Ohio Bar Exam (UBE) details

A typical Ohio Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Ohio Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Board of Bar Examiners Supreme Court of Ohio.

You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.

Day 1

  • Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM)

Day 2

  • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)

MBE

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MEE

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations; and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Plus all MBE subjects

MPT

  • “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

MPRE

  • A scaled score of 85 is required for admission to the bar.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

The MEE is worth 30% of the overall score, the MPT is worth 20% of the overall score, and the MBE is worth 50% of the overall score.

The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score of 270.

Acceptance of MBE Score

Ohio does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

Admission on Motion

May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for five of 10 years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. For complete details, contact the Board of Bar Examiners Supreme Court of Ohio.

Admission by UBE

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 270 on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within five years may apply for admission based on that score. The earliest administration acceptable for transfer will be February 2016.

All applicants will be required to take an Ohio Bar Exam component prior to admission. For details, contact the Board of Bar Examiners Supreme Court of Ohio.

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