It is the student's responsibility to complete all work and meet all graduation requirements and be aware of all Bar Exam and admission requirements. Students graduating in September or January should contact the Office of Academic Services for the deadline of completion of work for prior semesters.
For general information about state bar examinations, visit the American Bar Association website.
For information about state bar requirements, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.
Find out about Qualifications for Admission to the Bar.
BAR EXAM CHECKLIST:
|Before admission to a State Bar||
1) MPRE Exam (March/August/November)
*We strongly encourage students enrolled in the Pro Bono Scholars Program to take the MPRE in November at the latest.
2) Uniform Bar Examination for New York State
Upon recommendation of the Advisory Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), the New York Court of Appeals adopted the UBE effective with the July 2016 administration of the New York State bar examination. The Advisory Committee also recommended, and the Court of Appeals adopted, a requirement that applicants for admission in New York be required to complete an online course on New York law and take and pass an online examination on New York law, as a requirement for admission. The report of the Advisory Committee is available on its website at http://www.nycourts.gov/ip/bar-exam/.
The Uniform Bar Examination Informational Guide is available on The New York State Board of Law Examiners website, http://www.nybarexam.org/UBE/UBE.html.
New York Law Course (NYLC)
New York Law Exam (NYLE)
3) 50 Hour Pro Bono Requirement for the New York State Bar
Beginning in January 2013, a new rule affecting bar admission in New York will be in effect. All candidates seeking admission after January 1, 2015, with the exception of admission on motion candidates, will need to file documentation showing that they have completed 50 hours of qualifying pro bono work, as required by Rule 520.16 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals. For further information regarding the implementation and requirements of the new rule, along with Frequently Asked Questions, please visit http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/probono/baradmissionreqs.shtml. The FAQs contain information on the web address and toll free telephone number in the event that you have an inquiry.
More information about Pro Bono work can be found here. If you have any questions about the 50-hour pro bono requirement, please contact Miriam Eckenfels-Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|By April 30||NY Bar Application Deadline: If you are interested in taking the upcoming July 2017 New York State Bar Exam, the online application for the exam will be available starting April 1 at http://www.nybarexam.org/. Students who wish to use a paper application should contact The New York State Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) office at (518) 453-5900 for further information. All online applications must be received through the BOLE online system between April 1 and April 30.
Strict Adherence to Bar Application Deadline: The New York State Board of Law Examiners imposes strict deadlines for applications to take the Bar Exam. Students who do not adhere to the above deadline will not be able to sit for the July Bar Exam.
|By April 30 for LLM students only||
Additional information for LLM students taking the NY Bar:
BOLE advises against applying for the bar exam prior to receiving a decision on the foreign evaluation because the application fee is not refundable.
|By April 30||
Additional information for JD students taking the NY Bar:
Note: A personalized electronic copy of your Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to the Office of Records and Registration after you complete the online application.
Review of Degree Progress/Audit Report may be helpful.
|By May 1||Students must submit papers from prior semesters to their faculty member for a grade.|
|By Last Day of the NYU Spring Exam Period)||Students must complete all work from their final semester by the last day of the exam period for that semester. All grades must be entered by the University Registrar's Office before a student can be certified to take the Bar Examination.|
|By May 31||
Complete the Bar Authorization Form - allowing us to certify you for any bar that you designate
|By May 31||
Complete the Handwriting Sample
Contact a member of the Office of Records & Registration (email@example.com) to inform them that you have personally forwarded your handwriting sample to the Bar.
|Before the Bar Examination Date||
1) It is the student's responsibility until the date of the Bar Examination to update all contact information on Albert (e.g. address, phone number, etc.). We must be able to contact you if questions arise.
|Bar Examination Review Courses||
We are aware that students may choose to enroll in a bar examination review course. We caution all students to exercise due diligence and thoroughly investigate any such course prior to signing up for the same. NYU School of Law does not endorse or make any representations or warranties of any particular bar review course.