State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Ohio
The last Tue, Wed and Thu of February and July
Law students intending to take the Ohio Bar Exam must register with the Supreme Court of Ohio by January 15th, which is the late-registration deadline and requires a $200 fee. (The timely deadline is Nov. 15th of 2nd year of law school.) In addition, the application to take the exam itself is due by April 1st, with a late-filing deadline, costing $100 extra, on May 12th.
Written: 12 state-law essay questions and 2 performance tests from the Multistate Performance Test
Multiple-choice: The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
The Ohio Bar Exam consists of two half-day sessions of the MBE (100 questions during each session); one half-day session consisting of two performance tests; and two half-day sessions consisting of the 12 essay questions.
The MBE tests Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.
The state-law essays test Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Transactions, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Legal Ethics, Property, Torts, and Wills.
Questions, but not answers, on the Ohio Court website.
The written portions (performance tests, 13.3%, and essays, 53.3%, combined) are weighted at 2/3rds of the overall score. The MBE is weighted at 1/3rd.
2012: 85%; 2011: 86%
2012: 81%; 2011: 82%
Yes but only if they have practiced law for five of the previous ten years.
Students who wish to take the Ohio Bar Exam MUST register with the Ohio Supreme Court by January 15th of the year in which they wish to take the July exam.