State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Alaska

Bar Information


Key Dates

When is the Bar Exam: 

The last Tue, Wed, and Thu of February and July

By when is the application for the July exam due?: 

To avoid late fee, May 1 ($800)

(Applications with appropriate late fee accepted until middle of June. Consult Alaska Bar Association website for precise deadlines)

Exam Details

What tests and types of questions are on the bar exam?: 

Written: Nine essay questions written by the Law Examiners Committee of the Alaska Bar Association; two performance tests from the Multistate Performance Test

Multiple-choice: The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

Is it possible to take the written portions of the exam on a laptop computer?: 

Yes, but only at Anchorage location. All applicants who request to take the exam on a laptop will be able to do so.

Are past exam questions and sample answers available?: 

Yes--on the state bar website.

How is the exam scored?: 

The written portions (Alaska essay questions, 37.5%, and two performance tests, 12.5%, together) and the MBE are weighted equally, each at 50%.


What was the first-time taker pass rate for the most recent July bar exam? : 

2012: 78%; 2011: 62%

What was the overall pass rate for all takers of the most recent July bar exam?: 

2012: 69%; 2011: 53%


Can MBE scores be transferred from other jurisdictions?: 


Can applicants already admitted in another state gain admission without taking the bar exam?: 

Yes, but only if the applicant  has practiced law for five of the last seven years and Alaska has reciprocity with the state at issue. Please consult  the jurisdiction directly for more detailed  information on admission by motion.


The applicant must also have passed the MPRE

The information for Alaska comes from the Alaska Law Examiners Committee's website and response to our survey, as well as the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements  and annual statistical report.