Office of Bar Admissions
Office of Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
Gina White Palmer, Esq.
JULY 2020 BAR EXAM POSTPONED
Due to the ongoing public health concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court of Ohio is postponing the July Bar Examination until September 9 and 10.
In all discussions regarding the Bar Exam, The Supreme Court of Ohio is working with public health officials to monitor and assess proper safety measures for exam administration. Additional information regarding both the particulars of the Bar Exam, and changes to Practice Pending Admission during the Admission to the Practice of Law Process for recent law school graduates, will be forthcoming.
Applications to sit for the July Bar Examination will automatically be rolled over to the September Bar Examination. The deadlines for submitting an application to take the bar examination and the re-examination application remain the same. If an applicant wants to withdraw from the September bar examination, they need to contact the Office of Bar Admissions by email at BarAdmissions@sc.ohio.gov to withdraw their application to sit for the bar exam, and the application fee will be refunded. If the application is withdrawn, the applicant will not be able be able to apply at a later date to sit for this administration of the examination.
APPLICATION TO TAKE BAR EXAM EXTENDED
The April 1 deadline to submit the Application to take the Bar Examination has been extended again to May 1, 2020. This deadline will be reassessed as the deadline approaches.Character and fitness hearings are considered an essential court function, and will continue as scheduled. If you have any concerns, please contact the Chair of your panel.
LATE FEE WAIVED
The Court has decided that the Office of Bar Admissions will waive the $100 late fee for any application to take the July 2020 bar examination received afer May 1, 2020 until May 10, 2020. Refunds will be issued for any late fee received.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020, THE OFFICE OF BAR ADMISSIONS WILL NOT ACCEPT AN APPLICATION TO TAKE THE JULY 2020 BAR EXAMINATION IF AN APPLICANT HAS NOT ALREADY SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION TO REGISTER AS A CANDIDATE.
Due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, the Court has also decided that the May 11, 2020 Bar Admissions Ceremony will not be conducted in person, but by remote technology and there will not be a reception afterwards at the Supreme Court of Ohio. The ceremony will, however, still take place as scheduled on May 11 at 1 p.m. Those successful applicants on the February 2020 bar examination will receive further details about the ceremony when the results are released and more specific information will be posted on the Court’s website once the details have been finalized.
The impact the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will have on the July 2020 Uniform Bar Examination is not certain at this time. We are in close contact with the National Conference of Bar Examiners and other jurisdictions as we all consider possible options for the July exam in the event that bar admission office closures or prohibitions against large gatherings remain in effect. Please continue to monitor this website for updated information. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Article IV, Section 2(B)(1)(g) of the Ohio Constitution grants the Supreme Court of Ohio exclusive jurisdiction to regulate admission to the practice of law in Ohio. The Supreme Court exercises this jurisdiction pursuant to Rule I of the Rules for the Government of the Bar, which establishes requirements for admission to the practice of law. Each applicant for admission must demonstrate that he or she possesses the requisite character, fitness, and moral qualifications for admission. Once an applicant's character, fitness, and moral qualifications are approved, most applicants must take and pass the Ohio bar examination, which is administered in February and July each year. An applicant who is admitted to the practice of law in another state may be eligible for admission without examination and practice pending admission.
The Office of Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court oversees the admissions process and supports the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness and the Board of Bar Examiners. The Office also administers Court rules that govern the Uniform Bar Examination, admission of military spouse attorneys, the limited practice of law by legal interns, the temporary certification of non-Ohio attorneys to work in legal aid, public defender, or law school clinic programs, and the limited practice of law by foreign legal consultants.
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