Military Spouse Attorneys Admission

Effective July 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio adopted Gov. Bar R. I, Section 16, Military Spouse Attorneys Admission. Pursuant to Section 16, an attorney present in Ohio who is the spouse of an active service member of the United States Armed Forces assigned to a military installation within Ohio may be eligible for temporary admission to the practice of law in Ohio. Upon filing a completed application that demonstrates the applicant's eligibility, the Office of Bar Admissions shall issue the applicant a provisional temporary admission to the practice of law in Ohio as a military spouse attorney. The provisional temporary admission shall expire upon the approval or disapproval of the applicant pursuant to Section 16(D). The authority of a military spouse attorney temporarily licensed to practice law in Ohio shall automatically terminate upon the occurrence of any of the events noted in Section 16(F).

Instructions
Application Process
Application Materials

Instructions

Before you complete this application, you should read Rule I of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar.

You may apply for admission to the practice of law in Ohio as a military spouse if you meet all of the criteria listed in Gov. Bar R. I, Sec. 16(A). Please review these criteria before downloading and completing the application forms.

Your Application for Military Spouse Attorneys Admission must be filed with the Office of Bar Admissions and include all of the following:

  1. the affidavit required under Section 16, Division (B)(1), executed on the form provided (i.e., Affidavit of Applicant);
  2. a hardcopy of the completed Applicant's Questionnaire, printed and properly executed, and a copy of the Questionnaire;
  3. three original (separately executed) National Conference of Bar Examiners (“NCBE”) Authorization and Release forms;
  4. a Certificate of Admission by Bar Examination as an attorney at law from the jurisdiction from which you are seeking admission demonstrating that you have taken and passed a bar examination and have been admitted to the practice of law in that jurisdiction.
  5. a certificate of good standing from each jurisdiction in which you are admitted to practice law, dated no earlier than 60 days prior to submission of the application;
  6. evidence of receipt of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (i.e., an original certificate or official transcript from the college or university);
  7. evidence of receipt of a law degree from an ABA approved law school (i.e., an original certificate or official transcript from the law school);
  8. a copy of your spouse's United States Military Orders, establishing that your spouse is in Ohio due to military orders;
  9. a copy of your marriage certificate;
  10. a non-refundable application fee in the amount of $75, by certified check or money order made payable to the Supreme Court of Ohio; and
  11. a non-refundable fee, by separate certified check or money order, for an NCBE character investigation and report in the amount indicated on the “Request for Preparation of a Character Report” made payable to the NCBE.

Forms (Items 1-4)
All of the forms needed for completion of items 1 through 4 are available for download or online completion. If you download and print blank forms, the information you provide on these must be typed. Please note that the National Conference of Bar Examiners (“NCBE”) Authorization and Release forms will print with your completed Character Questionnaire.

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The Application Process

As you prepare your application, please note the following:

If your application is incomplete when submitted, it will not be accepted and part or all of it will be returned to you for completion. An application is deemed incomplete if it does not have the necessary documents attached; if any portion of it is not properly executed; if it is missing the appropriate fee(s); if any portion of it is missing; or if any questions are unanswered, incompletely answered or missing any required details.

After your application is filed, you will have a continuous reporting obligation and must notify the Office of Bar Admissions in writing of any changes or additions to the information provided in your application.

Upon receipt of your complete application, the Office of Bar Admissions will issue to you a provisional temporary admission to the practice of law in Ohio as a military spouse attorney. The Office of Bar Admissions will forward your Applicant's Questionnaire to the National Conference of Bar Examiners ("NCBE") in Madison, Wisconsin. The NCBE will verify your background information, check character references and provide additional background review.

When the NCBE submits the results of its investigation to the court, your application and the NCBE report will be forwarded to the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness, which shall review the report and the application. The Board may request additional information or materials from you and may conduct a personal interview to determine your character, fitness, and moral qualifications to practice law. The Board may recommend you be approved as possessing the requisite character, fitness, and moral qualifications for admission or may submit a recommendation to the Court as to your disapproval in accordance with Section 12 of this rule. Your provisional temporary admission to the practice of law shall expire upon your approval or disapproval by the Board.

To better understand the character and fitness process in Ohio, you should consult Rule I, Supreme Court of Ohio decisions that address character and fitness issues, and the Definition of Essential Eligibility Requirements for the Practice of Law.

Your authority as a military spouse temporarily licensed to practice law in Ohio shall automatically terminate upon the occurrence of any of the events noted in Section 16(F).

If you have any questions regarding your application or any of the provisions of Rule I, contact the Office of Bar Admissions at 614.387.9352. Applications, application updates, and correspondence should be mailed to the Bar Admissions Counsel at the following address:

Office of Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

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