Ohio

Since jurisdiction rules and policies change, you are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction's bar admission agency directly for the most current information.
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The information provided on this page is drawn from the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements ("Guide"). Links are provided to specific charts in the Guide; each chart is followed by jurisdiction-specific supplemental remarks. Please consult both the chart and its remarks for complete information. NOTE: The Guide is updated on an annual basis, while the website is updated throughout the year. The website supersedes the Guide where the two differ. (Website jurisdiction information last updated Oct 28, 2019.)

Bar Exam Eligibility, Deadlines, and Fees

  • ABA-Approved Law School J.D. Required: Yes
  • Foreign Law Graduate Eligibility: Yes See Chart 4
  • Bar Exam Application Filing Deadlines: See Chart 9
  • Bar Exam Application Fees: See Chart 9

UBE Adoption

  • UBE Adoption: Yes
  • UBE First Administration Date: July 2020
  • UBE Minimum Passing Score: TBD
  • UBE Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Yes

Admission on Transferred UBE Score

  • Admission on Transferred UBE Score: Yes
  • Effective Date:
  • Minimum Score: TBD
  • Maximum Score Age: 5 years
  • Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Yes
  • UBE Score Services

Ohio Bar Exam Components

  • The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE): Yes
  • The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE): Yes July 2020
  • The Multistate Performance Test (MPT): Yes
  • Jurisdiction-Drafted Exam: Yes See Chart 7

MPRE Requirements

Character and Fitness Investigations

NCBE provides character and fitness services for the following applicant types in Ohio:

  • Law Student Registrant
  • First Bar Admission (Examinee)
  • Attorney
  • Foreign-Educated/Foreign-Licensed
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Admission on Motion

  • Admission on Motion: Yes See Chart 12 and Chart 13
  • Number of Years of Practice Required: 5 of past 10

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Bar Admission Agency
Office of Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Ohio

65 S. Front St., 5th Fl.

Columbus, OH 43215-3431

Phone: (614) 387-9340

Fax: (614) 387-9349

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