Ohio Bar Exam

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Ohio Supreme Court Admissions Office

Admissions Office
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3431

Telephone: (614) 387-9340

Website: www.sconet.state.oh.us


BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

The Ohio Bar Exam is a 2 1/2-day exam administered on the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in February and July.

2016 Winter:  February 23, 24, and 25

2016 Summer: July 26, 27. and 28

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions and Six Essay questions.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.

Day 3: Six additional essay questions.


SUBJECTS TESTED


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Ohio Essay Subjects:

  • Business Associations (Agency, Corporations, Partnerships)
  • Commercial Transactions (Commercial Paper & Secured Transactions)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Ohio Civil Procedure
  • Ohio Legal Ethics
  • Real/Personal Property
  • Torts
  • Wills

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.


MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE is required for admission.


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Applicant must file both an Application to Register and an Application to Take the Bar Exam.

November 16, 2015 is the deadline for the Application to Register as a candidate for Admission to the practice of law (for applicants in the second year of law school Fee is $75).

Application to Take the Bar Exam must be filed by April 1 for the July exam and November 2 for the February exam ($358 fee).

For admission without examination, $1,500 plus a fee for NCBE character report.


GRADING AND RESULTS

MBE is weighted 1/3 of an examinee’s total score and the written portion (essays and MPT) is weighted 2/3 of an examinee’s total score. A total scaled score of 405 is needed to pass the exam.

Results are generally released in early May for the February exam and late October for the July exam.


RECIPROCITY

Admission on Motion
May apply for admission without exam. Must meet general admission requirements; be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school; have passed a bar exam and been admitted in another jurisdiction; have actively practiced outside of Ohio on a full time basis for 5 of last 10 years; intend to actively practice in Ohio; have not failed the Ohio bar exam. Contact Admissions Office for complete rules.

Acceptance of MBE Score
Ohio does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.


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