Kansas Bar Exam Information

Before being allowed to practice law in the state of Kansas, a lawyer must first be admitted to the state bar.  The most common method used to determine if an aspiring lawyer is qualified to practice is the Bar Exam. In Kansas, the Bar Exam is offered biannually by the Kansas Judicial Branch and may be taken by recent law school graduates. Out of state attorneys may be eligible for on-motion admission based on their experience or scores from a Bar exam taken in another state. Kansas uses the Universal Bar Exam format.

Exam Dates:Feb 23rd & 24th, 2021
Exam Type:Uniform Bar Exam
Location:Topeka, KS
Application Fee:$700
On-Motion Application Fee:$1250
Filing Deadline:October 1, 2020
Late Filing Deadline:November 1, 2020
Late Fee:$200

When is the 2020 Kansas Bar Exam?

The first the Kansas State Bar exam of 2021 will be held on February 23rd and 24th. The exam will also be administered during the last week in July. Applicants wishing to take the February exam must register by October 1st of 2020 in order to avoid a late fee. The exam is conducted using the Multistate Uniform Bar Exam created by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Over the course of the two-day exam, applicants must complete three sections of the exam. These include a multiple-choice exam, essay questions, and a practical performance test.

Where is the Kansas Bar Exam located?

The specific location of the Kansas Bar Exam for 2021 has not yet been announced. It will be held in the Topeka, Kansas area and applicants will be notified of the location upon successful registration for the exam.

How much does the Kansas Bar Exam cost?

For registrants who submit their application and the required paperwork before the October 1st registration deadline, the fee to sit for the Kansas Bar Exam is $700. After the deadline, late applications are accepted until November 1, 2020, and are subject to a $200 late fee.

What subjects are tested on the Kansas Bar Exam?

Some of the subjects that will be tested over the course of the two-day bar exam include family law, torts, real property, constitutional law and evidence, criminal procedure, business associations, civil procedure, conflict of laws, criminal law, trusts and estates, and contract law.

What is the format of the Kansas Bar Exam?

The Kansas Judicial Branch has adopted the Multistate Universal Bar Exam format. Created and administered twice a year by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the UBE consists of three sections, each making up a different percentage of the final score. The three components are a multiple-choice exam called the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE).

What is the minimum MPRE score needed to take the Kansas Bar Exam?

A scaled score of at least 80 on the Multistate Professional Readiness Exam (MPRE) is required in order to be admitted to the Kansas Bar Association.

How is the Kansas Bar Exam graded?

Each component of the Kansas Bar Exam carries a different amount of weight towards an applicant’s final score. The MBE is the most heavily weighted section, accounting for 50% of the final score. The MEE makes up 30% and the MPT is counted as 20% of the final.

When are the Kansas Bar scores released? 

Exam takers can expect to receive scores for the February Exam by mid-April. Results for the July exam will be released in mid-September. The results are delivered by mail.

Can I transfer my UBE scores from another jurisdiction?

Applicants with qualifying UBE scores from other states within the past two years can apply for admission to the Kansas Bar without being required to take the test again.

What is the Kansas Reciprocity Agreement like?

Kansas allows attornies from 35 US states to apply for reciprocal membership to Kansas. The full list of states allowed can be found on the Kansas Judicial Branch website. The fee for on motion admission to the Kansas State Bar is $1250.

How can I contact the Kansas State Bar?

The Kansas Board of Law Examiners can be reached by phone at 785-296-8410, or by email at admissions@kscourts.org.

Useful Links

  • Kansas Judicial Branch – This is the body in charge of licensing and admitting lawyers in the state of Kansas. Scheduling information and application forms can be found here.
  • National Conference of Bar Examiners – The NCBE created the Universal Bar Exam and has several helpful resources on its website for current applicants.