Bar Preparation Programs

The School of Law is committed to assisting students to prepare for and pass a bar examination. We continue to expand and develop our bar pass initiative, the Road to Bar Passage, to increase students’ bar exam success.  In July 2013, our first-time bar passage rate for graduates sitting in Ohio was 81%.

While nearly half our graduates sit for the Ohio bar exam each year, the remainder of the class takes the bar exam in numerous other jurisdictions, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, and Florida.

In conjunction with our Academic Success Program, the Road to Bar Passage offers regular labs, exam simulation sessions, and individual counseling. Our bar exam preparation course, offered for credit, helps prepare students to sit for a bar exam in any state.

Support programs we provide throughout your legal education and post-graduation include:

First Year

The School of Law assigns all incoming first-semester students to a Learning Community led by upper level Dean’s Fellows to support the development of Practice Ready Attorneys Committed To Inclusive Community and Excellence (PRACTICE).

  • ASP Skill Building Labs — available to all first-year students on topics designed to ease your transition to law school study and to maximize your potential for success.
  • Individual academic assistance through ASP, evaluation of study habits and developing and implementing expert learning study techniques.
  • Academic Resource Center

Second Year

  • ASP Skill Building Labs — designed to assist students with essay writing, multiple choice questions and the Multi State Performance Test.
  • Individual academic assistance through ASP.
  • Simulated Diagnostic Bar Exam—a voluntary exam providing students an excellent opportunity practice and receive feedback on the multiple choice portion of the bar exam by answering Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) questions. Participants will also practice and received feedback on the essay portion of the bar exam by answering two essay questions and completing one multistate performance test (MPT).
  • Advanced Legal Analysis - LAW 6823 This course is designed to teach students how to apply the law to problems that arise during the course of their legal training and on the bar exam.
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Timely Ohio bar application workshop
  • Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) website, with bibliography and practice materials

Third Year

  • ASP Skill Building Labs — designed to assist students with mastering the necessary skills to be successful on the bar exam.
  • Bar Exam Preparation: Procedure & Practice - LAW 6895.  This two-credit course is designed for students who plan to sit for any bar exam.
  • Individual academic assistance through ASP.
  • Academic Resource Center


  • Support services for all exam question formats
  • Individual counseling (in-person or online)

For More Information

For more information about the Academic Success & Road to Bar Passage Programs, please contact: