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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 first day of the exam includes the Kentucky Essay Portion and the MEE, which consists of a total of 12 essay questions over the course of six hours (two separate three-hour segments). The second day of the exam is the MBE, which consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. The bar exam is offered twice yearly, once in February and once in July.

The Kentucky Bar Exam looks at each portion (the essay questions and the multiple-choice questions) separately and grades each part independent from the other. The state of Kentucky requires test-takers to pass both portions of the exam before becoming a lawyer in Kentucky. To pass the essay portion, a general average of 75 percent(or 900 of a possible 1200 points) is required, and a scaled score of 135 is necessary to pass the MBE. Test results become available 2-3 months after the test date.

To become a lawyer in Kentucky, one must hold both an undergraduate degree and a law school degree, pass the LSAT exam, Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE), and the Kentucky Bar Exam. Bar exam applicants must pass the MPRE and complete the necessary education before taking the Kentucky Bar Exam.

You can use our resources here at TestMaxPrep to properly prepare for the day of the exam. We offer study material and practice tests that closely resemble the content and format of the Kentucky Bar Exam. The questions cover more than 25 topics, ranging from criminal and constitutional law to federal taxation and estates.

The next available test date is February 25-26, 2020, and you can contact the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions for more information about registration, test-day expectations, and more.

2020 Filing Deadlines & Fees

When is the KY Bar Exam in 2020?

February 25-26, 2020 July 28-29, 2020 February 23-24, 2021 July 27-28, 2021
Timely Filing: Oct 1, 2019 Feb 1, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Feb 1, 2021
Late Filing: Nov 10, 2019 Mar 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2020 Mar 10, 2021
Late Filing: Dec 10, 2019 May 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020 May 10, 2021

How Much Does the KY Bar Exam Cost?

Exam fee: $875 / $1,125 / $1,375
Attorney Exam fee: $1,200 / $1,450 / $1,700
Laptop Computer fee: $125

What is the KY Bar Exam Schedule Like?

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

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

What Subjects Are Tested On The KY Bar Exam?

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

KY Bar Exam Grading & Scoring Process

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

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

KY Bar Exam 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

How do I Contact the KY Bar?

Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions
1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 156
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: 859-246-2381
Fax: 859-246-2385

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