Bar Exam Timelines

The Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Bar Admissions provides a list of important dates and deadlines for the bar exam.

First Year
  • Attend Professor Kelly’s workshop “It’s Time to Start Thinking About the Bar Exam.” (spring semester)
  • Pay attention and learn your first-year courses. They are the  foundation of your law school learning and are double-tested on the bar exam.
  • When registering for 2L classes, consider taking some bar-tested subjects, e.g., Evidence, Business Associations, Wills, Commercial Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure II.
Second Year
  • Enroll in the Moritz Bar Exam Information TWEN course.
  • Attend the C&F workshops:
    • Ohio Supreme Court Office of Bar Admissions (fall)
    • Completing the C&F Application (fall)
    • C&F Triage (fall)
    • Columbus Bar Association Admissions Interview Committee panel discussion (spring)
    • Preparing for the C&F Interview (spring)
  • Complete and submit your Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission by the November 17th deadline.
  • Take Professional Responsibility and register to take the August MPRE by the end of June.
Third Year
  • Attend the Bar Exam Basics Workshops:
    • Nuts & Bolts of the Bar Exam
    • Bar Exam: the written portion
    • Bar Exam: The MBE
    • Bar Exam panel discussion
    • MPT Immersion, Part I
  • Take Professional Responsibility if you did not take it your second year.
  • Register for and take the November or March MPRE.
  • Take classes in bar-tested subjects.
  • Submit your Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission before the late deadline of January 15th.
    • Pay additional $250 in fees for failing to meet the on-time deadline.
  • Complete and submit your Application to Take the Bar Exam by the April 1st deadline.
  • Submit your Final Law School Certificate to the Registrar before hooding.
Post-Graduation
Take advantage of summer bar support:
  • MPT Immersion, Part II
  • Weekly Essay Workshops
If you plan on using your laptop on the Ohio bar examination:
  • Register with Exam Soft during the registration period.
  • Pay the non-refundable fee of $110.
Post-Bar Exam
  • Within 30 days of being sworn in and admitted to the practice of law, file a Certificate of Registration and pay the $350 registration fee.