Kentucky Admission Laws

Rules on admission to practice law in the state of Kentucky are laid down under Kentucky Supreme Court Rules 2.000 et seq.  Basic educational requirements, as set forth in Rule 2.014,  to get admission to the Kentucky Bar is that the applicant must have completed degree requirements for a J.D. or equivalent professional degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association or by the Association of American Law Schools.  According to Rule 2.015, an applicant to be eligible for admission to the Kentucky Bar must pass the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) administered by the National Conference Bar Examiners by attaining a scaled score of at least 75.  Unless an applicant gets a score of 75 in the MPRE, s/he is not bound to sit for any other Bar administrated exams.  According to Rule 2.110, any attorney practicing law in the highest Court of the District of Columbia or some other states, which has reciprocity with Kentucky, for five of the seven years prior to filing an application may be admitted to the Kentucky Bar without examination.  Pursuant to Kentucky Supreme Court Rule 2.000, the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners and the Character and Fitness Committee will have the power to adopt and amend rules and regulations subject to the approval of the Supreme Court.  Under Rule 3.661, every attorney practicing law in this state shall complete a minimum of twelve and one-half credit hours in continuing legal education activities.  Out of these twelve and one-half credit hours, a minimum of two hours must be devoted to continuing legal education specifically in the topics of legal ethics, professional responsibility or professionalism.

Ky. SCR Rule 2.014

Rule 2.014. Legal education.

(1) Every applicant for admission to the Kentucky Bar must have completed degree requirements for a J.D. or equivalent professional degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association or by the Association of American Law Schools.

(2) An attorney who received a legal education in the United States but is not eligible for admission by virtue of not having attended a law school approved by the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools may nevertheless be considered for admission by examination provided the attorney satisfies the following requirements:
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Ky. SCR Rule 2.015

Rule 2.015. Professional Responsibility Examinations.

(1) No person shall be eligible for admission to the Kentucky Bar until that person has first passed the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners by attaining a scaled score thereon of at least 75.

(2) No person shall sit for the Bar Examinations administered under SCR2.080, 3.500 or 3.510 unless he or she has first passed the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners by attaining a scaled score thereon of at least 75.

Ky. SCR Rule 2.110

Rule 2.110. Admission without examination.
(1) Any person who has been admitted to the highest Court of the District of Columbia or some sister state and who has been engaged in the active practice of law, in a state or jurisdiction which has reciprocity or comity with Kentucky, for five of the seven years next preceding the filing of an application may be admitted to the Bar of this state without examination provided the applicant meets all requirements for admission to the Bar under these Rules. Active engagement in the teaching of the law shall be considered active engagement in the practice of law.
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Ky. SCR Rule 3.661

Rule 3.661. Continuing legal education requirements: compliance and certification.

(1) Each educational year, every person licensed to practice law in this Commonwealth, not specifically exempted pursuant to the provisions of Rule 3.666, shall complete and certify a minimum of twelve and one-half (12.5) credit hours in continuing legal education activities approved by the Commission, including a minimum of two (2) credit hours devoted to continuing legal education specifically addressing the topics of legal ethics, professional responsibility or professionalism. All continuing legal education activities must be completed not later than June 30 of each educational year.
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