Admission by Bar Examination
Note: The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) will be administered effective with the July 2014 Bar Exam.
The application forms for Admission by Bar Exam are available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader to open, fill in, and print the documents. (Get Adobe Reader.)
1. Application for Admission by Bar Exam / Reapplication form.
2. Character and Fitness/Reference Forms: submit one for each listing in Questions 8 & 9 of application.
3. Authorization & Release form
4. Two 2” by 2” photographs (passport-size photos)
5. Fingerprint card (instructions)
6. Application fee of $800, plus any appropriate late fees; or $500 reapplicant fee.
Request the following to be sent directly to the Alaska Bar Association:
1. Certificate of graduation from law school: the certificate must contain your name, the name of the law school, graduation date, degree received and the school’s seal.
2. MPRE score of 80 or higher from NCBE.
1. Special Testing Accommodations Request form. See policy.
2. ExamSoft registration form to use laptop computer (Anchorage only). See more information.
3. Applicants with a military history must submit a Standard Form 180.
4. Resident aliens must submit appropriate documentation to verify their status with the Immigration & Naturalization Service.
Scope of Exam
What are the Components of the Alaska Bar Exam?
Alaska administers the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The UBE is a two day examination, consisting of a one-day written component and a one-day Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) component. The total time allotted to each component is six hours.
The Written Component. The written component is administered on the first day. It consists of six essay questions from the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) in the morning and two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the afternoon.
Applicants will have three hours to answer the six essay questions. The essay questions are taken from the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), which is prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The MEE questions are taken from the following twelve subject areas:
- Business Associations (Agency and Partnerships; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
- Contracts and Sales (UCC Article 2)
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Uniform Commercial Code (Negotiable instruments– UCC Articles 3 and 4, Secured Transactions – UCC Article 9)
- Wills, Trusts and Decedents’ Estates
For more information regarding the composition of the MEE, please visit the NCBE Website at: www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mee/
Applicants are expected to answer all essay questions by applying fundamental legal principles.
The MEE is weighted at 30% of an applicant’s total score.
Applicants will have three hours to answer the two MPT questions.
The MPT examines six fundamental lawyering skills that are required for the performance of many lawyering tasks. These skills are problem-solving, factual analysis, legal analysis, reasoning, written communication, organization and management of a legal task, and recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas.
The MPT is weighted at 20% of an applicant’s total score.
The Multistate Bar Examination Component. The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is a national test prepared by the NCBE and is given on the second day. The test consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. The MBE is divided into a 3-hour morning session and a 3-hour afternoon session. The following subjects are tested: Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, Torts, and Constitutional Law.
The MBE is weighted at 50% of an applicant’s total score.
Alaska does not accept MBE scores from previous examinations for the purpose of waiving the MBE portion of the examination. For more information on the MBE visit the NCBE website at www.ncbex.org.
How is the Alaska Bar Exam Scored?
The raw scores from the written portion and the MBE portion of the exam are converted to a scaled score. The maximum possible scaled score on each component of the test is 200 points. The MBE scaled score and the essay scaled score are added together. An Applicant must receive a total combined scaled score of 280 or above to pass the Alaska Bar Exam.
Anonymity - Throughout the grading process, examination books and answer sheets are designated only by code number and the identity of the applicant is unknown to the graders. Consequently, only the answers to the questions on the examination have any bearing upon an applicant’s success or failure on the exam.
Announcement of Exam Results - Results of the examination are generally announced by the Board of Governors approximately 90 days after the examination. All applicants are notified of the results by e-mail the day the results are released, and by U.S. mail. After that, the list of passing applicants will be posted on the website.
Additional Requirements for Admission to the Alaska Bar Association
1. MPRE score of 80 or higher at an exam taken not more than eight years prior to your application for admission
2. Mandatory Ethics course
3. Alaska Bar Rule 64 affidavit
All applicants are responsible for reading the Alaska Bar Rules 1 – 5 governing admission which can be found on the Alaska Court System website.
1. Applicants must provide full names, exact dates and current complete mailing addresses, including zip codes.
2. Employment references: list dates of employment, supervisor, and nature of employment.
3. For questions on criminal proceedings, applicants must provide information as to where the records can be located, including name and address of office, offense, offense date, disposition and case number.
4. The application must be typed, signed and notarized.
5. You must update your application if anything occurs after submission that would change or alter any of your answers.
6. You must notify the Alaska Bar of any address or name changes.
Requirements for Admission to Practice - Alaska Bar Rule 5(a):
- Passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) with a scaled score of 80 or higher at an exam taken not more than eight years prior to your application for admission;
- Attend a course on attorney ethics as prescribed by the Board. Applicants will be notified when group viewings of the mandatory ethics course DVD are scheduled at the Bar office in Anchorage. Contact the Bar office if you cannot attend a group viewing.
- File an affidavit of review with the Alaska Bar Association that he or she has read and is familiar with the Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct (ARPC) in accordance with Alaska Bar Rule 64;
- Be found by the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar to meet the standard of character and fitness as required by Alaska Bar Rule 2(1)(d);
- Pay pro-rated active membership fees for that portion of the calendar year remaining at time of admission;
- Complete the registration paperwork; and
- Swear to the Oath of Attorney prescribed in Section 3 of Alaska Bar Rule 5.
Once eligible for admission, an attorney applicant must be sworn in within sixty (60) days or be deemed to have abandoned his or her application.
P.O. Box 100279
Anchorage, AK 99510-0279
840 K Street, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 272-7469
Fax: (907) 272-2932