Board of Law Examiners
120 Justice Building
625 Marshall Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Arkansas Bar Exam Format
The Arkansas Bar Exam is a three-day exam. Day 1 consists of three Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions, one Arkansas essay question, and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) problems. Day 2 is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam. Day 3 consists of four essay questions drafted by the Arkansas examiners. Essay questions are designed to be answered in 45 minutes.
Multistate Edge prepares you for the MBE portion of the Arkansas Bar Exam.
Arkansas Bar Exam Subjects: Arkansas/MEE Subjects (MBE Subjects are in bold)
Agency, Arkansas Conflict of Laws, Commercial Paper, Corporations, Equity, Domestic Relations (Family Law), Federal Civil Procedure, Partnerships, Secured Transactions, Wills, Estates & Trusts, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts (Arkansas law also tests Criminal Law and Procedure, Real Property, and Torts)
A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE is required for admission as a prerequisite to being admitted to the Arkansas Bar.
Arkansas Bar Exam Scoring and Results
The written portion is scaled to the MBE to determine if the applicant has achieved a minimum passing score of 405 or higher. Results are released about four weeks after the exam.
Arkansas Bar Exam MBE Reciprocity
Arkansas accepts an MBE scaled score of 135 or higher from a concurrent or immediately succeeding exam.
Arkansas Bar Exam Reciprocity
In order to be eligible for admission without taking the Arkansas Bar Exam, the applicant must be a member in good standing of a reciprocating state bar and have engaged in the active practice of law for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application. The applicant must also be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school.
Arkansas Bar Exam Application Deadlines and Fees
Please visit the Board of Law Examiners’ website for details on application deadlines and fees, and for more information on other topics.
*Bar exam information is subject to change without notice; please verify with the bar examiner’s office.