Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission

Before completing this application, please review the following:

Rule I of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar

Definitions of Essential Eligibility Requirements

Notice of Preliminary Nature of Application

Decisions Issued by the Supreme Court of Ohio that Relate to Character and Fitness

Every person who intends to take the Uniform Bar Examination (“UBE”) in Ohio must file an Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission to the Practice of Law (“Registration Application”). Pursuant to Rule I of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar, a Registration Application must be filed with the Office of Bar Admissions by Nov. 15 in the applicant’s second year of law school.

Whether an applicant is in their "second year of law school" is determined by the date the applicant began the study of law as certified by the dean. An applicant’s second year of law school is determined by when the applicant begins their second calendar year.  An applicant’s part-time status or the number of credit hours earned is not considered when making this determination.

Late deadlines are established for those who wish to apply after Nov. 15 of their second year of law school. For a February exam, the late deadline is the preceding Aug. 15.  For the July exam, the late deadline is the preceding Jan. 15. Applicants who file a Registration Application after the late deadline will be required to submit a petition and $30 fee.

Filing a Complete Application

Beginning Jan. 26, 2022, all applications for admission to the practice of law in Ohio must be filed using the Bar Admissions Portal. The Office of Bar Admissions will not accept paper applications after this date.

In order to file a Registration Application, you must submit the following:

  1. Certificate of Dean
    A Certificate of Dean executed by the dean of the law school where you first began the study of law. You may mail the original form to our office, or the law school may email the form directly to baradmissions@sc.ohio.gov
  2. Undergraduate Transcript
    A certified transcript of college credits evidencing that you earned a bachelor’s degree or a certificate from the dean of the law school you are attending, certifying that you are participating in a three-plus-three program must be submitted.  You may mail the original transcript to our office, or the institution may email the transcript directly to transcripts@sc.ohio.gov. NOTE: We do not require a transcript from each institution you attended, only from the institution that awarded a bachelor’s degree.
  3. Applicant’s NCBE Character Questionnaire
    Before submitting an application, you must create an account with the National Conference of Bar Examinations (“NCBE”) and complete the Applicant’s Character Questionnaire. The NCBE number and barcode number are required to create an account on the Bar Admissions Portal.
  4. Fingerprint Identification Card with Fingerprint Card form
    An original fingerprint identification card and the form must be mailed to the Office of Bar Admissions. You may not upload this document. The applicant and the law enforcement official taking the prints must sign the fingerprint card.
  5. 7A Authorization and Release Form
    The release form must be properly executed and uploaded on the Bar Admissions Portal.
  6. Non-refundable registration fee in the amount of $75 or, if the application is filed late, a non-refundable registration fee of $275.
    The Supreme Court of Ohio registration fee is determined by the date you first began the study of law.  If your application is filed by Nov. 15 of your second calendar year of law school, the fee is $75.  If filed after your second calendar year of law school, the fee is $275.
  7. If applicable, foreign course-by-course education evaluation completed by either WES or ECE and non-refundable fee of $150.  Please refer to the Guidelines for Foreign Education Evaluation for more information.  Guidelines for Foreign Education Evaluation
  8. If applicable, supplemental documentation.
  9. If applicable, petition and non-refundable fee of $30.

Fee Payment

Applicants must pay all Supreme Court of Ohio application fees on the Bar Admissions Portal at the time an application is submitted. Supreme Court of Ohio fees are non-refundable or transferable. Applicants must pay all NCBE application fees to the NCBE directly. The fee schedule for the NCBE can be found here: Ohio Character and Fitness Investigations.

Additional Required Documents

All applicants must submit an NCBE Authorization and Release form directly to the NCBE.  If applicable, the following forms may need to be submitted to the NCBE: 7B Authorization to Release Medical Information, 7C Authorization to Release Information, and Law Enforcement Form.  If the additional forms are required, they will generate when you finalize your Applicant’s Character Questionnaire.

Failure to submit these forms to the NCBE timely will delay your investigation.

Practice Pending Admission Application

If you are admitted and in good standing in another jurisdiction, you may be eligible for practice pending admission.  If you wish to apply for practice pending admission, please submit the application on the Bar Admissions Portal following your submission of the Registration Application. Materials for the Application for Certification to Practice Pending Admission.

Additional Admissions Information

The NCBE will conduct a background investigation upon receipt of a complete application. Once the NCBE submits the results of its investigation, the application and the NCBE report will be forwarded to a local bar association to conduct a personal interview. The admissions committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness concerning the applicant’s character, fitness, and moral qualifications to practice. An applicant may appeal an adverse recommendation to the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness.

Applicants have a continuous reporting obligation while their application is pending, unless and until the applicant is admitted to the practice of law. The applicant is required to notify the Office of Bar Admissions in writing of any changes or updates to an application. Applicant may amend their application on the Bar Admissions Portal or by emailing baradmissions@sc.ohio.gov.

Under Gov. Bar R. I, Sec. 3, you are also required to file an Application to Take the Bar Examination.  That application is due by:

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Bar Admissions at 614.387.9340 or baradmissions@sc.ohio.gov.

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