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. 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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3. 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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4. 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. Please note that at this time, the Court has not determined a date when UBE scores will be accepted. After five years, an attorney from another state, if eligible, may apply for admission without examination.

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5. 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 six one-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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6. Will there be an Ohio specific component?

This is currently being considered.

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