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. Starting with the July 2016 bar exam, New York will be administering the UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION. Please visit the UBE from the New York Board of Law Examiners at http://www.nybarexam.org/UBE/UBE.html for more information.
JD New York Bar Examination Application (Certificate of Attendance & Handwriting Specimen)
- 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.
- JD students must complete the “Certificate of Attendance” prior to submitting to the Registrar office.
- 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.
- Both bar coded forms MUST be submitted together to the Registrar's Office (room 4-102) by the last Thursday in January for the February Bar Exam and last Thursday in May for the July Bar Exam. The deadline for submissions for the February Bar is February 1st and the deadline for the July Bar is June 15th.
LLM New York Bar Examination Application (Certificate of Attendance & Handwriting Specimen)
- 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.
- 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.
- Both forms MUST be submitted together to the Registrar's Office (room 4-102) by the last Thursday in January for the February Bar Exam and last Thursday in May for the July Bar Exam. The deadline for submissions for the February Bar is February 1st 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.
- Memorandum for the 50 Hour Pro Bono Requirement for New York State Bar Admission
- Instructions for Juris Doctor applicants completing curriculum questions on bar exam application
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/exams/mpre/.
New York Law Course & New York Law Exam
In conjunction with the adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York, the State Board of Law Examiners was directed by the Court of Appeals to create an on-line course, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and an on-line, open book exam on New York specific law, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE).
As with the MPRE discussed above, a candidate seeking admission in New York must take and pass the NYLC, the NYLE, and earn a passing score on New York’s UBE, prior to being certified to one of our Appellate Division departments for a character and fitness investigation. The NYLE is offered four times a year. For more information visit: http://www.nybarexam.org/Content/CourseMaterials.htm.
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.
The Registrar Office will process the Character and Fitness form and mail directly to the designated department.