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Bar Information

* Due to precautions being taken by the University in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Bar forms will be accepted by the Office of the Registrar in electronic format.  Please scan/email your completed and signed bar form to registrar@law.fordham.edu.

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.  

Amendments to Law School Application

Spring 2020 (COVID-19) Updates:

Registration. The application period for the September bar exam will be open from Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:00 A.M. until Friday, May 15 at 11:59 P.M. for any J.D. or LL.M. candidate who is sitting for the bar exam for the first time and who has graduated (or will graduate in Spring 2020).
Handwriting Sample. The Board is waiving the handwriting sample typically required at the time of application.  
Distance Learning. The Court of Appeals issued a programmatic waiver of distance learning limitations to enable law students to continue their coursework virtually during the Spring 2020 academic term. Pursuant to that waiver, any classroom-based course that was converted to a virtual course as a result of the public health crisis will count fully as a classroom-based course – not a distance education course. In completing the Certificate of Attendance forms, you may exclude courses covered by the waiver – meaning, any classroom-based course that was converted to distance learning during the Spring 2020 term due to the pandemic. Please continue to include credit hours earned in distance learning courses prior to the Spring 2020 term as well as credit hours earned in Spring 2020 courses that were administered from the outset as distance learning courses. 
Applications for Testing Accommodations. Completed applications for testing accommodations on the September bar exam and all supporting documentation must be filed by Tuesday, June 1, 2020. 

New York Bar Application Filing

Applications for the September bar examination must be filed with the NYS BOLE
(http://www.nybarexam.org/forms/forms.htm) between May 5 and May 15.
Applications for the February examination must be filed between November 1 and November 30. 
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)

  1. The Board of Examiners will email each student their “Certificate of Attendance” form. The form will contain the student’s personal Bar Code and BOLE number.
  2. The Board of Examiners will email also email our office a copy of your prepopulated form.  We will complete the form and notify students via email once the process is completed. 

LLM 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). Students must complete sections 1-11 before emailing it to the Registrar's Office (registrar@law.fordham.edu).
  2. If students have any questions regarding sections 1-11, please contact the LLM Office. The completed form must be emailed to the Registrar's Office (registrar@law.fordham.edu) the third Monday in May for the September Bar Exam. The deadline for submissions for the February Bar is February 1st.

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/exams/mpre/.

NCBE wants all prospective MPRE candidates to know about some important changes for the 2020 MPRE. 

  1. The test will be administered on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, 2020. The MPRE is no longer administered during a single two-hour period on Saturday. Instead, students will select one of several two-hour appointment times on one of the two weekday test dates. There will also be weekday administrations for the August and October MPRE administrations.
  2. The test will be administered on a computer at a Pearson VUE testing center. This is a new location compared to past administrations. Students will select a testing center when they schedule their test appointment.
  3. The registration deadline is February 12, 2020. There is no late registration deadline. The earlier students register with NCBE and schedule their appointment with Pearson VUE, the more likely they will be to get an appointment with their desired location, date, and test time.
  4. If students plan to test in March and will be seeking accommodations under the ADA, they should apply for accommodations as soon as possible to allow us time to review their application. Those applying for accommodations should check their NCBE

File Cabinets frequently for updates on their accommodations applications. Any questions should be directed to NCBE at 608.280.8550 or by email to mpreregistration@ncbex.org (for questions about registration) or mpre.ada@ncbex.org (for
questions about accommodations).

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 Form Law School Certificate 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, date and sign.  On the second page, indicate the department to which you are applying for admission.

The Registrar's Office will process the Form Law School Certificate and send it directly to the designated department.

Law School Registrar

Fordham University School of Law
Office of the Registrar

Tel: 212-636-6800

Email: registrar@law.fordham.edu