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Ohio Supreme Court Admissions Office Schedule of Examinations
National Conference of Bar Examiners Tips for Ohio Essay Exams
Dates, Times, Other Details Tips for Multistate Performance Test
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Ohio Supreme Court – Admissions Office

65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio  43215-3431
Phone:  614-387-9340 or 9350  (Admissions #)
E-mail:  BarAdmissions@sc.ohio.gov

Business Hours:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Director of Bar Admissions:  Lee Ann Ward

The Ohio Supreme Court web site contains most of the forms and information needed about being admitted to the bar in Ohio.  The site also contains past essay questions dating back to 1998 and the outline of subjects tested on the essay portion of the exam.  See especially:

 

National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE)

The National Conference of Bar Examiners is the organization that develops and administers the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) (the multiple-choice part), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE).  They are also responsible for conducting the initial character and fitness checks.                

Sample MBE, MPT and MPRE questions and answers may be purchased from the NCBE at its web site.  These tests usually cost between $15 to $20 a piece.  For sample questions available in the Law Library collection, see Library Resources - Bar Exam.

 

Logistics of the Ohio Bar Examination

Dates:  The Ohio bar exam is offered twice a year, in February and July.  The anchor date is the last Wednesday of the month.  It is a three day test that begins on Tuesday and goes through Wednesday to Thursday at 12:00 noon.  The test dates are as follows:

YEAR

FEBRUARY BAR

JULY BAR

2014

25,26 & 27

July 29, 30, and 31

2015

 

 


2016
 

 
 

Prior to the Exam

Final character and fitness approval must be completed 3 weeks before exam.  If you have not completed your final character and fitness interview by mid-January for the February exam and mid-June for the July exam, call the Office of Bar Admission.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will provide the Ohio Supreme Court with a certificate confirming your J.D. degree & 1 hour instruction on substance abuse (provided that you have successfully completed your degree and attended the substance abuse session).

If you wish to take the bar exam on your laptop, the Supreme Court will send an email to bar applicants after the absolute deadline for applications to take the bar (approximately December 10th for the February bar and May 10th for the July bar).  You will receive specific instructions on what to do at that point.

Prior to the examination, the Supreme Court will send out instructions and your application number.  This number is used on all of your examinations.  Do not put your name on your examinations.  Your exam number is also your seat assignment in the examination hall. 

Location and times:  North Hall, Veterans Memorial Building, 300 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio.

Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
Instruction prep at 8:45 a.m.
Testing begins at 9:00 a.m. each day – be early

Tuesday and Wednesday:
Lunch Break 12:15 or 12:30 for 1 hour.

Lunch Break -  You can bring your own lunch or buy lunch at the hall.  Note that there are about 1200 takers in July, therefore long lines for lunch.

Exam concludes at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday exam concludes at 12:15 p.m.
 

Other details:

  • Seating in the examination hall is by your exam number, low #s in the front of hall, high #s at the rear.
  • Proctors and administrative staff wear badges.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the hall and you cannot leave the hall during the exam.
  • No food or drinks allowed during the exam –  exception - lifesavers, cough drops, and water in a clear bottle.
  • Hall could be chilly – bring a sweater, dress in layers.

First day:

Fill out information card
Bring photo identification
Finger print check of index finger

 

Schedule of Examinations

Tuesday morning – Two MPT questions

Tuesday afternoon – Ohio Essay questions (6 questions)

Wednesday morning – MBE (100 questions)

Wednesday afternoon – MBE (100 questions)

Thursday Morning – Ohio Essay questions (6 questions)

 

Tips from Bar Examiners and Readers for Answering Essay Questions:

1.         Don't waste time on irrelevant background.  Get to the question.

2.         Pay attention to the call of the question (usually at the end).

3.         Do not assume graders use gimmicks.  You don't need to underline or highlight key words.

4.         Organize your answer.  Outline - use logical progression.

5.         Do not make assumptions without stating them, especially whether Ohio or federal law applies.

6.         Do not address issues that you are told not to address.  Follow directions.

7.         Analysis is more important than the bottom line.

Sample Essay Questions from Ohio Supreme Court's web site.

Outline of Tested Subjects from Ohio Supreme Court's web site .

 

Tips for the Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

1.         Pay attention to the task you are asked to perform.  Do what you are asked to do.  Follow directions.

2.         Take advantage of style of form memo.

3.         Outline your answer before you write.

4.         Write clearly and succinctly.

5.        Citations - don't worry about correct Bluebook format.

6.        Take at least one practice MPT test per week while studying for the bar.

 

 

Grading

Raw score = correct answers.

Scaled scores are used to equate the MBE score to the essays score.

Written exam = Essay & MPT, Graded by Ohio Bar Examiners and Readers, Scored on a scale of 1-7, 12 essays = 84 (2 MPT x 1.5 = 21) = Total = 105  (Written score is scaled to Ohio MBE mean and standard deviation for that test).

Total Score = 2 x written scaled score and MBE score.

405 needed to pass.

 

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