Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Bar Admissions
National Conference of Bar Examiners
Dates, Times & Other Details
Schedule of Examinations
Tips for Ohio Essay Exams
Tips for Multistate Performance Test
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
Business Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Director of Bar Admissions: Gina White Palmer, Esq.
The Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Bar Admissions web site contains most of the forms and information needed for being admitted to the bar in Ohio. See especially:
- Rules - set out in Rule 1: Admission to the Practice of Law of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio.
- Admission Applications, including the Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission and Application to Take the Bar Examination
- Character & Fitness information
- Fee Schedule
- Important Dates
- Bar Examination information, including laptop use and registration; sample essay questions July 1997-present (with MPT Summaries and Selected Answers February 2011-present); and bar exam results July 1999-present.
The National Conference of Bar Examiners is the organization that develops and administers the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), 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 Study Aids Store page. Free and other commercial resources for sample questions are on the Bar Exam Study Resources page.
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:
February 26 - 28
July 30 -August 1
Before the Exam:
- The Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission and Character & Fitness questionnaire are due November 15 of the student's second calendar year.
- The Application to Take the Bar Examiniation is due on April 1 for the July 2019 exam.
- Final Character and Fitness Approval must be completed 3 weeks before the exam. If you have not completed your final Character and Fitness interview by mid-January for the February exam, or by mid-June for the July exam, call the Office of Bar Admission.
- Check the Office of Bar Admissions Ohio Bar Examination page for information on laptop registration.
- Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will provide the Supreme Court of Ohio with a certificate confirming your J.D. degree and 1 hour instruction on substance abuse (provided that you have successfully completed your degree and attended the substance abuse session).
- Prior to the exam, the Supreme Court of Ohio 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:
Check the Office of Bar Admissions Ohio Bar Examination page for the current site of the Bar Examination.
- 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 are allowed during the exam – exception - water in a clear bottle.
- The hall could be chilly – bring a sweater, dress in layers.
- Carefully review pretest instructions sent by the Supreme Court of Ohio.
- Fill out information card.
- Bring photo identification.
- Finger print check of index finger.
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)
- Ohio will begin to administer the UBE in July 2020. Please review the Office of Bar Admissions website here for further information.
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.
Free and other commercial resources for sample questions are on the Bar Exam Study Resources page.
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.
Raw score = correct answers.
Scaled scores are used to equate the MBE score to the essays score.
Written exam = Essay & MPT; Graded by Ohio Board of 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.
BEC 9/16; LER 10/19