Ohio Bar Examination

Bar Examination Laptop Program

The Ohio Board of Bar Examiners is permitting the use of laptop computers to answer the written (essay and MPT) portions of the July 2017 Ohio bar examination. Use of a laptop is optional. Applicants who choose to answer the written portion of the exam on a laptop must use their own laptop computers with ExamSoft’s SofTest™ software technology. This technology provides a word processing function during the exam while blocking access to all other programs, files, and the Internet. Applicants will be required to connect to the Internet on Tuesday and Thursday following the exam to upload their exam answers. A nonrefundable $121 fee is required to register with ExamSoft for use of your laptop at the exam.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Windows 10 Creators, a new version of Microsoft’s operating system has been released in a phased release.  ExamSoft currently does not support the Windows 10 Creators operating system as it does not meet ExamSoft’s minimum system requirements. We strongly recommend that you not use a Windows 10 Creator laptop. If you nevertheless choose to use the operating system, you must be capable of performing the workaround. The Board of Bar Examiners will not be responsible for any laptop issues you may have as a result of your use of the Windows 10 Creators operating system.

Laptop registration for the July 2017 exam opens on June 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. (EST) and closes on July 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. (EST).

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Before you are qualified to sit for an exam, you must satisfy all of the pre-exam conditions required in Gov. Bar R. I (e.g., receive final character and fitness approval, file certifications that you received a J.D. and had instruction on substance abuse). You should not construe registration for use of your laptop as confirmation that you have satisfied these conditions and qualify to sit for the exam. Qualified applicants will receive confirmation of their eligibility to sit, along with their exam instructions, approximately two weeks before the exam.

For more information about the requirements for using a laptop at the bar exam, visit: www.examsoft.com/ohbar.

Board of Bar Examiners

Rules of the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners

Bar Examination Results July 2017 and past results

Bar Examination Law School Tabulations

Outline of Subjects Tested on Essay Portion of Ohio Bar Examination - November 2002
Multistate Bar Examination
Multistate Performance Test

Bar Examination Essay Questions

Notice to Veterans

The February and July 2017 bar examinations will be administered at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio.

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