Arkansas Bar Exam Information

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Arkansas Bar Exam Format


The Arkansas Bar Exam is administered over two days.

Day 1

The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the Arkansas bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”) and the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”). You will have three hours to answer two MPT questions. You will have three hours to answer the six MEE questions.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the Arkansas bar exam. The MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. The MBE is split into a morning and afternoon session. Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.

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Exam Dates

  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021

Arkansas Bar Admissions

Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners
2100 Riverfront Dr., Suite 110
Little Rock, AR 72202

Arkansas MPRE Score Requirement

Arkansas requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 85 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in Arkansas.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the Arkansas bar exam, you must score at least 270. This equates to 135, based on the MBE’s 200-point scale. The scores of the exam sections are weighted as follows: MPT 20%, MEE 30%, and MBE 50%. Arkansas makes bar exam results available approximately five weeks after the exam.


Under certain circumstances, Arkansas permits admission by motion based on reciprocity. Arkansas limits such admission to attorneys from reciprocal jurisdictions that fulfill all applicable requirements.

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Arkansas Bar Exam Subjects

Arkansas Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts, Wills, and Estates
  • UCC Article 2 – Secured Transactions
  • All MBE Subjects

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Torts
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Arkansas Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201870%8%55%
February 201869%33%50%
July 201778%31%68%
February 201776%37%54%
July 201672%26%61%
February 201664%35%51%
July 201576%11%65%
February 201580%48%63%
July 201473%15%63%
February 201481%38%63%

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