State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Kansas

Bar Information


Key Dates

When is the Bar Exam: 

The last Tue and Wed of February and July

When is the application for the July exam made available: 

After November 16th

By when is the application for the July exam due?: 

March 15 (Late applications are accepted until April 15 but require a $200 late fee.)

Exam Details

What tests and types of questions are on the bar exam?: 

Written: State-law essay questions Multiple-choice: The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). Kansas does not administer a performance test.

Is it possible to take the written portions of the exam on a laptop computer?: 

Yes, but only a limited number of applicants will be able to do so. Policy is first come, first serve.

Are past exam questions and sample answers available?: 

Questions: yes Answers: no The Kansas Board of Law Examiners has advised us that the past exam questions are available through either of the two Kansas law schools--the University of Kansas or Washburn.

How is the exam scored?: 

The essay portion and the MBE are weighted equally. Applicants must achieve a combined scaled score of 133.


What was the first-time taker pass rate for the most recent July bar exam? : 

2012: 89%; 2011: 88%

What was the overall pass rate for all takers of the most recent July bar exam?: 

2012: 86%; 2011: 85%


Can MBE scores be transferred from other jurisdictions?: 

Yes, but only if from an exam administered within 13 months, with a scaled score of 120 or above

Can applicants already admitted in another state gain admission without taking the bar exam?: 

Yes, but only if they have practiced law for five of the past seven years and are coming from a state with which Kansas has reciprocity: AK, AR, AZ, CO, CT, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, NH, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA and WY.

The information on Kansas comes from the Kansas Board of Law Examiners' website and response to our survey, as well as from the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements and annual statistical report.