Kentucky Bar Exam

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Kentucky Board of Law Examiners

1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 156
Lexington, KY 40511
Telephone: (859) 246-2381



The Kentucky Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 24

2016 Summer: July 26 and 27


The Kentucky Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Six essay questions drafted by the Kentucky examiners and the six question Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200 question, multiple-choice exam.


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MEE/Kentucky Essay Subjects:

  • Administrative Law & Procedure
  • Agency
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporations
  • Domestic Relations
  • Federal Taxation
  • Kentucky & Federal Civil Procedure
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Property
  • UCC
  • Wills
  • Trusts & Future Interests
  • plus all MBE subjects

MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required of all applicants prior to sitting for the bar exam.


To obtain an application, you must access the web site at Applications for the bar exam are submitted through the web site. All fee payments are mailed to the Bar Admissions office.

Applications must be filed by October 1 for the February exam and February 1 for the July exam.

The application fee is $625. Late applications are accepted with a late fee. The late deadlines for the February exam is November 10 with an additional $200 late fee and December 10 with an additional $400 late fee. The late deadlines for the July exam are March 10 with a $200 late fee and May 10 with a $400 late fee.

Attorney application fee: $775

Admission without exam fee: $1,200


Applicant must achieve scaled score of 132 on MBE to pass and 75% of the possible points on the essay section. Results are generally released in mid-April for the February exam and mid-October for the July exam.


Admission on Motion: An applicant may be admitted without exam from states admitting attorneys from Kentucky without exam. Must have practiced 5 of 7 years immediately preceding application. Must have qualifications (at time of original admission) sufficient to allow exam in Kentucky. Must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. MPRE required prior to admission.

Acceptance of MBE Score: Will accept MBE scaled score of 132 of higher received within the previous three years.

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