The Ohio Bar Exam assesses whether or not a candidate is competent to practice law in Ohio. The exam is comprised of three unique parts - the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), state-specific essay portion, and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). A minimum scaled score of 405 out of 600 possible points is required to pass.
The first portion of the Ohio Bar Exam, the essay portion, tests fundamental aspects of Ohio law. Students must provide clear, well-organized compositions that demonstrate the ability to understand universal law concepts and communicate ideas effectively.
The second portion of the Ohio Bar Exam is the Multistate Performance Test, or the MPT. The MPT is designed to test the examinee's ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. The MPT evaluates the ability to complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish. Applicants should contact the bar admissions agency in the jurisdiction to determine whether one or more MPTs are administered as part of the jurisdiction’s bar examination.
The third and final portion of the Ohio Bar Exam is the Multistate Bar Examination, or the MBE. The MBE is administered twice annually; once on the last Wednesday in February and again on the last Wednesday in July.
AdaptiBar prepares students for the MBE portion of the Ohio Bar Examination. The MBE occurs on one day, which is divided into two, three-hour parts, each consisting of 100 questions. When answering MBE questions, students apply fundamental legal principles instead of local case or statutory law. During the MBE, students analyze fact situations and apply black letter law. Students choose only one correct answer - the best answer - from the four available choices.
The Ohio Bar Exam is a 2 1/2 day exam.
For more information on the Ohio Bar Exam, visit the official Ohio Bar Examination site.
Interested in Ohio Bar Exam pass rates? We've collected the Ohio Bar Exam statistics dating back to 2002: Ohio Bar Exam Results