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The New York State Board of Law Examiners

Operating under the auspices of the New York State Court of Appeals, the New York State Board of LawPicture of NYS Court of Appeals Examiners is responsible for administering the bar examination to candidates seeking admission to practice law in the State of New York.

The Board has been in existence for over a hundred years, having been created by the New York State Legislature in 1894.
Its five members are attorneys appointed by the Court of Appeals. The Board maintains a business office in Albany, New York with a full-time staff that oversees the bar examination.

The bar examination is administered twice per year, on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. In 2012, the Board processed 17,692 applications for the bar examination and examined 15,745 applicants.

NOTICES:

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                                        July Seat Ticket Lookup

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(1) JULY 2014 BAR EXAMINATION SEAT LOOKUP

Seat Tickets have been sent by email today to candidates who are qualified to sit for the February 2014 New York State bar examination. Candidates are required to click on the link provided in the email and put in identifying information. Candidates are then emailed their Seat Ticket. Please note that there may be some delays in receiving the email depending on security issues with individual email providers. Candidates are required to present a copy of the Seat Ticket in order to gain entrance into the examination.

Candidates who have been qualified to sit for the July 2014 Bar Examination may also look up their seat by clicking the link below:

                                        July Seat Ticket Lookup


(2) JULY 2014 BAR EXAMINATION APPLICANTS

    POSTED JUNE 5, 2014

An email was sent today to all candidates who applied to sit for the July 2014 New York State bar examination that includes a link to choose a seat location. The link directs candidates to choose a location from a list of locations with available seats. As locations fill up, they will disappear from the list on the link. There will NOT be a waiting list for any location. Candidates must choose a seat location by 10:00AM (EST) on Monday, June 9. Any candidate who does not confirm their seat location by that time will automatically be assigned to a location with available seating.

(3) NEW PRO BONO SCHOLARS PROGRAM
        POSTED MAY 28, 2014

Announced by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in his 2014 State of the Judiciary Address, the Pro Bono Scholars Program (PBSP) allows students in their final year of law school to devote their last semester of study to performing pro bono service for the poor through an approved externship program, law school clinic, legal services provider, law firm or corporation. Students accepted into the PBSP will be allowed to take the New York State bar examination in February of their final year of study, before they graduate, and students who successfully complete the PBSP will be eligible for accelerated admission to the bar. More information on the PBSP can be found at http://www.nycourts.gov/ATTORNEYS/probonoscholars/index.shtml


(4) CHANGES TO CONTENT OF THE BAR EXAM
        POSTED SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

Effective with the July 2014 bar exam, the Board will no longer test UCC Article 3 – Negotiable Instruments – on the New York section of the bar exam. Effective with the February 2015 exam, Administrative Law will be added to the list of subject matters tested on the New York section of the bar exam. The Board is working on an outline for Administrative Law that will be posted to this site in the future.

(5) NCBE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER:

In order to apply for the July 2014 bar examination (application opens on April 1, 2014), you must have an NCBE Identification Number. If you do not have one, you must visit www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number and complete the brief application to receive your NCBE Number. If you already have an NCBE Number do not request a new number. We will be verifying the validity of the NCBE Number you enter on your application. If you enter an invalid NCBE Number your application will be nullified and you may be subject to misconduct charges for furnishing misleading or inaccurate information.

(6) DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SUPPORTING FOREIGN DOCUMENTATION FOR REVIEW:
  • July Bar Exam – To meet the six month deadline for review of your documents, you must submit your Foreign Evaluation Form and supporting foreign documentation no later than October 1st of the year preceding the exam you plan to sit.
  • February Exam – To meet the six month deadline for review of your documents, you must submit your Foreign Evaluation Form and supporting documentation no later than May 1st of the year preceding the exam you plan to sit.

LLM applicants who fail to meet these deadlines run the risk that they may not receive a decision from the Board on their eligibility in time to take the exam, causing the application to be denied and the application fee to be forfeited.

(7) NEW 50 HOUR PRO BONO REQUIREMENT
        POSTED SEPT 19, 2012

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.


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