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Ohio Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
The Ohio Bar Exam is a two-day exam. It takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The MEE® (Multistate Essay Examination) and MPT® (Multistate Performance Test) take place on Tuesday and the MBE®(Multistate Bar Exam) takes place on Wednesday.
Bar Exam Format
The Ohio Bar Exam is a two-day exam:
- Day 1: AM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) PM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays.
- Day 2: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®).
Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions).
Bar Exam Dates
- July 27-28, 2021
- February 22-23, 2022
In calculating UBE total scores, the MEE is weighted thirty percent, the MPT is weighted twenty percent, and the MBE is weighted fifty percent. UBE total scores are reported on a 400 point scale. An applicant shall pass the examination if the applicant achieves a 270 UBE score or higher.
Minimum passing score of 85 or above.
Admission Without Examination.
Applicants may apply for admission without examination if they:
(1) have been admitted as an attorney at law in the highest court of another state or in the District of Columbia; (2) have engaged in the practice of law, that: (a) was engaged in subsequent to the applicant’s admission as an attorney at law in another jurisdiction; (b) occurred for at least five full years out of the last ten years prior to the applicant’s submission of an application; and (c) was engaged in on a fulltime basis; (3) have not taken and failed an Ohio bar examination within the past five years of applying for admission without examination; and (4) have not engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.
Admission by Transferred UBE Score.
An applicant may apply to transfer a UBE score from another jurisdiction if: (1) The applicant earned an UBE score that meets or exceeds the minimum score required by the Board of Bar Examiners; (2) The qualifying UBE score was earned within five years of the date of the applicant’s submission of an application; (3) The applicant has taken the MPRE® and earned the required score; and (4) The applicant has successfully completed the Ohio Law Component.
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