This resource guide highlights important information and services for Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students as they prepare to take the bar examination in Arizona or elsewhere.
Arizona Bar Exam Information
Bar Exam Information for Other States and the Patent Bar
Multistate Bar Examinations
- The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE)
The NCBE is the non-profit corporation that develops and prepares the Multistate sections of bar examinations. The four multistate exams include the MBE, MPT, MPRE, and MEE. Their web site contains information on each test and study aids.
- MBE (Multistate Bar Examination)
The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is a six-hour, two-hundred question multiple-choice examination covering contracts, torts, constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, and real property.
- MEE (Multistate Essay Exam)
The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) is a collection of 30-minute essay questions and is administered by participating jurisdictions on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year. The MEE offers nine questions per examination, with most jurisdictions selecting six questions from the nine.
- MPT Multistate Performance Test
The MPT consists of two 90-minute skills questions covering legal analysis, fact analysis, problem solving, resolution of ethical dilemmas, organization and management of a lawyering task, and communication.
- MPRE Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a sixty question, two-hour and five minute, multiple-choice examination administered three times each year.
Commercial Bar Review Courses & Programs
Bar review courses, such as those listed below, offer preparation for the Bar Exam. Inclusion in this list is for informational purposes only and does not imply endorsement or recommendation.
Non-Commercial Resources Dedicated to Bar Exam Preparation
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Bar Prep Series
The Bar Prep Series was designed to help law students improve their performance on the Arizona Bar Exam. The series was organized by Professor Michael Berch of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in response to requests by third-year law students. Streaming video versions of each class are available as well as audio podcasts on iTunes University. The series looks at the past five years of bar exams and includes the following topics:
- Civil Procedure
- Constitutional Law/Arizona and Federal
- Community Property
- Corporations, Partnerships & Other Business Organizations
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure/Constitutional Aspects
- Professional Responsibility
- Real Property
- Studying for the Bar Exam
- Trusts & Wills
- Uniform Commercial Code
Law Library Study Skills Collection
The Law Library has a Study Skills Collection that has materials to help you study for the bar exam. A selection of materials includes the following:
The Study Skills Collection also includes the following series with separate volumes available in bar exam subject areas.
- Concepts and Insights
- Concise Hornbook Series
- Examples and Explanations
- Hornbook Series (West)
- Mastering Series (Carolina Academic Press)
- Understanding Series
Please use the ASU Libraries Catalog to search for specific bar exam materials. Ask a Librarian if you need assistance finding materials.
The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law subscribes to the CALI Library of Lessons tutorials. CALI tutorials, written by law faculty and librarians from American law schools, are reviewed and revised on a regular basis. The lessons are designed to help you become accustomed to taking multiple-choice examinations and provide feedback to your answers. To access the law school's subscription to CALI, please visit our Using CALI website. Many of the over 300 CALI tutorials cover bar subjects.
- Business Associations: Agency & Authority, Business Judgment Rule, Conflict of Interest, Partnership, Shares and Shareholders, Other Issues
- Civil Procedure
- Commercial Transactions
- Constitutional Law
- Contracts: Drafting, Formation, Performance and Breach, Remedies, Other Issues
- Criminal Law: Constitutional Limitations, Excuses, Federal Habeas Corpus, Mens Rea, Mistake, Other Issues
- Professional Responsibility
- Evidence: Hearsay, Other Issues
- Property Law: Adverse Possession, Landlord and Tenant, Rule Against Perpetuities, Covenants, Equitable Servitudes and Restrictions, Easements, Other Issues
- Torts: Damages, Defamation, Libel, Slander, Intent, Product Liability, Strict Liability, Other Issues
- Wills and Trusts
Bar Exam Humor
Please direct questions or comments to Leslie A. Pardo, Head of Access Services, Ross-Blakley Law Library, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.