Bar Information: Are there resources to help me prepare for the bar exam?

Many students are unsure how best to prepare for the bar examination. Nearly all students planning to take the bar exam enroll in one or more Bar Review courses. Bar Review courses are classes that prepare students for a bar exam through review of the substantive law learned in law school, and exam strategies. Many companies both in and out of Kentucky offer a variety of courses, workshops and online tutorials. Students should thoroughly research these options before selecting a course.

Resources for Bar Exam Preparation

The Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions website has past essay questions and multiple choice questions.

ABA Guide to Bar Admission Requirements website has an overview of the bar admission requirements and most bar exam components.

National Conference of Bar Examiners, the NCBE is the organization that develops standardized tests for admission to the bar.

BARBRI of Kentucky offers comprehensive preparation for all aspects of the Kentucky Bar Exam, including the Kentucky Essay Exam, the Multistate Essay Essay (MEE), and the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).  Classes are offered for both the summer and winter bar exams in Highland Heights, Lexington, and Louisville.  All classes are subject to sufficient student interest and classroom availability.  Classes run approximately 3-1/2 hours a day, 5-6 days a week for approximately six weeks. 

Kaplan PMBR (Preparation for the MBE) offers several bar review courses:

  • MBE Foundation Course - 6-day in-class program to give you a start on your MBE preparation
  • MBE Final Review Course - 3-day in-class program that offers specialized, supplemental review that rigorously prepares you for the actual MBE
  • MBE Combination Course - This program includes in-class and Lectures-On-Demand for the MBE Foundation Course, in addition to the in-class MBE Final Review course.

Adaptibar - Self-study MBE review.


All Kentucky Essay questions from the February 2006 through the July 2014 examinations are available free online. This represents 96 practice essay questions.

The 2014 Multistate Bar Examination Information Booklet is available free online.   The booklet contains subject matter outlines for all MBE subjects.

The 2014 Multistate Essay Examination Information Booklet is available free online.   The booklet contains subject matter outlines for all MEE subjects, and MEE practice questions from July 2012 and February 2013.

Study aids containing previously administered MEE questions and model analyses may be purchased from the National Conference of Bar Examiners Study Aid Store by visiting the NCBE Study Aids Store.  Cost: $15.

MBE Online Practice Exams 1, 2, and 3 are available for purchase through the NCBE Study Aid Store.  The MBE Online Practice Exams (OPEs) are 100-question annotated online practice exams that use questions drawn from recently administered MBEs.  Purchasing an MBE OPE gives an examinee a subscription for online access to that practice exam, for unlimited trials, expiring one year after the date of purchase. Examinees can take the practice exams timed or untimed and receive feedback on their answers, including annotations and a customized score report designed to help identify strengths and weaknesses in the six MBE subject areas.  Cost:  $50 per practice exam.

MEE Questions and Analyses from older administrations, as well as recent MEE questions (without analyses), are available at no cost on the NCBE website.

MPRE Practice Exam available for purchase on the NCBE website.