About the Ohio Bar Exam

UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION (UBE)

Ohio administers the UBE . Please review the Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Bar Admissions website here for further information. The UBE consists of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), and Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)

The UBE Bar Examination is a 2-day test. It will be administered by the Ohio Supreme Court twice each year in February and July. It consists of three parts – The National Conference of Bar Examiners’ Multistate Performance Test (MPT), the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). The MPT and MEE together comprise 50% of the examination (The MEE is 30% and the MPT is 20%.) The MBE is the remaining 50%. The MBE and MEE cover national general law, not state-specific law. The MPT tests fundamental lawyering skills, not substantive knowledge.

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is a closed universe writing test. The MPT is given on Tuesday morning of the bar exam, and applicants must complete 2 MPTs. Each MPT problem replicates an assignment that might be given to a first-year associate in a law firm or government agency. The problem provides necessary law and facts in the forms that a lawyer might find them (e.g., cases, statutes, witness statements, newspaper articles, letters, and client interviews). You are required to use only the law provided in the problem. You must finish each problem in 90 minutes, and it can range from drafting a contract, to writing a brief, memorandum, or client letter.

 

Essay Portion of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) - Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)

The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) consists of six 30 minute essays administered on Tuesday afternoon of the bar exam. All six essays are given to the applicant at the start of the test. Some questions may include issues in more than one area of law. The particular areas covered vary from exam to exam. The subjects may include:

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (Common Law and Sales)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates

The National Conference of Bar Examiners "Study Aids" web page includes MPTs and Point Sheets from past bar exams. The Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Bar Admissions - Bar Examination web page includes MPT Summaries and Selected Answers from February 2011 to present; they are included in the sample Ohio Bar Examination Essay Questions. Again, the C|M|Law Library has copies of Ohio Bar Examination Essay Questions and Selected Answers for 1992, 1994-2016, July 2018, and February 2019 - see KFO76 .Z9 O553.

 

Multiple Choice Portion of the Bar Examination

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is the multiple choice part of the Ohio Bar exam. The MBE is a 6 hour, multiple choice, 200 question examination covering Contracts, Torts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence , and Real Property. The MBE is given on Wednesday of the bar exam.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners website includes MBE Sample Test Questions and MBE Sample Civil Procedure Questions, both with an answer key. Note: These MBE Sample Test Questions "do not represent all the material covered."

 

The National Conference of Bar Examiners "Study Aids" web page includes MPTs and Point Sheets from past bar exams. The Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Bar Admissions - Bar Examination web page includes MPT Summaries and Selected Answers from February 2011 to present; they are included in the sample Ohio Bar Examination Essay Questions. Again, the C|M|Law Library has copies of Ohio Bar Examination Essay Questions and Selected Answers for 1992, 1994-2016, July 2018, and February 2019 - see KFO76 .Z9 O553.

 

 

 

 

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

In addition to passing the bar exam, the Supreme Court of Ohio requires that all bar applicants pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) before they can practice law.

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is a multiple choice examination that tests one's knowledge of the rules of professional conduct for lawyers and judges. It is a 125 minute, multiple choice, 60 question examination. The MPRE is based on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct and controlling constitutional decisions. It can be taken any time during law school, and even after you’ve taken the bar examination. Many people take the MPRE during the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Legal Profession (Law 643) course. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the MPRE requirement during law school.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners website includes MPRE Sample Test Questions, with answer keys. Note: These MPRE Sample Test Questions "do not represent all the material covered."

 

Substance Abuse Education Seminar (Required for Applicants Applying to take the Ohio Bar Examination)

All applicants for the Ohio Bar Exam are required to take at least one hour of instruction on substance abuse, including causes, prevention, detection, and treatment alternatives.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law sponsers free Seminars for our Ohio bar exam takers. Substance Abuse Seminars are offered in the Fall and Spring Semesters. 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 m.mcgintynull@csuohio.nulledu or 216-687-2297.

 

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