Kentucky

Kentucky has announced that they intend to first administer the NextGen bar exam in July 2027. Visit https://www.ncbex.org/exams/nextgen to learn more about the new exam. 

Kentucky requires the following NCBE exams: MBE, MEE, MPT, and MPRE. Visit the NCBE Study Aids Store to purchase the Bar Exam Everything Value Pack which includes MBE, MEE, and MPT study aids; and MPRE study aids to help prepare for Kentucky exams. 

Bar Admission Agency
Bar Exam Eligibility, Deadlines, and Fees
ABA-Approved Law School J.D. Required
Foreign Law Graduate Eligibility
Yes
Bar Exam Application Filing Deadlines

Oct. 1

Dec. 1

Feb. 1

Mar. 10 / May 10

Bar Exam Application Filing Fees
UBE Adoption
UBE Adoption
Yes
UBE First Administration Date
UBE Minimum Passing Score
266
UBE Jurisdiction-Specific Component
No
Bar Exam Components
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
Yes
Accepts Transferred MBE Scores
No
Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)
Yes
Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
Yes
Jurisdiction-Drafted Exam
No
MPRE Requirements
MPRE Required
Yes
MPRE Minimum Passing Score
80
MPRE Score Time Parameters
Admission on Transferred UBE Score
Admission on Transferred UBE Score
Yes
Effective Date
Minimum Score
266
Maximum Score Age
5 years
Jurisdiction-Specific Component
No
Admission on Motion
Rules Provide for Admission on Motion
Yes
Number of Years of Practice Required
5 of past 7
Character & Fitness Investigations
This jurisdiction does not use NCBE's character and fitness services; please contact Kentucky for filing instructions.