Arkansas Bar Exam (UBE) details

A typical Arkansas Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Arkansas Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners.

You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.

Day 1

  • Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM)

Day 2

  • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)

MBE

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

MEE

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Plus all MBE subjects

MPT

  • “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

MPRE

  • A scaled score of 85 is required for admission to the bar. Applicants may take the MPRE up to three years prior to the bar exam, but must take it within one year after passing the bar exam.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.

  • MBE weighted 50%
  • MEE weighted 30%
  • MPT weighted 20%

A total scaled score of 270 is required to pass.

Acceptance of MBE Score

Arkansas does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

Admission on Motion

An applicant may be admitted on motion if applicant has been primarily engaged in the active practice of law for five of the seven years immediately preceding the date of application, is a member in good standing, and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. For complete details contact the Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners.

Admission by UBE

Applicants who have earned a UBE score of 270 or higher in another jurisdiction may be eligible for admission by UBE score transfer. The passing score must have been attained on a UBE administered within 36 months prior to the date the application is submitted to the Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners.

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