Alaska Bar Exam – Admission, Eligibility, Fee, Due Date, Process

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Alaska Bar Association Registration

All persons who wish to file an application for admission by bar exam, reciprocity or UBE score transfer with the Alaska Bar Association must first create a personal Alaska Bar Association Registration account.

Information on waivers for legal interns, the 10 month rule, pro hac vice, ALSC and military may be found on the Waivers page. Registration is not required except for those applying for a military spouse waiver.

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Payment of Admission Fees

Payment of Alaska bar admission fees can be made by credit card or via PayPal.

Application Checklist

All applicants: you must review the application checklist and submit all required items to complete your application. All applicants are subject to a determination of character and fitness.

Your application will not be processed until all required items are received.

Alaska Bar exam applicants: you must submit all required items before exam permits are sent out, or your application to take the bar exam will be denied. Permits are sent out several weeks before the bar exam.

Alaska Bar Exam Application Forms

Bar Exam Instructions and ChecklistBrowse Form | Print Form
Admission ApplicationBrowse Form | Print Form
Re-Application Instructions and ChecklistBrowse Form | Print Form
Re-Application Bar ExamBrowse Form | Print Form
Authorization and ReleaseView PDF
Laptop Registration FormView PDF
Photos Submission FormView PDF
Non-Standard Testing Accommodations Request FormsView PDF

Alaska Bar Exam Admission

There are three types of admission available in Alaska for bar exam.

  • Admission by Exam
  • Admission by UBE Score Transfer
  • Admission by Reciprocity

Admission by Exam

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be graduates of an ABA accredited law school unless qualifying under Bar Rule 2, section 3. All applicants are subject to a determination of character and fitness.

You must respond completely and provide all relevant details and documents for each and every question on the application. If the question asks you to provide names, dates, numbers, details, or documents, you must provide them. If no response is given or insufficient information is provided in response to any question, your application may be delayed or denied.

You must update your application if anything occurs after submission that would change or alter any of your answers to the questions on the application. Your application must be kept current to the date of admission.

You must submit all required items before exam permits are sent out, or your application to take the bar exam will be denied. Permits are sent out several weeks before the bar exam.

Application Checklist

  1. Application / or Reapplication for Admission by Bar Exam
  2. Authorization & Release form (must be notarized)
  3. Two 2” by 2” photographs (passport-size photos)
  4. Fingerprint card (instructions)
  5. 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 of Graduation is an original letter, on school letterhead, verifying your degree and the date received. If the school uses a seal, it will also include the school seal. Most law schools are familiar with this document, but if they have questions, please have them contact our office and ask for admissions.
  2. MPRE score. The score can be submitted anytime prior to admission.
  3. Certificate of good standing from each State Bar to which you are admitted; must have been issued within the previous three months.
  4. Discipline history from each State Bar to which you are admitted.

Optional items

  1. Special Testing Accommodations Request form. Deadline: December 1 or May 1
  2. ExamSoft registration form to use laptop computer.
  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.

Alaska Bar Exam Fee

  • For Fresh Applicants – $800
  • For Reapplicants – $500

Alaska Bar Exam Dates

Alaska Bar Exam schedule: Alaska bar exam will be conducted on February 22 & 23, 2022 for February Bar Exam and July 26 & 27, 2022 for July Bar Exam.

  • February Bar Exam – February 22 & 23, 2022
  • July Bar Exam – July 26 & 27, 2022

Application Deadlines

  • For Feb 2022 Bar Exam – December 1, 2021
  • For July 2022 Bar Exam – May 31, 2021

Withdrawals and Refunds

February Bar Exam

  • Withdrawal through January 15, 2022: Full exam fee refund
  • Withdrawal from January 16 through February 2, 2022:
    Withhold $50 cancellation fee
  • Withdrawal after February 2, 2022: No Refund

July Bar Exam

  • Withdrawal through June 15, 2022: Full exam fee refund
  • Withdrawal from June 15 through July 6, 2022:
    Withhold $50 cancellation fee
  • Withdrawal after July 6, 2022: No Refund

Locations

Exams are administered in Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks.

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 – MEE & MPT

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.

Essays

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)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales (including article 2 [Sales] of the Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions – UCC Article 9)

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.
  • For the MEE’s scope of coverage, see the MEE Subject Matter Outline.
  • For more information on the MEE, please visit the NCBE Website.

MPT

Applicants will have three hours to answer the two MPT questions.

The MPT examines 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.

For more information on the MPT, please visit the NCBE website.

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, Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure. 

Alaska does not accept MBE scores from previous examinations for the purpose of waiving the MBE portion of the examination.

The MBE is weighted at 50% of an applicant’s total score.

For more information on the MBE, please visit the NCBE website.

How is the Alaska Bar Exam Scored?

There are two components, the MBE and the written portion (which consists of the MEE and the MPT.)  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. 

Exam Results

Alaska bar exam results 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.

Admission by UBE Score Transfer

The Alaska Bar Association will accept UBE score transfers. An applicant for admission may transfer a UBE score if the applicant has:

  • Achieved a scaled score of 280 or above
  • Taken the UBE exam in another jurisdiction within five years prior to the date of application to the Alaska Bar Association
  • Met the requirements of Alaska Bar Rule 2, Section 1.

Please contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) to request that an official transcript be sent directly to the Alaska Bar Association.

Here is a link to jurisdictions that have adopted the UBE.

If you took the UBE in Alaska and would like to transfer your UBE score to another jurisdiction, contact the NCBE.

All applicants are subject to a determination of character and fitness. This can take at least 3-4 months, depending on each individual application. There is no way for us to expedite this process as we treat all applications with priority. Once the character investigation is complete, your application will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting.

You must respond completely and provide all relevant details and documents for each and every question on the application. If the question asks you to provide names, dates, numbers, details, or documents, you must provide them. If no response is given or insufficient information is provided in response to any question, your application may be delayed or denied.

You must update your application if anything occurs after submission that would change or alter any of your answers to the questions on the application. Your application must be kept current to the date of admission.

Electronic Signatures and Notarizations: Declaration under penalty of perjury will be accepted for documents that require a notary. Electronic signatures will also be accepted.

Application Checklist

1. Application for Admission by UBE Score Transfer.

3. Authorization & Release form

4. Two 2” by 2” photographs (passport-size photos)

5. Fingerprint card (instructions)

6. Application fee of $800

Request the following to be sent directly to the Alaska Bar Association:

1. UBE Official Score Transcript from NCBE

2. Certificate of graduation from law school: The Certificate of Graduation is an original letter, on school letterhead, verifying your degree and the date received. If the school uses a seal, it will also include the school seal. Most law schools are familiar with this document, but if they have questions, please have them contact our office and ask for admissions.

3. MPRE score

4. Certificate of good standing from each State Bar to which you are admitted; must have been issued within the previous three months.

5. Discipline history from each State Bar to which you are admitted; must have been issued within the previous three months.

Withdrawals and Refunds: An administrative fee of $175 will be withheld if the application is denied on the basis of character, or if the applicant withdraws the application after the character investigation is commenced.

An administrative fee of $50 will be withheld if the application is denied because the applicant fails to demonstrate eligibility for admission via UBE score transfer, or if the applicant withdraws the application before the character investigation is commenced.

Admission by Reciprocity

To be eligible for admission without examination in Alaska (commonly called reciprocity), the applicant must have taken and passed a written bar exam in a reciprocal state, territory, or D.C. and have engaged in the active practice of law in one or more states, territories, or D.C. for five of the seven years immediately preceding the date of application. The applicant must also have passed the MPRE and meet other admission requirements.

All applicants are subject to a determination of character and fitness. This can take at least 3-4 months, depending on each individual application. There is no way for us to expedite this process as we treat all applications with priority. Once the character investigation is complete, your application will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting.

You must respond completely and provide all relevant details and documents for each and every question on the application. If the question asks you to provide names, dates, numbers, details, or documents, you must provide them. If no response is given or insufficient information is provided in response to any question, your application may be delayed or denied.

You must update your application if anything occurs after submission that would change or alter any of your answers to the questions on the application. Your application must be kept current to the date of admission.

For details, please see:

Alaska Bar Rule 2, Section 2 (Section 2 outlines eligibility requirements for reciprocity applicants)

Reciprocal Jurisdictions (Current list of states that provide for admission without examination)

Electronic Signatures and Notarizations: Declaration under penalty of perjury will be accepted for documents that require a notary. Electronic signatures will also be accepted.

Application Checklist

1. Application for admission by reciprocity.

2. Authorization & Release form (must be notarized)

3. Two 2” by 2” photographs (passport-size photos)

4. Fingerprint card (instructions)

5. Application fee of $1500

Request the following to be sent directly to the Alaska Bar Association:

1. Certificate of graduation from law school: The Certificate of Graduation is an original letter, on school letterhead, verifying your degree and the date received. If the school uses a seal, it will also include the school seal. Most law schools are familiar with this document, but if they have questions, please have them contact our office and ask for admissions.

2. Certificate of Good Standing from each state or D.C., to which you have been admitted; must have been issued within the previous three months. At least one of the reciprocal jurisdictions must certify that you passed the written bar exam required by that jurisdiction prior to admission.

3. Discipline history from each State Bar to which you are admitted; must have been issued within the previous three months.

4. At least three affidavits from employers, clients, associates or other attorneys or judges, which will establish that the applicant has engaged in the active practice of law for five of the seven years immediately preceding the date of application for admission to the Alaska Bar (see the definition of “active practice” in Alaska Bar Rule 2, Section 2(c). The affidavits must be notarized.

Note: The affidavits are a distinct form, and are in addition to, the employment and personal references in the application.

5. MPRE score of 80 or higher from NCBE at an exam taken not more than eight years prior to your application for admission.

Withdrawals and Refunds: An administrative fee of $175 will be withheld if the application is denied on the basis of character, or if the applicant withdraws the application after the character investigation is commenced.

An administrative fee of $50 will be withheld if the application is denied because the applicant fails to demonstrate eligibility for admission via reciprocity, or if the applicant withdraws the application before the character investigation is commenced.

Do I need to pay separately for the application fee and the Examsoft fee?

You may pay these fees together.

Do I have to submit all the items on the Admission by Bar Exam Instructions and Checklist if I’m going to transfer my UBE score?

Yes. All applicants are required to submit all listed materials on the Admission by Bar Exam Instructions and Checklist even if they plan on transferring their score following the release of the Bar exam results. An incomplete application (i.e. missing required items) will not be processed, and that applicant’s Bar exam results will not be released until all the required items have been submitted by the applicant.

How long will Alaska accept an MPRE score?

Alaska will accept MPRE scores taken not more than 8 years prior to the applicant’s Alaska application for admission. Please contact us if you have questions about this.

How do I indicate a period of unemployment?

Type “Unemployed” in the Employer Name field, type “n/a” in the Address 1, City, Phone, and Your Occupation/Position fields, select the State or Province and Country in which you were living when unemployed, enter the zip code and the period you were unemployed in the From Mo/Yr and To Mo/Yr.

If I am re-applying, what information do I need to include supplementary to the reapplication?

You need to submit an new Authorization and Release Form and new photos.

what score do you need to pass the Alaska bar exam?

An applicant must receive a total combined scaled score of 280 or above to pass the Alaska Bar Exam.

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