This chart of Bar Exam Expenses does not include the cost of commercial bar review courses. It also does not include the costs associated with not working while preparing for the Bar exam, which may include two months of lost wages. PLEASE NOTE: FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Also, see the note below regarding Costs for Veterans.

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  • Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission (with Character & Fitness questionnaire)
$75.00 to OHSCtt;
$250.00 to NCBE
$275.00 to OHSCt; $335.00 to NCBE If Application not filed by November 15 of 2nd year of law school, must pay both fees. NCBE fees subhject to change 
  • MPRE
  • Application to Take the Bar Examination
$452.00 $552.00  
  • Unifom Bar Exam Fee
$122.00   Part of the applicationto take the Bar Examination
  • Laptop Fee
$135.00   Subject to change each exam administration
  • Fingerprinting/notary [Many banks will notarize documents for their customers.]
  • Postage
$20.00+   Bar Admisisons Portal required for online filing of Applications
 Travel & Lodging Costs
  • Travel from Cleveland by Car & parking in Columbus
  • Hotel (average cost for 3 nights)
$ 400.00+    
  • Food (approximately 9 meals)



Eligible veterans may receive reimbursement for the fee charged by the Ohio Supreme Court to take the bar examination, under a licensing and certification benefit which took effect March 1, 2001. For information about reimbursement benefits, and to find out if you are eligible, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education & Training website, especially the Licensing and Certification page. Only the cost of the test is reimbursable. Other fees and costs associated with bar examination preparation, including those for materials and bar review courses, are not included in the benefit. You may also obtain a pamphlet explaining the benefits by contacting the Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Bar Admissions:

65 South Front Street
5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
614-387-9340; Email: BarAdmissionsnull@sc.ohio.nullgov


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