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Ohio Bar Exam Logistics

A guide to Ohio Bar Exam logistics (updated 7/1/2021)

Application to Take the Exam

Please see the Ohio Supreme Court's Bar Admissions Website for detailed information.

Your application packet will contain:

  1. Examination Application, which lists all the information you must include.
  2. Original and one copy of an Applicant’s Supplemental Character Questionnaire, typed and properly executed
    • This is form #6 on the Bar Admissions website.
    • It must be notarized. DO NOT sign before you meet with the notary.
    • Jennifer Hines in the Academic Services Office can notarize bar application forms between the hours of 9:00a.m - 2:00 p.m.  SaraJean Petite in the Law Library is also a notary.
  3. a properly executed Applicant’s Affidavit
    • This is form #11 on the Bar Admissions website.
    • It must be notarized. DO NOT sign before you meet with the notary.
  4. a Law School Character Certificate
    • This is form #12 on the Bar Admissions website.
    • Complete the shaded areas and deliver the unsigned form to the Academic Services Offices for Certification. 
    • Allow three business days for Academic Services to complete and return the form to you. (See Jay Ruffner's e-mail for the processing schedule.)
    • Academic Services will return the form to your mail folder.  (They reserve the right to send the certificate directly to the Supreme Court. If they do this, they will notify you that they are doing it.)
  5. Certified checks or money orders for fees (see "Examination Application" document for details)
  6. If you answered yes to questions 10(a), 10(b), or 12(a), there are additional forms you must submit. Please see the Bar Admissions website for details.

The Academic Services Office needs:

  1. Final Law School Certificate
    • This is form #13 on the Bar Admissions website.
    • The Law School certifies this form and mails it to the Ohio Supreme Court immediately after you graduate.
    • Type your name on the form, print it, and submit it to the Academic Services Office