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Kentucky Bar Exam Information

  • About the Bar Exam

    The Kentucky Bar Exam is a two-day exam. It takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The written portion of the exam takes place on Tuesday. Wednesday is devoted to the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE®).

    Starting with the July 2019 administration, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admission has reserved the right to include items from the Multistate Performance Test on the written portion of the exam. The Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has not confirmed how many MPT® items may be included on future exams or how such inclusion may relate to the other sections of the written portion. However, it should be noted that on the July 2019 administration, the written portion was comprised of 6 Kentucky drafted essays, 3 MEE® essays, and 2 MPT®s.

  • Contact Information

    Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions
    1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 156
    Lexington, KY 40511-1255
    Phone: 859-246-2381
    Fax: 859-246-2385
    info@kyoba.org

  • Bar Exam Format

    The Kentucky Bar Exam is a two-day exam:

    • Day 1: Written portion of the exam comprised of Kentucky drafted essays, MEE® essays, and/or MPT® question(s)*
    • Day 2: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®)

    * Starting with the July 2019 administration, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admission has reserved the right to include items from the Multistate Performance Test, on the written portion of the exam. The Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has not confirmed how many MPT® items may be included on future exams or how such inclusion may relate to the other sections of the written portion. However, it should be noted that on the July 2019 administration, the written portion was comprised of 6 Kentucky drafted essays, 3 MEE® essays, and 2 MPT®s.

  • Subjects Tested

    MBE® and MEE® Subjects: Agency, Partnership, Corporations, Federal Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts, Wills, and Secured Transactions (UCC 9).

    Kentucky Essay Subjects: Contracts, including sales and secured transactions, Constitutional Law, Business Entities (corporation, partnerships and/or others), Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Kentucky Civil Procedure, Family Law, Property (real and/or personal), Torts and Estates (wills and/or trusts).

  • Bar Exam Dates

    • February 25 - February 26, 2020
    • July 28 - July 29, 2020
  • Grading

    Effective January 1, 2020, Kentucky will require a minimum passing scaled score of 135 on the MBE® (an increase in relation to the previous required scaled score of 132) and will continue to require a general average of 75 on the written portion of the exam. Also effective January 1, 2020, applicants must pass the written and MBE® portions of the examination in one sitting.

  • MPRE®

    A minimum passing scaled score is 80 or higher.
    Applicants are not eligible to sit until they have passed the MPRE®.

  • Reciprocity

    Effective January 2019, an applicant who has taken the MBE® in another jurisdiction within three years of the date of the Kentucky exam may transfer a scaled score of 135 or higher and need only sit for the written portion of the Kentucky exam. In order to be eligible for such a score transfer, among other criteria, the applicant must have never failed the Kentucky exam.

    Kentucky has a provision for attorneys who have practiced law for five of the seven years preceding the filing of an application for admission to the Kentucky Bar in a state(s) which has reciprocity with Kentucky. If attorneys meet all other requirements for admission under this rule, they may be admitted to the Kentucky Bar without taking the bar examination.

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