Office of Bar Admissions
Office of Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
Gina White Palmer, Esq.
October 2020 Bar Examination
The Supreme Court of Ohio held a remote bar examination Oct. 5-6, 2020. For applicants who recently took the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination, further information regarding the Ohio Law Component (OLC) will be emailed to you by Oct. 9, 2020. A passing score of 80% on the OLC is required for admission.
Results for the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination will be released at 7 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2020. These results will be posted on our website, and applicants may call our office to check their results.Due to continuing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, the Court has decided that the Dec. 14, 2020 Bar Admissions Ceremony will be conducted via remote technology and there will not be a reception afterwards at the Supreme Court of Ohio. Those successful applicants on the October 2020 bar examination will receive further details about the ceremony when the results are released and more specific information will be posted on the Court’s website once the details have been finalized.
Feburary 2021 Bar Examination
Please be advised, at this time the format of the February 2021 bar examination has not been determined. Applicants who are interested in taking the February 2021 bar examination should be prepared for the possibility that the examination may be administered either in-person or using remote technology. Further information regarding the February 2021 bar examination will be released as soon as possible. Applicants requesting accommodations to take the February 2021 bar examination should provide specifics regarding their requests for both formats.
Article IV, Section 2(B)(1)(g) of the Ohio Constitution grants the Supreme Court of Ohio exclusive jurisdiction to regulate admission to the practice of law in Ohio. The Supreme Court exercises this jurisdiction pursuant to Rule I of the Rules for the Government of the Bar, which establishes requirements for admission to the practice of law. Each applicant for admission must demonstrate that he or she possesses the requisite character, fitness, and moral qualifications for admission. Once an applicant's character, fitness, and moral qualifications are approved, most applicants must take and pass the Ohio bar examination, which is administered in February and July each year. An applicant who is admitted to the practice of law in another state may be eligible for admission without examination and practice pending admission.
The Office of Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court oversees the admissions process and supports the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness and the Board of Bar Examiners. The Office also administers Court rules that govern the Uniform Bar Examination, admission of military spouse attorneys, the limited practice of law by legal interns, the temporary certification of non-Ohio attorneys to work in legal aid, public defender, or law school clinic programs, and the limited practice of law by foreign legal consultants.
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