Kentucky Bar Examination

Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice.

Please verify with bar examiner’s office.


2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28

The Kentucky Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Six 30-minute Kentucky Essay Exam questions (KEE in the AM) and 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).

Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions

1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 156
Lexington, KY 40511-1255

Phone: (859) 246-2381
Fax: (859) 246-2385



Bar Exam Location

Clarion Hotel Conference Center – North
1950 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511

Subjects Tested

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

Kentucky Essay Subjects

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

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

The KY Office of Bar Admissions indicates that IF MPT items are added, there will only be one MPT question. How it will relate to the other sections of the bar exam is still unknown.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam

A scaled score of 80 is required for admission to the bar and must be achieved before sitting for the exam.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Applications must be filed electronically by October 1 for the February bar exam and by February 1 for the July bar exam. Late application deadlines, with associated fees, are November 10 and December 10 for the February exam and March 10 and May 10 for the July exam.

Bar Exam Application Fee: $875

On-Motion Application Fee: $1,500

Late Fee: $250

Final Late Fee: $450


There is a separate minimum passing standard on each (MBE and Essay) component. Applicants must achieve a scaled score of at least 135 on the MBE and at least 75% on the essay portion. Beginning with the February 2020 administration of the Kentucky Bar Exam, SCR 2.080(4) requires that applicants must pass both the essay and Multistate (MBE) portions of the examination in one sitting.

Additional Information

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


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.

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