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Ohio Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
The Ohio Bar Exam is a three-day exam. It takes place on the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of February and July. Six State Exam Essays and the Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) are administered on Tuesday, the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®) is administered on Wednesday, and six additional State Exam Essays are administered on Thursday.
Ohio has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE®) effective July 2020. According to the Board’s website, in addition to the UBE® exam, a passing score on the Ohio Component must be achieved prior to being sworn in. The Ohio Component will consist of outlines and an online, open-book, multiple choice exam covering Ohio-specific components.
Bar Exam Format
The Ohio Bar Exam is a three-day exam. It takes place on the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of February and July.
- Day 1: AM: 2 Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s); PM: Six State Exam Essays
- Day 2: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®)
- Day 3: AM: Six State Exam Essays *Ohio has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE®) effective July 2020.
According to the Board’s website, in addition to the UBE exam, a passing score on the Ohio Component must be achieved prior to being sworn in. The Ohio Component will consist of outlines and an online, open-book, multiple choice exam covering Ohio-specific components.
The MBE® subjects, including OH distinctions, as well as Agency, Partnership, Corporations, OH Civil Procedure, Legal Ethics, Secured Transactions (UCC 9), Commercial Paper (UCC 3), Personal Property, and Wills.
Bar Exam Dates
- February 25-26, 2020
- July 28-29, 2020
Ohio requires a minimum scaled combined score of 405 points to pass. The MBE® is weighted 33%, the essays are weighted 53%, and the MPT®s are weighted 13% of the overall score.
Minimum passing score of 85 or above.
Ohio's admission to the bar without examination is not based upon reciprocity. An applicant from any jurisdiction who meets the requirements set forth in Gov. Bar R. I, Sec. 9 may apply for admission without examination. For more information please visit the link here.
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