Application to Take the Bar Examination

Welcome to the download area for the documents needed to complete an Application to Take the Bar Examination. This Web page contains all of the documents required to complete an Application to Take the Bar Examination.

NOTICE: Multistate Performance Test Fee Increase for July 2013 Bar Exam

The fee for the Multistate Performance Tests has increased from $24 to $26 for the July 2013 bar examination. Accordingly, the fees for the Application to Take the Bar Examination, the Application for Re-examination, and late applications will increase by two dollars.

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Read all of the instructions before proceeding:

How to use these files
Other requirements
Filing your completed application
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How to use these files

A password is required to open some of these documents. The password is open.

Documents 6 through 13 are Microsoft® Word templates. You must use Microsoft® Word97 or later to fill out and print the application forms. To determine if you have the correct version, load Microsoft® Word, click on "Help" from the toolbar and then select About Microsoft® Word. The first line on this panel will identify the version of Microsoft® Word. The only acceptable versions of Microsoft® Word are Microsoft® Word97 or later, a standalone product or a member of the suite of products in MS Office 97 or later Standard or Professional versions.

The templates contain form fields that permit the entry of requested information. Only the entered text that you actually see within each field is the text that will print. If a field is not large enough to display your response, attach a separate sheet or sheets, referencing the form and the question number and part. Some of the form fields have the ability to accept two lines of information within the form field.

Follow these guidelines when filling out these forms:

Other requirements

Before being admitted to the practice of law in Ohio by examination, an applicant must take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). An applicant may take the MPRE at any time before or after taking the Ohio bar examination. Applicants should make arrangements for taking the MPRE directly with the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Applications to take the MPRE are available from either of the following:

Information regarding the MPRE can be obtained from the following:

The MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination) Information Booklet

Filing your completed application

After completing the forms on this web page, print the forms, and then execute the documents. Please note that your signature on some of the documents must be notarized. Only executed originals will be accepted for filing; electronic filings are not acceptable. If you have questions about the forms, please contact the Supreme Court Bar Admissions Office at 614.387.9340 or 614.387.9350.

Download the files

Document Name Notice
1. Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio - Rule I. Admission to the Practice of Law These documents contain important information you must read before completing your application.
2. Instructions to Applicants for the Ohio Bar Examination
3. Ohio Board of Bar Examiners Policy on Applicants with Disabilities
4. The MBE (Multistate Bar Examination) Information Booklet
5. The MPT (Multistate Performance Test)
Information Booklet
6. Applicant's Supplemental Character Questionnaire
To be completed by applicant
A password is required to open these documents. The password is open.You must use Microsoft® Word97 or Microsoft® Word2000 to fill out and print the application forms. More information is available.
7. Authorization to Release Records (Drug and Alcohol Abuse Records)
To be completed by applicant if answering yes to Question 9 (b)
8. Authorization to Release Records (Mental Health Records)
To be completed by applicant if answering yes to Question 10 (a) or (c)
9. Examination Application
To be completed by applicant
10. Applicant's Affidavit
To be completed by applicant
11. Law School Character Certificate
To be completed by applicant's law school
12. Final Law School Certificate
To be completed by applicant's law school
 
13. Substance Abuse Instruction Certificate
To be signed by a continuing legal education sponsor if the dean or associate dean of your law school cannot certify that you have received at least one hour of instruction
 

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