LegalSpeak: Ohio Supreme Court Governing Bar Rule 1. Admission to the Practice of Law

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Section 1. General Requirements.

To be admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, an applicant shall satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • (A) Be at least twenty-one years of age;

  • (B) Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in accordance with any of the following:

    • (1) Prior to admission to law school;

    • (2) Subsequent to admission to law school, through completion of courses and credits other than those received in law school, if the applicant has made a record of academic achievement that is satisfactory to the Court and receives Court approval;

    • (3) From participation in a joint bachelor’s/law degree program that has been reviewed and approved by the Court, requires at least seven years of full-time study, and results in the award of both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree;

  • (C) Have earned a J.D. or an L.L.B. degree from a law school that was approved by the American Bar Association at the time the degree was earned or, if not located in the United States, from a law school evaluated and approved in accordance with Section 2(C) or Section 9(C)(13) of this rule; to the practice of law and have been approved as to character, fitness, and moral qualifications under procedures provided in this rule; …

  • (D) Prior to taking the Ohio bar examination or being admitted without examination pursuant to Section 9 of this rule, have demonstrated that the applicant possesses the requisite character, fitness, and moral qualifications for admission;

  • (E) Have passed both the Ohio bar examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, or have been approved for admission without examination pursuant to Section 9 of this rule;

  • (F) Have taken the oath of office pursuant to Section 8(A) of this rule….


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