Lawyers May Have Fewer Restrictions When Avoiding Ohio Bar Exam

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Lawyers practicing in other states and seeking to practice in Ohio are able to avoid taking the bar exam, provided they promise to give up their practice elsewhere; that may change under a rule being considered by the Ohio Supreme Court.

The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment until September 4 on a proposed rule that would eliminate the requirement for attorneys seeking admission without examination from declaring their intent to practice law in Ohio.

If adopted, the change would strip the language from Rule I, Section 9 of the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio.

A working group had found that a few states prohibited Ohio attorneys from seeking admission without examination in their jurisdictions because they believe Ohio’s rules were too restrictive on their attorneys seeking admission in Ohio.

The group concluded that a less restrictive motion rule would benefit Ohio attorneys and better protect the public by encouraging attorneys to seek permanent admission in Ohio.