Application to Take the Bar Examination

This Web page contains all of the documents required to complete an Application to Take the Bar Examination.

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Read all of the instructions before proceeding:

How to use these files
Other requirements
Filing your completed application
Download the files


How to use these files

Documents 6 through 14 are are fillable PDF forms. You must use the free Acrobat® Reader to fill out and print the application forms. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to visit the Acrobat download page.

The forms contain form fields that permit the entry of requested information. Only the entered text that you actually see within each field is the text that will print. If a field is not large enough to display your response, attach a separate sheet or sheets, referencing the form and the question number and part. Some of the form fields have the ability to accept two lines of information within the form field.

Follow these guidelines when filling out these forms:

Other requirements

Before being admitted to the practice of law in Ohio by examination, an applicant must take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). An applicant may take the MPRE at any time before or after taking the Ohio bar examination. Applicants should make arrangements for taking the MPRE directly with the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Applications to take the MPRE are available from either of the following:

Information regarding the MPRE can be obtained from the following:

The MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination) Information Booklet

Ohio Component

Filing your completed application

After completing the forms on this web page, print the forms, and then execute the documents. Please note that your signature on some of the documents must be notarized. Only executed originals will be accepted for filing; electronic filings are not acceptable. If you have questions about the forms, please contact the Supreme Court Bar Admissions Office at 614.387.9340 or 614.387.9350.

Download the files

Document Name Notice
  1. Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio - Rule I. Admission to the Practice of Law
  2. Instructions to Applicants for the Ohio Bar Examination
  3. Ohio Board of Bar Examiners Policy on Applicants with Disabilities
  4. The MBE (Multistate Bar Examination)
  5. The MPT (Multistate Performance Test)
These documents contain important information you must read before completing your application.
  1. Applicant's Supplemental Character Questionnaire
    To be completed by applicant
  2. Authorization to Release Medical Information
    To be completed by applicant if answering yes to Question 10(a) or (b)
  3. Description of Condition or Impairment
    To be completed by applicant if answering yes to Question 10(a) or (b)
  4. Authorization to Release Information
    To be completed by applicant if answering yes to Question 12(a)
  5. Examination Application
    To be completed by applicant
  6. Applicant's Affidavit
    To be completed by applicant
  7. Law School Character Certificate
    To be completed by applicant's law school
  8. Final Law School Certificate
    To be completed by applicant's law school
  9. Substance Abuse Instruction Certificate
    To be signed by a continuing legal education sponsor if the dean or associate dean of your law school cannot certify that you have received at least one hour of instruction
  10. Petition for Waiver of the Registration Application Deadline
    To be completed by applicant if petitioning the Court for a waiver of the Registration Application deadline
  11. Ohio Law Component
You must use the free Acrobat® Reader to fill out and print the application forms. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to visit the Acrobat download page.

Practice Pending Admission Documents for Download

  1. Application for Certification to Practice Pending Admission
  2. Certification
  3. Affidavit of Ohio Attorney (required if practicing Ohio law)
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