On August 14th, the Ohio Supreme Court announced it will begin using the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and the first test administration will be July 2020. Those graduating in 2019 will still take the Ohio-specific exam.
Ohio joins more than 30 other jurisdictions already using the UBE. The UBE is coordinated by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and is a uniformly administered, graded, and scored bar exam. This will allow lawyers to transfer exam scores from other UBE jurisdictions to Ohio and vice versa. Ohio will recognize acceptable UBE scores for five years post-exam but no date has been set for when this will begin nor has Ohio announced the minimum passing score.
Having a passing UBE score is only one component of being licensed in Ohio. Applicants will still have to meet other requirements including having a passing MPRE score and going through the full character and fitness process.