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Admission Applications

NOTICE: Beginning Jan. 26, 2022, all applications for admission to the practice of law in Ohio must be filed using the Bar Admissions Portal. Applications filed via paper will not be accepted after this date.

Before submitting an application for admission, please click the below link for instructions and carefully review the requirements.

Bar Admissions Portal

Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission

NOTE: All persons who wish to sit for the Uniform Bar Examination in Ohio must first file an Application to Register as a Candidate.


Application to Take the Bar Examination

NOTE: The Office of Bar Admissions does not process applications to take a bar exam until the previous exam has been administered.


Re-examination Application

NOTE: The Office of Bar Admissions does not process applications to take a bar exam until the previous exam has been administered.


Application for Admission by UBE Transfer Score

NOTE: An applicant may transfer a UBE score if they have earned a UBE score that meets or exceeds the minimum score of 270 required by the Board of Bar Examiners and meets all other requirements listed in the Rule.


Application for Admission Without Examination

NOTE: Pursuant to Gov. Bar R. I, Section 10, an attorney who is admitted to the practice of law in another jurisdiction may be eligible for admission to the Ohio Bar without examination, if all the of the requirements are met and the Supreme Court approves the application.


Application for Certification to Practice Pending Admission

NOTE: If certain requirements are met, an out-of-state attorney may practice Ohio law if that attorney is eligible for admission to the Ohio bar and has applied for admission to the practice of law in Ohio.


Military Spouse Attorneys Admission

NOTE: Pursuant to Gov. Bar R. I, Section 18, an attorney present in Ohio who is the spouse of an active service member of the United States Armed Forces assigned to a military installation within Ohio may be eligible for temporary admission to the practice of law in Ohio.


Temporary Certification

NOTE: Pursuant to Gov. Bar R. 9, a person not admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, but admitted and in good standing as an attorney at law in the highest court of another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States, may become certified to temporarily practice law in this state if that person satisfies all of the requirements listed in the Rule and is employed by or associated with a legal services or public defender program that provides legal services solely to indigent clients, or is employed as a supervising attorney in a criminal or poverty law and litigation program administered by an Ohio law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association..


Foreign Legal Consultant

NOTE: Pursuant to Gov. Bar R. 11, a person may apply for a foreign legal consultant certificate if that person has been admitted to the practice of law in a foreign county or political subdivision as an attorney or counselor of law and has been in good standing as an attorney or counselor of law for at least four of the six years immediately preceding the person’s application for a Foreign Legal Consultant Certificate and meets all of the requirements listed in the Rule.

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