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Kentucky Bar Exam Information


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Kentucky Bar Exam Overview

The Kentucky Bar Examination is a two day exam consisting of the Kentucky essay portion, the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). The bar exam is offered twice yearly, once in February and once in July.

Kentucky Essays/Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)

The Essay portion of the exam consists of 6 locally drafted Kentucky essay questions and 6 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions.

Subjects that may be tested on the essay portion include the following: Administrative Law and Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Business Entities (corporation, partnerships and/or others), Criminal Law and Procedure, Uniform Commercial Code (sales, secured transactions and/or negotiable instruments), Evidence, Civil Procedure, Domestic Relations, Property (real and/or personal), Federal Taxation, Torts, Estates (wills and/or trusts), and such other subjects as the Board may select from among questions from the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

The MBE, which is administered on Wednesday, is developed and graded by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

This portion of the examination is an objective 6-hour examination containing 200 multiple-choice questions, which is divided into two 3-hour sessions during which 100 questions are administered.

The MBE tests 7 subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts

Grading

NCBE scores the MBE component of the exam.

The exam includes both the MBE and a written component that consists of equally weighted performance on the MEE and locally developed essay questions. There is a separate minimum passing standard on each component. To pass the exam, an applicant must achieve a score of 132 or greater on the MBE and an average score of 75 or greater on the written component.

Required MPRE Score: 75

Results

Results for the February exam are typically released in late-April.

Results for the July exam are typically released in late-September.

Reciprocity

MBE Score Transfer

A scaled score of 132 or higher may be accepted for transfer to Kentucky if that score was obtained within 3 years of the date of the exam to be taken.

Admission on Motion

Kentucky does allow for admission on motion.

Admission on Motion Fee: $1500.00

Contact Information

Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions
1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 156
Lexington, KY 40511

www.kyoba.org
info@kyoba.org
Phone: 859-246-2381
Fax: 859-246-2385

Schedule

The Kentucky Bar Exam is a 2-day exam administered twice a year.

Day AM PM
Tue 6 Essays (3 hours) 6 MEE Essays (3 hours)
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

Subjects Tested

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Essay Subjects

  • Administrative Law and Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Business Entities (corporation, partnerships and/or others)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Uniform Commercial Code (sales, secured transactions and/or negotiable instruments)
  • Evidence
  • Civil Procedure
  • Domestic Relations
  • Property (real and/or personal)
  • Federal Taxation
  • Torts
  • Estates (wills and/or trusts)
  • Such other subjects as the Board may select from among questions from the National Conference of Bar Examiners

Filing Deadlines & Fees

July 2019

Regular Filing: February 1, 2019
Late Filing: March 10, 2019

Extended Late Filing: May 10, 2019

Regular Application fee: $625.00
Late Application fee: $825.00
Extended Late Application fee: $1025.00
Attorney Exam Regular Application fee: $775.00
Attorney Exam Late Application fee: $975.00
Attorney Exam Extended Late Application fee: $1175.00
Laptop Computer fee: $125.00

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Common Questions About the UBE.

What is the Uniform Bar Exam?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is effectively a national bar exam coordinated by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and is composed of three parts: (1) the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) , the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

The UBE is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by adopting jurisdictions and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.

What does the Uniform Bar Exam application look like?

There is no Uniform Bar Exam application.

Applicants must register for the UBE by applying to a user jurisdiction. For example, a student taking the UBE in New York would apply to sit for the New York bar exam.

Applicants who have taken the UBE may transfer their UBE scores to seek admission in other UBE jurisdictions.

This map shows UBE jurisdictions in orange and lists the maximum age of transferred UBE scores for each jurisdiction:

UBE Jurisdictions
Maximum Age of Transferred UBE Score* Jurisdiction
2 years Missouri, North Dakota
2 years/5 years Iowa, Utah
25 months Alabama
3 years Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, Wyoming
3 years/5 years Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont
37 months Idaho
40 months Washington
5 years Alaska, Arizona, District of Columbia

*The maximum age of transferred UBE scores in Maryland has not been determined.

Please note, however, that jurisdiction rules and policies can change, so we would strongly advise consulting the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current information.

What States accept the UBE?

What States Accept the UBE

These are the UBE jurisdictions:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland (July 2019)
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio (July 2020)
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas (February 2021)
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • Virgin Islands

While technically not UBE jurisdictions, the following jurisdictions either administer or substantially administer the UBE:

  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

Are there states that are considering the UBE?

Every year more and more states are adopting the UBE.

In July 2018, the Massachusetts bar exam will administer its first Uniform Bar Exam. In February 2019, North Carolina bar exam and Tennessee bar exam will become UBE jurisdictions. The Maryland bar exam has also recently adopted the UBE and could administer its first Uniform Bar Exam as early as July 2019.

Other jurisdictions currently considering adoption of the UBE include the Illinois bar exam and the Ohio bar exam.

Illinois, Texas, California and Florida are the largest legal markets still administering state-specific tests. While Illinois, Texas and Florida have formally considered adopting the UBE, California seems to have no interest in doing so. The California bar exam , however, recently shorten from three days to two days, a step in the right direction.

What are the Uniform Bar Exam subjects?

Multistate Bar Exam Subjects:

  • Civil Procedure (Civ Pro)
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (Crimes)
  • Torts
  • Real Property
  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law (Con Law)
  • Evidence

Multistate Essay Exam Subjects:

  • Business Associations : Agency and partnership, and corporations and limited liability companies.

  • Civil Procedure (Civ Pro) : Jurisdiction and venue, the law applied by federal courts, pretrial procedures, jury trials, motions, verdicts and judgments, and appealability and review.

  • Conflicts of Law : These issues are embedded in other topic areas and do not appear as standalone questions. Issues include domicile, the jurisdiction of courts, choice of law, and recognition and enforcement of other states' judgments and foreign judgments.

  • Constitutional Law (Con Law) : Nature of judicial review, separation of powers, relation of nation and states in a federal system, and individual rights.

  • Contracts : Formation of contracts, defenses to enforceability, contract content and meaning, performance, breach and discharge, remedies, and third-party rights.

  • Criminal Law and Procedure (Crimes) : Homicide, other crimes, inchoate crimes; parties, general principles, and constitutional protection of accused persons.

  • Evidence : Presentation of evidence, relevancy and reasons for excluding relevant evidence, privileges and other policy exclusions, writings, recordings, and photographs, and hearsay and circumstances of its admissibility.

  • Family Law : Getting married, being married, separation, divorce, dissolution, and annulment, child custody, rights of unmarried cohabitants, parent, child, and state, adoption, and alternatives to adoption.

  • Real Property : Ownership of real property, rights in real property, real estate contracts, mortgages/security devices, and titles.

  • Secured Transactions : Assume articles 1 and 9 of Uniform Commercial Code are adopted and in effect. General UCC principles, applicability, and definitions, validity of security agreements and rights of parties, rights of third parties, default.

  • Torts : Intentional torts, negligence, strict liability and products liability, and other torts.

  • Trusts and Decendents’ Estates : Intestate succession, wills, family protection, living wills and durable healthcare powers, and trusts and future interests.

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What are the Uniform Bar Exam dates?

The UBE is administered twice a year over two days, with the MBE portion given on the last Wednesday of February and July and the MEE and MPT given on the Tuesday prior to that.

How is the UBE scored?

The NCBE scores the MBE component of the UBE. Jurisdictions grade the MEE and MPT components.

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE and UBE total scores are calculated by the NCBE.

The MBE is weighted 50%, the MEE 30%, and the MPT 20%.

UBE total scores are reported on a 400-point scale.

Jurisdictions set their own minimum passing scores for the UBE:

UBE Minimum Passing Scores
Minimum Passing UBE Score* Jurisdiction
260 Alabama, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota
266 Connecticut, District of Columbia, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Virgin Islands
270 Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming
272 Idaho
273 Arizona
274 Oregon
276 Colorado, Maine
280 Alaska

What’s the Uniform Bar Exam format?

The UBE consists of three sections: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

The format is as follows:

Tuesday AM: 6 30-minute Multistate Essay Questions

Tuesday PM: 2 90-minute Multistate Performance Tests

Wednesday AM: 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

Wednesday PM: 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

What’s the difference between the UBE and the MBE?

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is a six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination developed by NCBE and administered by user jurisdictions as part of the bar examination on the last Wednesday in February and the last Wednesday in July of each year.

The MBE is a component of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). Jurisdictions that administer the UBE weight the MBE component 50%.

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