Kentucky Bar Exam (UBE) details

A typical Kentucky Bar Exam is a 2-day exam Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Kentucky Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions.

You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.

Day 1

  • Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM)

Day 2

  • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)

MBE

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

MEE

  •  Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Plus all MBE subjects

MPT

  • “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

MPRE

  • A scaled score of 80 on the MPRE is required for admission and must be achieved before sitting for the exam.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE

  • MBE weighted 50%
  • MEE 30%
  • MPT 20%.

The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score of 266.

Acceptance of MBE Score

Accepts MBE score of at least 135 from another jurisdiction if received within the previous three years; applicant must have passed the entirety of the transferring jurisdiction's exam, must never have failed the Kentucky exam and must sit for the Kentucky Essay Exam.

Admission on Motion

A member in good standing of a reciprocating state may be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for five of seven years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. For complete details, contact the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions.

Admission by UBE

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 266 on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within the preceding five years may apply for admission based on that score.

Applicant may take exam prior to graduation, provided applicant has completed degree requirements prior to exam, although degree may not have been conferred.

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