Bar Information

State Bar Examination

State Bar Examination: Most states administer the bar examinations the last week of February and the last week of July, with applications due approximately 4 months prior to the exam. Students must be aware of other states submission requirements and deadlines. The National Conference of Bar Examiners (http://www.ncbex.org) publishes an annual guide of the Bar Admission Requirements, please check the state in which you plan to practice for its rules and deadlines.

New York Bar Application Filing

Applications for the July bar examination must be filed with the NYS BOLE
(http://www.nybarexam.org/forms/forms.htm) between April 1 and April 30. Applications for the February examination must be filed between November 1 and November 30.

J.D. New York Bar Examination Application (Certificate of Attendance & Handwriting Specimen)

  1. The Board of Examiners will email each student their “Certificate of Attendance” and “Handwriting Specimen” form. These forms will contain the student’s personal Bar Code and BOLE number.
  2. J.D. students must complete the “Certificate of Attendance” prior to submitting to the Registrar office.
  3. Students MUST bring the Handwriting Specimen form to the Registrar Office and complete in the presence of one of the registrar staff. Please do NOT complete the handwriting form in advance.
  4. Both bar coded forms MUST be submitted together to the Registrar's Office (room 10) by December 17th for the February Bar Exam and May 22 for the July Bar Exam. The deadline for submissions for the February Bar is January 15th and the deadline for the July Bar is June 15th.

LL.M. New York Bar Examination Application (Certificate of Attendance & Handwriting Specimen)

  1. Students must download their “Certificate of Attendance” from the Board of Examiners website (http://www.nybarexam.org/forms/forms.htm). (The Certificate of Attendance will not have a bar code) Students must complete this certificate.
  2. The Board of Examiners will email each student their Handwriting Specimen form. This form will contain the student’s personal Bar Code and BOLE number. Students MUST bring the handwriting form to the Registrar Office and complete in the presence of one of the registrar staff.
  3. Both forms MUST be submitted together to the Registrar's Office (room 10) by December 17th for the February Bar Exam and May 22 for the July Bar Exam.  The deadline for submissions for the February Bar is January 15th and the deadline for the July Bar is June 15th.

New York State 50 Hour Pro Bono

The requirement must be satisfied before filing an application for admission. Some or all of the 50 hours can be earned after graduation (including after taking the bar exam), but before filing for admission.  Please visit http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/probono/baradmissionreqs.shtml for more information.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)

New York requires the MPRE.  The exam is administered in November, March, and August of each year. Applicants must take and pass the MPRE within 3 years either before or after passing the New York Bar Examination, measured from the date the applicant sat for each exam.   For more information visit http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre.

Application for Admission to Practice as an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law in the State of New York

Once applicants pass the NYS Bar they must complete the Application for Admission to Practice as an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law in the State of NY form and submit to the Registrar's Office.

The Law School Certificate Form must be obtained online from the New York State Bar Examiners website, located at http://www.nybarexam.org/Admission/AdmissionMultiDeptPacket.htm.  Applicants must complete the first page and sign.  On the second page, indicate the department applying for admission.

Submit completed form to the Registrar.  PDF completed forms should be emailed to lrichardson@law.fordham.edu.

The Registrar Office will process the Character and Fitness form and mail directly to the designated department.

Law School Registrar

Fordham University School of Law
Office of the Registrar
150 West 62nd Street, Room 4-102, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6800

Fax: 212-636-6982

Email: registrar@law.fordham.edu