Recognizing lawyers who go above and beyond.

Membership in the Ohio Bar College is reserved for those OSBA members who complete at least 24 hours of continuing legal education in one calendar year. OBLIC is proud to continue the tradition of the Ohio Bar College and has assumed administration of the program from the OSBA beginning with the class of 2019.

Recognition & Savings

The main objective of the Ohio Bar College is to provide recognition for those lawyers and judges who have exceeded the required hours of continuing legal education each year.

In recognition of that achievement, Ohio Bar College Members receive a 15% discount on OBLIC insurance policies (Full-time policies only).

Eligibility

All attorney members of the Ohio State Bar Association are eligible to become members of the College.

CLE Hours

You can become a member of the College by earning 24 hours of CLE in one calendar year. After becoming a member of the College, membership is maintained by earning a total of 24 hours of CLE per calendar year in all subsequent years for which membership is desired. Only those courses and corresponding CLE credits approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on CLE will be accepted for Bar College membership. Out of state CLE can qualify so long as it is approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on CLE for Ohio credit, and appears on the attorney’s Ohio CLE transcript.

Completed Application Forms

A completed form showing CLE hours is required for each year membership is requested.

Attendance Records

An OSBA member who wants to qualify for the Ohio Bar College membership shall report yearly the relevant CLE programs attended, dates, locations, course titles, sponsors and hours of credits earned. The Bar College retains the right to audit the records submitted. Only those course sponsors which are approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on CLE will be accepted by the Bar College.

Applicants must report their CLE hours, as required by Rule X for the Governance of the Bar, to the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on CLE at the following address:

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Commission on Continuing Legal Education
  • Ohio Judicial Center
  • 65 S. Front St.
  • Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
  • (614) 387-9320

Ohio Bar College Deadline

Once 24 CLE credit hours are earned in one calendar year, applicants have until April 15 the following year to send completed applications to OBLIC. Applications received after April 15 must include a $10 late processing fee, and applications for that year will not be accepted after December 31. No carryover CLE credit hours will be accepted.

Example: 2018 Bar College application due: April 15, 2019 (applications received after April 15 must include a $10 late fee).

2018 applications not accepted after December 31, 2019.

Attorneys who qualify are encouraged to apply for recognition:

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