Universal Bar Examination (UBE) Score Transfer Guide


Minimum UBE Score


Maximum UBE Score Age

5 years

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

All Jurisdictions

Admission By UBE Transfer to Kentucky

Understanding the UBE

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is a standardized bar examination designed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). It is composed of three parts: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The UBE is administered over two days and is designed to test knowledge and skills that every lawyer should have before becoming licensed to practice law. The UBE score is portable, meaning it can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions, subject to each jurisdiction's specific rules and requirements.

Transferring UBE Scores to Kentucky

Minimum UBE Score

Kentucky requires a minimum UBE score for admission by transferred score. As of the latest information available, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions (Kentucky Bar) stipulates that applicants must achieve a minimum score of 266 to be considered for admission. For the most current score requirements, applicants should refer directly to the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions website or the NCBE's jurisdiction directory for Kentucky.

Time Limit for Transfers

There is a time limit within which a UBE score must be transferred to Kentucky for it to be considered valid. In Kentucky, the time limit for UBE score transfer is 5 years. This period is crucial for applicants to understand to ensure their scores do not become non-transferrable. Detailed information on the exact time frame can be found in the Kentucky Supreme Court's Administrative Order 2020-60 and on the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions website. It is advisable to verify this information directly to account for any updates or changes.

The Transfer Process

Transferring a UBE score to Kentucky involves several steps, including but not limited to:

  1. Verification of Eligibility: Ensure you meet the minimum UBE score requirement and are within the time limit for transferring scores.
  2. Completion of the Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Fulfill any Kentucky-specific educational requirements.
  3. Application Submission: Complete and submit an application for admission by UBE score transfer to the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions. The application process is detailed on their website.

Transferring a UBE score to Kentucky requires careful attention to the jurisdiction's specific requirements, including minimum scores, time limits, and additional components. By following the guidelines outlined in this article and utilizing the provided resources, Juris Doctors can navigate the transfer process more effectively. Always refer to the official Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions and the NCBE for the most current and comprehensive information.

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