Character & Fitness
Every jurisdiction conducts a character & fitness investigation to ensure that every applicant possesses the requisite moral character to practice law.
- Ohio: prior C&F approval is required in order to sit for the bar. Please go to the Ohio C&F webpage for details.
- Other jurisdictions: check your jurisdictions bar admissions website for information regarding character & fitness.
Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)
The MPRE is a standardized test administered by ACT on behalf of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).
With the exception of Maryland and Wisconsin, every jurisdiction requires a passing MPRE score for bar admission.
- Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Model Rules of Judicial Conduct.
- In addition, the MPRE may contain questions based on “controlling constitutional decisions and generally accepted principles established in leading federal and state cases and in procedural and evidentiary rules.”
- 60 multiple choice questions (50 scored, 10 non-scored)
- 2 hours, 5 minutes
- Scaled range of 50-150 (100= average)
- Each jurisdiction sets own minimum passing score.
- Ohio- 85.
- Other jurisdictions: California- 86, Illinois- 80, New York- 85, Pennsylvania- 75.
Scores automatically sent to the jurisdiction and available on NCBE website within 5 weeks of exam date.
2016 Test Dates:
3x per year and OSU usually a testing site
- Cost: on-time $84, late: $168
- March 19, 2016
- Registration: on-time: January 28, 2016; late: February 4, 2016.
- August 13, 2016
- Registration: on-time: June 23, 2016; late: June 30, 2016.
- November 5, 2016
- Registration: on-time: September 15, 2016; late: September 22, 2016.