Kentucky Bar Exam Information

Course Info


Bar Exam Information


Kentucky Board of Law Examiners

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

Bar Exam Format

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.

Subjects Tested

MBE Subjects: Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts.

Kentucky Essay Subjects (KY/MEE): Administrative Law and Procedure, Business Entities (corporation, partnerships and/or others), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Domestic Relations, Estates (wills and/or trusts), Federal Taxation, Uniform Commercial Code (sales, secured transactions and/or negotiable instruments), plus all MBE subjects.   

Bar Exam Dates

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

2014 Winter:  February 25 & 26
2014 Summer:  July 29 & 30

Filing Fees and Deadlines

To obtain an application, you may access the website at or send a written request to the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions along with a check for $10.00 to cover the cost of printing and mailing.

Applications must be filed by October 1st for the February exam and February 1st for the July exam. The application fee is $625.00. Late applications are accepted with a late fee. The late deadlines for the February exam are November 10tih with an additional $200 late fee and December 10th with an additional $400 late fee. The late deadlines for the July exam are March 10th with an additional $200 late fee and May 10th with an additional $400 late fee. 

Attorney Application Fee: $675

Admission without exam fee: $1200

Grading and Results

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.