Ohio Bar Exam

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The state of Ohio uses a 3 day exam format that consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”), Ohio Essays and the Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”). State law is tested.

Ohio Essays

The Ohio bar exam consists of 12 state essays. The state essay topics are as follows and should be completed within 30 minutes: (you can find some samples here)

  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnership, Corporations)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial Transactions (Commercial Paper/Secured Transactions)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Legal Ethics
  • Property
  • Torts
  • Wills

MPT (Multi-State Performance Test)
Ohio Bar Exam also includes two (2) MPT performance tests which occur in the second half of the first day of the exam after an afternoon lunch period which follows the essay testing.

MBE (Multiple Choice Bar Exam)
Ohio Bar Exam tests (MBE) is conducted on the second day of the two-day test and consists of a 6-hour time period. Each time period is divided in half so you have 100 questions to answer in the first three hours, followed by a lunch break and then 3 more hours to complete the second 100 questions for a total of 200 questions. The Ohio bar exam test 7 subjects:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (Common Law, Sales/UCC Art. 2)
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Bar Exam Testing Schedule

Day 1

  • First three hours = 6 Ohio Essays
  • Lunch Break
  • Second 3 hours = 2 MPTs

Day 2

  • Morning first 3 hours – MBE Part 1 (100 questions)
  • Lunch Break
  • Afternoon second 3 hours – MBE Part 2 (100 questions)

Day 3

  • 3 hours = 6 Ohio Essays


Ohio bar exam final scores are based on a scalable score. The minimum score to pass is 405. Essays and MPTs are graded on scale of 0-7. The written portion of the bar exam is scaled to the MBE. The essays are nearly twice the weight of the MBE. Passage rates can be found here.

Exam Date               Results

Feb. 21-22, 20XX     May. 11, 20XX

July 24-25, 20XX    Oct. 13, 20XX

Illinois Bar Exam Weighted Scores

MPT 13%
Ohio Essays 53%
MBE 33.3%