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Format, Content, & Grading of the Ohio Bar Exam

 





All data provided below are subject to change by a decision at any time by the Ohio bar examiners.  When any changes are made, they will be posted on this site.

The Ohio Bar Exam is a 2 1/2-day exam -- Tuesday, Wednesday, and a half-day on Thursday -- with the essays and performance questions on Tuesday, the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday, and additional essays on Thursday.

First Day (Tuesday):  
Six Essay Questions
Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions
For details on the MPT, click here.

Second Day (Wednesday) morning session: 
3 hours 
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

Second Day (Wednesday) afternoon session: 
3 hours
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

Ohio requires that you sit for the MBE as part of the Ohio bar exam. Ohio does NOT accept your score from an MBE taken in another jurisdiction.

For further details on the MBE, click here.

Third Day (Thursday):  
Six Essay Questions

Subjects Tested on the  Ohio Local Portion:
Business Associations 
(Agency, Partnership, and Corporations)
Civil Procedure
Commercial Transactions 
(Commercial Paper & Secured Transactions)
Legal Ethics
Personal Property
Wills

Plus the six MBE subjects:


Constitutional Law
Contracts/Sales
Criminal Law/Procedure
Evidence
Real Property
Torts


Grading of the Ohio Bar Exam:

Your score on the MBE counts for 1/3 of your total score.  Your performance on the essay questions and the MPT counts for 2/3 of your total score. 

Ohio generally releases the results of the Summer exam in early November and the results of the Winter exam in early May.


Ohio Bar Exam Pass Rates 

Ohio Bar Exam

Pass Rate

First-Timer Pass Rate

Repeater Pass Rate

July 2003

73.4%

 

 

July 2002

69.9%

77.9%

29.5%

July 2001

76.2%

83.0%

36.9%

July 2000

70.2%

76.4%

33.3%

July 1999

70.1%

75.7%

34.8%

July 1998

70.6%

83.0%

25.8%

July 1997

75.6%

78.7%

13.1%

July 1996

87.5%

89.9%

31.6%

February 2003

52.1%

72%

 

February 2002

52.3%

67.0%

39.5%

February 2001

57.7%

73.6%

41.9%

February 2000

60.4%

69.5%

52.6%

February 1999

62.9%

73.6%

52.3%

February 1998

63.2%

75.3%

50.4%

February 1997

81.0%

89.0%

64.3%

February 1996

80.5%

91.6%

54.7%


Ohio Bar Exam Law School Pass Rates -- Summer 2003


Ohio Bar Exam Law School Pass Rates -- Summer 2002


Ohio Bar Exam -- Additional Pass Rate Info

February 2004 | Summer 2003Winter 2003 | Summer 2002 | Winter 2002 | Summer 2001


Ohio Bar Exam Details


Admission on Motion 
(i.e., without having to sit for the bar exam)

1. You must be a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school.

2. You must have passed the bar exam in another jurisdiction and been admitted to the bar. 

3 You must have actively practiced law full-time outside Ohio for at least five of the prior 10 years.

4. You must intend to practice law actively, and on a continuing basis, in Ohio.

5. You must not have ever taken and failed the Ohio Bar Exam.

For further information, contact:

Admissions Office
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street
5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3431
Telephone: 614-387-9340
Fax: 614 387-9349

 


Exam Dates:

Winter 2007
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
February 27, 28, March 1, 2007

Summer 2007

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 
July 24, 25 & 26, 2007


Future Dates: 

February 26, 27 & 28, 2008
July 29, 30 & 31, 2008


Filing Deadlines and Fees:

You must file 
1) an Application to Register AND
2) an Application to Take the Bar Exam.


Filing deadlines and fees are subject to change.  Contact the Ohio Bar Examiners to learn the rules in effect at the time of your application.

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