Bar Admissions Portal
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.
New Applicants: Click on Create Account using the Bar Admissions Portal. In order to create an account, you must provide the following information:
- NCBE Number: You must have a valid NCBE number. If you do not already have an NCBE number, or if you do not remember your NCBE number, you may obtain the NCBE number at Create Account - NCBE Account (ncbex.org).
- NCBE Barcode Number: You must have already completed an Applicant’s Character Questionnaire in your NCBE account in order to access the Bar Admissions Portal. To find the barcode number, click on “View all Character & Fitness Applications” from the right side of your NCBE dashboard. Choose “View Application” to see your Ohio questionnaire. The barcode is found at the bottom of each page. Be sure you are viewing the correct completed application, which displays the word “FINALIZED” next to the barcode.
- Email Address: You must have a valid email address. Use an email address that you check frequently as most communication will be sent by email. The email address you use should be the email address provided in your account. Do not use a law school email address, as many law schools delete student emails after graduation. Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book to ensure our emails are not filtered as spam.
If you have previously submitted an application for admission by mailing your application to the Office of Bar Admissions, you will now need to use the Bar Admissions Portal to submit an application going forward. Follow the instructions above to create a new account.