Uniform Bar Exam Frequently Asked Questions


1. How many days is the UBE?

The UBE is a two-day test comprised of three components prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Ohio is already using two of the three components of the UBE, the Multistate Bar Exam and the Multistate Performance Test. Ohio will now use the Multistate Essay Exam in place of the Ohio essay questions.

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2. What will be different about the Ohio Bar Examination once the UBE is adopted?

Currently, the Ohio Bar Examination consists of two Multistate Performance tests given in two ninety-minute sessions, 12 Ohio essay questions given in two three-hour sessions, and the Multistate Bar Examination. The UBE will consist of two Multistate Performance Tests given in one three-hour session, the six essay questions given in one three-hour session, and the Multistate Bar Examination.

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3. When will Ohio use the UBE?

Ohio will begin using the National Conference of Bar Examiner’s Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning in July 2020.

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4. What is a passing UBE score for admission in Ohio?

270

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5. Will there be an automatic regrade for applicants who were unsuccessful on the bar examination?

The current rule allows for a regrading of the written portion of the examination for any applicant whose total examination score after scaling falls within one point below the minimum passing score. The automatic regrade will be expanded from one point of passing to two points of passing. Upon adoption of the UBE, the rule will allow an automatic regrade for any applicant whose total examination score after scaling falls within two points below the minimum passing score.

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6. How long will Ohio recognize acceptable UBE scores from other UBE states?

Ohio will recognize acceptable UBE scores from other UBE states for five years post-examination. After five years, an attorney from another state, if eligible, may apply for admission without examination.

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7. Will Ohio accept UBE scores earned prior to the July 2020 exam?

Yes. The five-year limit will include exams administered prior to July 2020. The earliest administration acceptable for transfer will be February 2016.

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8. When will the Office of Bar Admissions begin accepting transfer applications?

The Office of Bar Admissions is working to develop application materials and processes to accept transfer applications. Transfer applicants cannot be admitted until the appropriate amendments to the Rules for Government of the Bar are finalized and approved by the Court. Once we have more information or an exact date, the website will be updated.

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9. Will there be an Ohio specific component?

Yes. The Ohio Component will consist of outlines and an online, open-book, multiple choice exam covering relevant Ohio-specific components. An applicant must earn a score of 80 percent or higher to pass the Ohio Component. Both those sitting in Ohio and those transferring in a UBE score will be required to complete the Ohio Component. The Board of Bar Examiners will prepare and maintain the outlines and develop the questions of the Ohio Component.

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10. When must applicants complete the Ohio Component?

The Ohio Component is a pre-admission requirement. A passing score must be achieved prior to being sworn in.

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11. When will applicants be eligible to take the Ohio Component?

Applicants sitting for a UBE administration in Ohio will be granted access following the Wednesday of the exam. Applicants transferring in a qualifying UBE score will be granted access upon acceptance of their transfer application.

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12. When will you have more information?

We are anticipating Rule amendments will be out for public comment in October 2019.

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