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.
2020 OHIO BAR EXAMINATION will be administerd as a remote examination on October 5 and 6, 2020
- Please review the Ohio Supreme Court's website here for further information.
Substance Abuse Education Seminar
C|M|Law Substantce Abuse Education Seminars for Ohio Bar Takers will be held in the Fall and Spring Semesters of each academic year. Emails will be sent at the beginning of the Semester with the dates and locations. Registration is required. Questions? Please contact Mary Jane McGinty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-687-2297.
The Ohio State Bar Assocation (OSBA) has an substance abuse course that will meet this requirment. You can access the course here.
Video - 9/17/19 - Assistant Director of the Ohio Bar Admissions Office discusses the Character and Fitness Application
PDF - Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) information from the Ohio Office of Bar Admissions - Spring 2020
Video - 2/4/20 - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association members discuss the Character and Fitness Interview
For help with the bar exam, contact Mary Jane McGinty, Director of Bar Exam Preparation, LB 147, email@example.com, 216-687-2297.
Ohio Bar Examination Strategies and Tactics: Law 701
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students are encouraged to take the three credit hour Ohio Bar Examination Strategies and Tactics (OBEST) course. Applicants who have taken the OBEST course have consistently out performed their peers who did not take the course. The course uses Bar examination subjects 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 course will be given to those taking the February Bar Exam. Preference for the Spring course will be given to those taking the July Bar Exam.
Multistate Performance Test Workshops
Because the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is so specialized, and because it is unlike most exams you've ever taken, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law offers a weekly MPT workshop in June (for the July 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. The exact MPT workshop times and dates are annouced prior to the beginning of the OBEST course.
In some ways, the most challenging component of the Ohio Bar Examination is 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 it is recommended to take the MPT workshop under test-like conditions in a classroom, it is recognized that some of you will be out of town or unable to come to it. If you can't come, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will email the MPT of the week to you in advance, and you will email your response to CML MPT Homework to email@example.com before 9am the next day. Your MPT response will be graded and returned to you before the next scheduled MPT Workshop.
Faculty Bar Presentation Series
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 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. The series schedule will be emailed to bar applicants.
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