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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 MEE®(Multistate Essay Examination) and MPT®(Multistate Performance Test) take place on Tuesday and the MBE®(Multistate Bar Exam) takes place on Wednesday.
Bar Exam Format
The Kentucky Bar Exam is a two-day exam:
- Day 1: AM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) PM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays.
- Day 2: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®).
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 23 – 24, 2021
- July 27 – 28, 2021
The MBE is weighted 50%, the MEE 30%, and the MPT 20%. UBE total scores are reported on a 400-point scale. The passing UBE score in Kentucky is 266.
A minimum passing scaled score is 80 or higher.
Applicants are not eligible to sit until they have passed the MPRE®.
A UBE score of 266 or higher from another jurisdiction may be transferred to Kentucky for admission within five (5) years of the date of application for admission.
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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