Kentucky Bar Exam Information

Kentucky Bar Exam Information


Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions
1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 156
Lexington, KY 40511-1255
(859) 246-2381

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Kentucky bar exam tests the following MBE and essay subjects:

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MEE/ Kentucky Essay Subjects

  • Administrative Law & Procedure
  • Agency & Partnership
  • Business Entities (Corporations, LLCs, etc)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Domestic Relations
  • Kentucky Constitutional Law
  • Personal Property
  • Federal Taxation
  • Negotiable Instruments (U.C.C. Article 3)
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Wills, Trusts & Future Interests
  • ALL MBE SUBJECTS

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: February 1
Late Filing Deadline: March1/ May 1

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: October 1
Late Filing Deadline: December 1

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $625
Attorneys: $775
Repeaters: $250

Laptop Fee: $125

Scoring and Grading

In Kentucky, test takers must separately pass both the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) and the Kentucky Essay portion of the exam. A passing score on the Kentucky Essay portion is 75%. On the MBE, a scaled score of 132 is a passing score.

Bar Exam Dates

The Kentucky bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

Kentucky bar exam results are typically released approximately 9 weeks after the exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Kentucky bar exam includes the written portion on day one, and the MBE on day two.

Tuesday
During the morning session, exam takers are given 3 hours to answer 6 Kentucky Essay questions. During the afternoon session, they have 3 hours to complete 6 Multistate Essay Exam questions.

Wednesday
100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

Reciprocity

The Kentucky Bar allows for admission on motion by a practicing attorney in another jurisdiction. The attorney must meet several conditions, including practicing law for 5 of the last 7 years in a jurisdiction that has reciprocity with Kentucky.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.

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