Ohio Bar Exam Information

Ohio Bar Exam Information

Office of Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 S. Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3431
(614) 387-9340

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Ohio bar exam may test the following MBE and Ohio Essay subjects:

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Ohio Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations)
  • Commercial  Transactions (including U.C.C. Art. 4A – Fund Transfers, Art. 3 – Commercial Paper, and Art. 9 – Secured Transactions)
  • Legal Ethics
  • Wills & Estates
  • Personal Property

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: April 3
Late Filing Deadline: May 10

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: November 1
Late Filing Deadline: December 11

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $358
Attorneys: $358
Repeaters: $358

Laptop Fee: $121

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the Ohio bar exam is 405 out of 600 points. This is based on the weighted scores of the MBE (worth 33%), the Ohio essay questions (worth 53.3%), and the Multistate Performance Test (13.3%).

Bar Exam Dates

The Ohio bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-27

2018: February 27- March 1 and July 24-26

Bar Exam Results

Ohio bar exam results are typically released in early May for the February exam and late October for the July exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Ohio bar exam is 2.5 days long and consists of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), 12 Ohio essay questions, and 2 Multistate Performance Tests (MPT).

During the 3-hour morning session, 2 MPT questions are administered. During the 3-hour afternoon session, 6 Ohio essay questions are administered.

100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

During the 3-hour morning session, 6 more Ohio essay questions are administered.


The Ohio Bar allows admission on motion if the applicant meets the requirements for admission, including: (1) passing bar and admitted in another jurisdiction; (2) practicing law full time for 5 of last 10 years; and (3) having not failed the Ohio bar exam.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.








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