investigation and complete the Course on Arizona Law before they are admitted to practice law in the state.

What Makes the Arizona Bar Exam Unique?

The Arizona Bar exam has a relatively high minimum passing score of 273. Furthermore, The Arizona Supreme Court requires candidates to take the Arizona Law Course, which highlights Arizona-specific laws, especially those regarding:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Torts
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Constitutional Law

The course contains six hours of video along with supplemental materials and “knowledge checks”. You can register for the course with the Arizona Judicial Branch.

Arizona Bar Exam for Foreigners

Individuals who have graduated from a foreign law school or have obtained an LL.M. or other graduate law degree from an ABA-accredited law school cannot sit for the Arizona Bar Exam on that basis alone. However, they can be issued a certificate of registration as a foreign legal consulate if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have Been admitted to practice and have been in good standing for five years preceding the application date
  • Have actively practiced law for three of the five years preceding the application date
  • Possess good moral character
  • Intend to practice law and maintain an office in Arizona
  • Possess documented proof that you have complied with US immigration law

To sit for the Arizona Bar Exam, foreigners can earn a JD if they are attending a non-US law school approved by the government or accrediting authority in the nation of the law school.

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Contact Details of the Arizona State Bar

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Arizona Bar Exam FAQs

No, to take the bar exam in Arizona, you must have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school with a JD. See our section on requirements for details.
The AZ Bar Exam lasts two days, with the MEE and MPT lasting 3 hours each on day one, and the MBE lasting 6 hours on day two.
Time filing application deadlines for the 2024 AZ February and July exams are October 31, 2023, and March 31, 2024, respectively. The timely filing application fee is $580, but increases by $100 if you file late.
The Arizona Bar Exam uses the UBE format, therefore the actual material is as hard as any of the 40 other UBE jurisdictions. However, Arizona has a relatively high minimum passing score of 273.
It takes approximately 400 hours to study for the AZ Bar Exam. Most students begin studying 8-10 weeks out. However, beginning sooner can increase retention and decrease burnout, so we recommend starting as early as 4-6 months out, if possible.
The minimum passing UBE score for Arizona is 273.
You can take the Arizona bar exam three times. However, you can request special permission to take the exam more than three times, and it is generally granted.
You must pay the application fee ($580) again to take the Arizona Bar Exam.
Yes, Arizona offers reciprocity with these jurisdictions.
Arizona does not allow you to transfer your MBE from another jurisdiction.
Transferring your Arizona UBE score to another jurisdiction is typically allowed if that jurisdiction has reciprocity with Arizona and has adopted the UBE.
The time limit for accepting a transferred UBE score in Arizona is five years prior to taking oath in Arizona.
No, you cannot practice law in Arizona without a law degree.
You can apply for admission on motion if you have been engaged in the active practice of law or are transferring a UBE score from other jurisdictions. For details, see our section on reciprocity.
Foreign candidates cannot sit for the Arizona Bar Exam unless they earn a JD from an approved program. See our section on the Arizona Bar Exam for foreigners for more information.
To become a licensed attorney in Arizona, you must go to an ABA-accredited law school and earn a JD, pass the bar exam and the MPRE, be of good moral character, and the Arizona Law Course.
To request special accommodations for the Arizona Bar Exam, you must prepare required materials and submit all required forms before the filing deadline for your desired exam administration.
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