Ohio Bar Examination

Bar Examination Laptop Program

The Ohio Board of Bar Examiners is permitting the use of laptop computers to answer the written (essay and MPT) portions of the February 2017 Ohio bar examination. Use of a laptop is optional. Applicants who choose to answer the written portion of the exam on a laptop must use their own laptop computers with ExamSoft’s SofTest™ software technology. This technology provides a word processing function during the exam while blocking access to all other programs, files, and the Internet. Applicants will be required to connect to the Internet on Tuesday and Thursday following the exam to upload their exam answers. A nonrefundable $121 fee is required to register with ExamSoft for use of your laptop at the exam.

The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Apple’s newest laptop computer which came out in November 2016, is NOT permitted by Ohio for the February 2017 Bar Examination. If you downloaded the software for the upcoming exam on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you MUST re-install the software on a compatible computer. Re-installation will be FREE OF CHARGE. If you bring a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to the examination, you will NOT be permitted to use it. The computer will be removed from your desk and you will be required to hand write the answers to the written portion of the examination. We therefore urge you to give this matter your prompt attention. In order to re-download Softest on a different computer, call ExamSoft’s support line at 866.429.8889.

Laptop registration for the February 2017 exam opens on Jan. 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. (EST) and closes on Feb. 1, 2017 at 4 p.m. (EST).


Before you are qualified to sit for an exam, you must satisfy all of the pre-exam conditions required in Gov. Bar R. I (e.g., receive final character and fitness approval, file certifications that you received a J.D. and had instruction on substance abuse). You should not construe registration for use of your laptop as confirmation that you have satisfied these conditions and qualify to sit for the exam. Qualified applicants will receive confirmation of their eligibility to sit, along with their exam instructions, approximately two weeks before the exam.

For more information about the requirements for using a laptop at the bar exam, visit: www.examsoft.com/ohbar.

Board of Bar Examiners

Rules of the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners

Bar Examination Results February 2017and past results

Bar Examination Law School Tabulations

Outline of Subjects Tested on Essay Portion of Ohio Bar Examination - November 2002
Multistate Bar Examination
Multistate Performance Test

Bar Examination Essay Questions

Notice to Veterans

The February and July 2017 bar examinations will be administered at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio.

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