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This chart of Bar Exam Expenses does not include the cost of 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 fees      
  • Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission
$75.00 $275.00 Character and Fitness Application: if not filed by November 15 of 2nd year of law school must pay both fees.
  • National Council of Bar Examiners
$225.00 $315.00  
  • MPRE
$84.00 $168.00  
  • Bar Examination Fee
$330.00 $430.00  
  • Multistate Performance Test Fee
$28.00   part of the application to take the Bar Examination
  • Laptop Fee
  • Fingerprinting/notary (many banks will notarize documents for their customers)
  • Postage
Travel costs      
  • Travel from Cleveland by Car & parking in Columbus
  • Hotel (Average cost for 3 nights)
  • 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 GI Bill web site , especially the Licensing and Certification page. Only the cost of the test is reimbursable. Other fees 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 at:

65 South Front Street
5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431





Revised BEC 8/16

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