Whether you pass the bar exam will depend on your commitment, effort, and attitude, much more than your aptitude and raw talent. You are preparing for the bar exam from the moment you walk into law school. Work hard, study smart, and believe in yourself, and the bar will be just another test among the many tests you have faced in your life time.
The July 2016 exam will be held July 26-28, 2016, at the Roberts Centre next to I-71 at Rt. 68. The center is located between Columbus and Cincinnati on I-71. The center is also located very near Wilmington, Ohio. Parking at the Roberts Centre is free.
Latest Video: 3/23/16 Director of the Ohio Bar Admissions Office, Lee Ann Ward, and an Ohio Bar Examiner, Michael Murman discussed the Ohio bar examination
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For help with the bar exam, contact Mary Jane McGinty, Diretor of Bar Exam Preparation, LB 147,, 216-687-2297
Ohio Bar Examination Strategies and Tactics: Law 701
Cleveland-Marshall students are encouraged to take the three credit hour Ohio Bar Examination Strategies and Tactics (OBEST) class. Applicants who have taken the OBEST class have consistently out performed their peers who did not take the course. The course uses Torts and Property as backdrops to discuss study tactics, and strategies for answering essay questions, MBE and MPT problems. Students receive one-on-one feedback on their essay writing, MPT responses and bar exam study plans. The course is offered on a pass/fail basis. Preference for the Fall class will be given to those taking the February Bar Exam. Preference for the Spring class will be given to those taking the July Bar Exam.
Multistate Performance Test Workshop
Because the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is so specialized, and because it is unlike most exams you've ever taken, Cleveland-Marshall offers a weekly MPT workshop during the eight weeks preceding the bar exam. Participants receive individual feedback and advice on their practice MPTs, as well as discuss general strategies for attacking this particularly challenging part of the bar exam.
In some ways, the most challenging component of the Ohio Bar Examination: the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Two hours a week could make the difference. Don't downplay the MPT because it is "only 13% of the possible points on the bar." Thirteen percent of 600 points is more than 75 points, too many points to leave to chance.
While I recommend taking the MPT under test-like conditions in a classroom at the law school, I recognize that some of you will be out of town or unable to come on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m (longer when we do 2 MPTs). If you can't come, send email to and and we will email the MPT of the week to you in advance. Email your response to CML MPT Homework at before 9:00 a.m. the next day. Your MPT response will be graded and returned to you by the following Tuesday.
Room assignment: 202
Faculty Bar Preparation Series
Cleveland-Marshall faculty recognize that teaching students in the classroom to think like lawyers and preparing applicants to take the bar exam often involve different goals. For that reason, about three weeks before the bar exam, faculty members volunteer to make one hour presentations on testable issues in bar subjects and answer any questions the applicants may have.