Arkansas

IMPORTANT: Since jurisdiction rules and policies change, you are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction's bar admission agency directly for the most current information.

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The information provided on this page is drawn from the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. Links are provided to specific charts in the Guide; each chart is followed by jurisdiction-specific supplemental remarks. Please consult both the chart and its remarks for complete information. (Information last updated Sep 08, 2022.)

Bar Exam Eligibility, Deadlines, and Fees

  • ABA-Approved Law School J.D. Required: Yes
  • Foreign Law Graduate Eligibility: No
  • Bar Exam Application Filing Deadlines: See Chart 7
  • Bar Exam Application Fees: See Chart 7

UBE Adoption

  • UBE Adoption: Yes
  • UBE First Administration Date: February 2020
  • UBE Minimum Passing Score: 270
  • UBE Jurisdiction-Specific Component: No

Admission on Transferred UBE Score

  • Admission on Transferred UBE Score: Yes
  • Effective Date: October 2019
  • Minimum Score: 270
  • Maximum Score Age: 36 months
  • Jurisdiction-Specific Component: No
  • UBE Score Services

Arkansas Bar Exam Components

  • The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE): Yes
  • The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE): Yes
  • The Multistate Performance Test (MPT): Yes
  • Jurisdiction-Drafted Exam: No

MPRE Requirements

Character and Fitness Investigations

This jurisdiction does not use NCBE's character and fitness services; please contact Arkansas for filing instructions.

Admission on Motion

  • Admission on Motion: Yes See Chart 14 and Chart 15
  • Number of Years of Practice Required: 3 of past 5

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Bar Admission Agency
Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners

2100 Riverfront Dr., Ste. 110

Little Rock, AR 72202

Phone: (501) 374-1855

Fax: (501) 374-1853

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