The Arizona Bar Exam 2023
Arizona Bar Exam Dates, Requirements, and Scheduling
Promptly submitting your application for the Arizona Bar Exam helps reduce stress and saves money. 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.
Examinees can begin filing their applications for the Arizona State Bar exam from August 15, 2022, and January 15, 2023, for the 2023 February and July exams, respectively. An additional fee of $100 is levied for applications submitted within the late filing period.
2023 Application Deadlines:
|Filing Periods||February Exam||July Exam|
|Application Opens||August 15, 2022||January 15, 2023|
|First Filing Deadline||October 31, 2022||March 31, 2023|
|Final Filing Deadline||November 20, 2022||April 30, 2023|
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 Exam||July Exam|
|Reapplication Opens||October 14, 2022||May 12, 2023|
|Timely Filing Deadline||November 1, 2022||June 1, 2023|
|Late Filing Deadline||November 30, 2022||June 30, 2023|
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:
You must also produce evidence of your JD from an ABA-accredited law school in one of the following forms:
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.
Exclusive access to dozens of practice questions from recent bar exams.
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
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Family Law
- Real Property
- Secured Transactions
- 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 273 out of 400. Exam weightage is divided between the three sections as follows:
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.
|July 2022||62%||74%||17%||October 24|
|Feb. 2022||45%||58%||31%||May 13|
Below are the annual pass rates for the Arizona Bar Exam since 2017 divided into first-time examinees and repeaters: