Ultimate Guide to Ohio State Bar Exam

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Ohio State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Ohio State Bar Association was formed in 1880. Ohio is one of 30+ states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) for their state bar review. Ohio will administer the UBE for the first time in July 2020.

Ohio Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (252 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 49%
First-Time Pass Rate: 74%
Repeat Pass Rate: 37%

February 2019 (378 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 53%
First-Time Pass Rate: 66%
Repeat Pass Rate: 43%

July 2019 (885 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 73%
First-Time Pass Rate: 82%
Repeat Pass Rate: 30%

July 2018 (863 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 70%
First-Time Pass Rate: 79%
Repeat Pass Rate: 27%

Ohio Bar Review Courses

Compare top Ohio bar exam prep courses from Crushendo, Barbri, Themis, Kaplan, AmeriBar, BarMax, AdaptiBar, and Quimbee.

CrushendoBarbriThemisKaplanAmeriBarBarMaxAdaptiBarQuimbee
Cost$240-790$2,495-4,095$1,595-2,695$2,299-3,999$895-2,545$699-1,499$395-1,065$499-999
MBE
MEE
MPT
MPRE
NCBE Questions2,000+100+Unknown1,200+1,400+1,905+1,700+1,830+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
Facebook Rating5/5Disabled4.8/5DisabledDisabled4.4/54.4/5Disabled
Access PeriodLifetime3 months4 months4 monthsUp to 3 yearsLifetime5-7 months5 months
Financing3 payments$250 registration
Founded20171974200819381999201020032007
Phone(385) 482-1776(888) 322-7274(888) 843-6476(626) 390-7170(877) 942-2763(800) 529-2651(877) 466-1250N/A

Crushendo’s written and audio outlines utilize 250+ proprietary mnemonics to help you memorize everything you need to know to pass the bar exam on your first try.

Crushendo’s UBE Suite costs $790 and includes 2,000+ official questions from the NCBE.

Crushendo offers lifetime access to its bar exam prep products.

Adam Balinski founded Crushendo Bar Review in 2017 (read the founding story here).

The Harcourt publishing company founded Barbri in 1974 when it acquired two bar review programs. Since its founding Barbri has been owned by large firms, including Thomson Reuters and Leeds Equity Partners.

Barbri products have been used by more than a million law school students. In the last 20 years Barbri has settled multiple antitrust lawsuits.

Barbri’s bar prep programs cost $2,495-4,095 and include 100+ official NCBE questions from past bar exams.

Barbri offers access to its online products for three months.

Themis Bar Review is based in Chicago and was founded in 2008.

Themis publishes its pass rates publicly on its website.

Themis bar prep programs cost $1,595-2,695 and include an unknown amount of NCBE questions.

Themis offers access to its online products for four months.

Stanley Kaplan founded Kaplan, Inc. in 1938.

Kaplan jumped into the bar review space in 2006 when it acquired PMBR, a company that provides test prep for the MBE. In 2008 Kaplan expanded its bar review offerings.

Kaplan’s bar prep programs cost $2,299-3,999 and include 1,200+ NCBE questions.

Kaplan offers access to its online products for four months.

Alexander Nakis founded AmeriBar in 1999. It’s headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida.

AmeriBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $895-2,545 and include 1,400+ NCBE questions.

AmeriBar offers access to its online products for up to three years.

Michael Ghaffary and Mehran Ebadolahi founded BarMax in 2010.

BarMax’s bar exam prep programs cost $699-1,499 and include 1,905+ NCBE questions.

BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.

Tarek Fadel founded AdaptiBar in 2003.

AdaptiBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $395-1,065 and include up to 1,700+ NCBE questions.

AdaptiBar offers access to its online products for 5-7 months.

Matt Sellers founded Quimbee in 2007.

Quimbee’s bar prep programs cost $499-999 and include up to 1,830+ NCBE questions.

Quimbee offers access to its online products for 5 months.

Ohio State Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in Ohio (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The UBE has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

MBE

The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 50% of your overall UBE score.

MEE

The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. Your MEE score comprises 30% of your UBE score.

Ohio bar exam essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.

Crushendo offers the most recent MEE questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

MPT

The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. Your MPT score comprises 20% of your UBE score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location

Schedule

MorningAfternoon
Day 1MPT (3 hours)MEE (3 hours)
Day 2MBE (3 hours)MBE (3 hours)

Dates

  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021
  • February 22-23, 2022
  • July 26-27, 2022
  • February 21-22, 2023
  • July 25-26, 2023

Location

Ohio Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the Ohio State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Ohio bar exam.

The Ohio State Bar registration fee is $358.  The late application fee is $458.

*Visit the Ohio Bar Admission Fee Schedule for more information.

If you want to take the bar exam in February, you should submit your bar exam application by November 1. The late application deadline is December 10. If you want to take the July bar exam, you should submit your application in April 1. The late application deadline is May 10.

In addition to passing the Ohio bar exam with a score of at least 270, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Ohio, including:

  1. Score 85 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Committee on Character & Fitness certification.
  3. Complete an Ohio component

Ohio State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Office of Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Phone: 614-387-9340
Fax: 614-387-9349
Email: BarAdmissions@sc.ohio.gov

Ohio Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your current driver’s license.
  • Your Bar Examination Identification & Certification Card that has your photo, NCBE number, and examinee number.

Important notes

  • You need to have these items with you for each of the four testing sessions.
  • Laptop testers should not bring their laptop in a case or bag.

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials

Ohio Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in Ohio is 270/400. Scores of the three tests comprising the UBE are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total UBE score
  • MEE = 30%
  • MPT = 20%

*A passing score for the MPRE in Ohio is 85/150.

Ohio Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the Ohio bar exam.

  • MBE, MEE, MPT, and MPRE Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 2,000+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access
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Ohio Bar Exam Results

View lists of those who passed the Ohio State bar exam, posted on the Ohio State Bar Association’s website:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Ohio bar exam results released?

Ohio bar exam results are usually posted eight to nine weeks after the exam date. February bar exam results are usually posted mid-April. July bar exam results are usually posted mid-September.

Can I see my Ohio bar exam score?

If you passed the Ohio bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the Ohio bar exam, you’ll be able to see your scaled scores on the MBE, MEE, MPT, and UBE.

Can I appeal to have my Ohio bar exam re-graded?

The essays may be regraded if they are within one point of passing.

How many times can I take the bar exam in Ohio?

There’s no limit to how many times you can retake the UBE in Ohio.

Ohio Bar Exam Reciprocity

All states, districts, and jurisdictions have reciprocity with Ohio if you comply with the following requirements:

  • Be engaged in the practice of law for five out of the last 10 years.
  • Receive a JD from an ABA-approved law school.
  • Provide your fingerprints to the State of Ohio.
  • Have a Certificate of Good Standing from a previous jurisdiction.

Law Schools in Ohio

Here’s a list of law schools in Ohio.

Moritz College of Law (Ohio State)

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

  • Founded: 1826
  • Located: Cleveland, OH
  • Enrollment: about 400
  • Tuition Cost: $53,674 View tuition costs
  • Bar Passage Rate: 85%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: case.edu/law

University of Akron School of Law

  • Founded: 1921
  • Located: Akron, OH
  • Enrollment: about 400
  • Tuition Cost: $24,314 View tuition costs
  • Bar Passage Rate: 61%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: uakron.edu/law

Claude W. Pettit College of Law (Ohio Northern University)

Capital University Law School

Cincinnati College of Law

  • Founded: 1833
  • Located: Cincinnati, OH
  • Enrollment: about 360 students
  • Tuition Cost: $29,010 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 78%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.uc.edu

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland State)

University of Toledo College of Law

University of Dayton School of Law

Helpful Groups

Here are some Facebook groups you may find helpful before, and after, passing the bar exam:

Moritz College of Law (Ohio State)

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

University of Akron School of Law

Claude W. Pettit College of Law (Ohio Northern University)

Capital University Law School

Cincinnati College of Law

University of Toledo College of Law

University of Dayton School of Law