Application Information: Arizona
To begin your application to the Arizona Bar, go to azbaradmissions.org. Under "Bar Examination," click "Apply."
Before you start the process, you may want to review this helpful PowerPoint put together by 2023 grad and Bar and Academic Success Fellow Gloria Farrisi: Walkthrough of the Bar Exam Application. Additional sample tools are available from the Supreme Court including this Sample Application pdf and their interactive tool, which allows you to browse the form.
To get started with the process, you will first need to create an NCBE account and obtain an NCBE number at https://www.ncbex.org/account-information.
In addition to providing information about yourself and your bar plans, you will need to supply supporting documents and information - such as a passport-style photo and a set of fingerprints - as well as your notarized signature on your applicant declaration. You will also have the opportunity to request test accommodations (see below) and indicate your interest in using a laptop for the written portions of the test.
Other requirements -
The requirements for your photo can be found on the Supreme Court's FAQ page. Briefly, it needs to be square, full-color, head on face shot with a neutral expression, taken in front of a white background. While you can take the photo yourself, many applicants choose to get a passport photo done from a provider such as Walgreens or CVS.
Fingerprinting can be done through local law enforcement agencies. Please see our section on Fingerprinting. Obtain a fingerprint card from the Arizona Supreme Court; do not use the standard card that the fingerprinting agency supplies.
The law school has a couple of Notary Publics on staff. Please check with the Bar and Academic Success Office for more information. Also, please note that most banks and credit unions provide free Notary service.
To gain admissions to the bar in Arizona via testing, you must earn a J.D. (or an Advanced J.D. - AJD). Typically, students take the bar exam in the July after graduation; some students take the test in the February prior to graduating. In either case, there is a process by which students show proof of their J.D. as art of their application process.
The L.L.M. alone (without a J.D.) is not sufficient for bar exam testing in Arizona. There are some jurisdictions that allow L.L.M. graduates to gain admission via bar exam.
If you wish to apply for admission in another jurisdiction, you can use the NCBE's map tool, to click on the state of interest and learn more about its bar admissions.
See this chart on the NCBE website for a breakdown of jurisdictions' policies related to allowing foreign-educated lawyers to sit for the bar exam and gain admissions.
Fees & Deadlines
|EXAM||ARIZONA UBE EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES||FEE|
|February||August 15 - October 31. No applications accepted prior to August 15.||$580|
|November 1 - November 30. Includes $100 late fee.||$680|
|November 30. Close of Filing for applications and supporting documentation, including accommodation requests.|
|February 1. Deadline for evidence of graduation for graduates of law school in previous semester only.|
|EXAM||ARIZONA UBE EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES||FEE|
|July||January 15 - March 30. No applications accepted prior to January 15.||$580|
|April 1 - April 30. Includes $100 late fee.||$680|
|April 30. Close of Filing for applications and supporting documentation, including accommodation requests.|
|June 15. Deadline for evidence of graduation for graduates of law school in previous semester only.|
|Character Report (Fee not applicable to UBE Transfer or AOM applicants)||$300|
|Supplemental if previous character report processed within last three years by Arizona.||$125|
|ADMINISTRATIVE FEE FOR ADMISSION||FEE|
|The Administrative Fee includes statutory or court established administrative admission fees including the taking of the online version of the Course on Arizona Law, Dues for State Bar membership are assessed separately. (Fee not applicable to UBE Transfer or AOM applicants).||$160|
|Additional fee for in-person attendance at Course on Arizona Law (fee not applicable to applicants who choose and attend the on-line version)||$200|
Rule related to Supporting Materials
Rule 34(d) is the one that details the supporting documentation required. Its reads as follows:
(d) Documents Required in Support of Application. The following must accompany every application:
1. subject to the exception made in paragraph (b)(1)(D) of this rule, the applicant's law school diploma, or other evidence satisfactory to the Committee on Character and Fitness showing the applicant is a graduate with a juris doctor degree from a law school provisionally or fully approved by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation;
2. if the applicant has been previously admitted to practice law in any jurisdiction, foreign or domestic, the certificate of the appropriate court agency(ies) or the mandatory bar association, whichever has custody of the roll of attorneys in such jurisdiction, indicating the date of admission and that the applicant is presently in good standing, or that the applicant resigned in good standing or is capable of achieving good standing status in that jurisdiction;
5. a full face photograph of the applicant's head, neck and shoulders, without a hat, and not larger than two and one-half (2.5) inches by two and one half (2.5) inches nor smaller than two (2) inches by two (2) inches taken within six months prior to filing with the Committee on Character and Fitness; and
6. a complete set of the applicant's fingerprints. The Committee on Character and Fitness is authorized to receive criminal history information regarding any applicant for admission from any law enforcement agency in conjunction with the admissions process.
Course on Arizona Law
Completion of Course on Arizona Law. Before being admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, Arizona uniform bar examination applicants, applicants for admission by transfer of uniform bar examination score, and applicants for admission upon motion must complete a course on Arizona law, the content and delivery of which shall be approved by the Supreme Court. Rule 34 (j)
The course does NOT need to be completed prior to taking the bar examination, only prior to admission.
Register for the course on the Arizona Supreme Court website.
The course covers Arizona-specific law in such areas as Civil Procedure, Torts, Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Family, Real Property, Professional Responsibilty, and Constitutional Law. It lasts approximately six hours and is delivered via video instruction modules.
You must complete the entire course (in the proscribed order) which includes knowledge checks during the test and a Course Evaluation at the completion.
Course on Professionalism
Once you have been admitted, you will be required to take a 1/2 day professionalism course that is offered by the State Bar. Review their webpage for more information.
The course is a requirement under the Arizona Supreme Court Rules; you can read the full text here: Rule 34 (n)
There are exemptions for newly admitted members who take inactive status or neither live nor practice in Arizona, otherwise all new members complete this class within 12 months of their admission. The class is offered live five to six times per year - usually in Phoenix and in Tucson. It is not offered online.
Accommodations decisions are handled by the individual jurisdictions, not the NCBE. You can learn about Arizona's bar Accommodations here. On this page you will find general information, links to an informative guidelines document and links to a variety of different forms that you may need to fill out/have filled out.
All applicants seeking accommodations will complete Form 1. In addition, applicants will have their provider complete Form 2, 3, 4 or 5 depending on the reason for which accommodations are sought. Form 6 deals with accommodations that were received for testing while in law school and is completed by the law school; Form 7 deals with accommodations that were requested on the bar exam in another jurisdiction. You can view the forms here.
Although you have until the bar application deadline to apply for accommodations, it is best to apply early to allow time for the process and attendant supporting documentation.
The Arizona Committee on Examinations relies upon the definition of disability contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act, as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual. For purpose of the bar exam, merely having an impairment does not automatically qualify a bar applicant for an accommodation. The applicant must demonstrate that the impairment substantially limits a major life activity. This determination is made by the committee on a case-by-case basis, per individual and per examination administration. Accommodations granted elsewhere do not necessarily entitle an applicant to accommodations on the Arizona bar exam.
Requests for accommodations will be considered after receipt of all information required by the Test Accommodations Checklist. Incomplete submissions may result in denial due to insufficient information.
What items can you bring? What is allowed during the exam? Check out the Regulations here: Code of Conduct
Best to review the entire document, but some highlights include:
- an Admission Ticket is issued to you one month before exam and must be brought to the test center
- bring a current valid government issued photo identification card
- you may bring a nondigital wristwatch, though clocks are located in every examination room for regular testing.
- prohibited items include: cell phones, pagers, other electronic items, programmable watches, backpacks, purses, book bags, books, notes, food, candy, gum, cigarettes, non-religious headwear, ear plugs, headphones,
- ear plugs and writing utensils will be provided at the exam site
- any items normally carried in a purse, backpack, or wallet must be in a clear plastic baggie not to exceed one gallon size
- laptop computers are allowed in the building on the first day of testing (essay day) only