Ohio Bar Exam Information
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Ohio Bar Exam Format
The Ohio Bar Exam is administered over three days.
The written portion of the exam is administered on the first and third days of the Ohio bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Ohio essay questions and the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”). On the first day, you will have three hours to answer two MPT questions. You will have three hours to answer six Ohio essay questions.
The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the Ohio exam. The MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. The MBE is split into a morning and afternoon session. Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.
On the third day, you will have three hours to answer six Ohio essay questions.
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- February 25-26, 2020
- July 28-29, 2020
- February 23-24, 2021
- July 27-28, 2021
Ohio Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 S. Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3431
Ohio MPRE Score Requirement
Ohio requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 85 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in Ohio.
Scoring/Grading and Results
In order to pass the Ohio bar exam, you must score at least 405. This equates to 135, based on the MBE’s 200-point scale. The scores of the exam sections are weighted as follows: MPT 13.3%, Ohio essays 53.3%, and MBE 33%. Ohio releases the February Ohio Bar Exam results by early May, and the July Ohio Bar Exam results in late October.
You may apply for admission without examination if you fulfill the applicable requirements, some of which include:
- the general requirements for admission to practice law in Ohio; and
- passing a bar exam and having been admitted as an attorney in some other state or in the District of Columbia; and
- practicing law full time for 5 of the past 10 years; and
- not having taken and failed an Ohio bar exam.
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Ohio Bar Exam Subjects
Ohio Essay Subjects
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