Ultimate Guide to Kentucky State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Kentucky bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Bar Review Courses · Format · Essay Topics · Schedule · Dates · Location · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources · Other Jurisdictions

*Updated February 2024

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Kentucky State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Kentucky Bar Association was started in 1934, and is a mandatory bar.

Kentucky is one of 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Kentucky first administered the UBE in February 2021. Kentucky also requires the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Kentucky State Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2023 (315 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 76%
First-Time Pass Rate: 80%
Repeat Pass Rate: 52%

February 2023 (115 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 52%
First-Time Pass Rate: 52%
Repeat Pass Rate: 52%

February 2022

Overall Pass Rate: 45%
First-Time Pass Rate: 52%
Repeat Pass Rate: 49%

July 2021

Overall Pass Rate: 72.17%
First-Time Pass Rate: 71.91%
Repeat Pass Rate: 28.57%

Kentucky Bar Review Courses

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Kentucky State Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in Kentucky (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The UBE has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).


The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 50% of your overall UBE score.

Crushendo offers affordable, comprehensive written and audio outlines for MBE subjects (in addition to MEE and MPRE subjects).

Watch Crushendo’s free MBE tips video.


The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. The MEE makes up 30% of your score.

Essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.

Crushendo offers the most recent MEE questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MEE tips video.


The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. The MPT makes up 20% of your score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MPT tips video.

What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location


Morning Afternoon
Day 1 MEE (3 hours) MPT (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)


  • July 30–31, 2024
  • February 25–26, 2025


Kentucky Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the Kentucky State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Kentucky bar exam.

Kentucky State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners
1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 156
Lexington, KY 40511

Phone number: (859) 246-2381

Email: info@kyoba.org

Fax: (859) 246-2385

Kentucky Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your current driver’s license or picture ID
  • Jacket
  • Money
  • Keys

Important notes

  • You need to have these items with you for each of the four testing sessions.
  • Laptop testers should not bring their laptop in a case or bag.

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials
  • Watches

Kentucky Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in Kentucky is 266/400.  Scores of the three tests comprising the UBE are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total UBE score
  • MEE = 30%
  • MPT = 20%

*A passing score for the MPRE in Kentucky is 80/150.


Kentucky Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the Kentucky Bar Exam.

  • MBE, MEE, and MPT Prep
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  • Audio Flashcards
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Kentucky Bar Exam Results

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Kentucky bar exam results released?

Kentucky bar exam results are usually posted nine weeks after the exam date.

Can I see my Kentucky bar exam score?

If you passed the Kentucky bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will receive your written examination back.

Can I appeal to have my Kentucky bar exam re-graded?

No. If your essay score is close to passing, it will be automatically regraded. After scores have been released, there is no appeals process.

How many times can I take the bar exam in Kentucky?

You can take the Kentucky bar five times.

Kentucky Bar Exam Reciprocity

The following states and jurisdiction have reciprocity with Kentucky: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

You can be admitted if you meet the reciprocity requirements:

  • Be actively engaged in the practice of law for five of the last seven years

Law Schools in Kentucky

Here’s a list of law schools in Kentucky.

Salmon P. Chase College of Law (Northern Kentucky University)

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law (University of Louisville)

J. David Rosenburg College of Law (University of Kentucky)

  • Founded: 1908
  • Located: Lexington, KY
  • Enrollment: about 350
  • Tuition Cost: $50,352 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 74%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.uky.edu

Helpful Groups

Here are some Facebook groups you may find helpful before, and after, passing the bar exam:

Salmon P. Chase College of Law (Northern Kentucky University)

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law (University of Louisville)