Exam Day References & Security Policy
Exam Day Instructions
Regular Exam Day Schedule
Prior to the bar examination, you should carefully read and review the Board’s Security Policy. The Security Policy contains important exam day references, such as a list of items which are permitted at the exam (all other items are prohibited) and behaviors which are prohibited at the exam. The Security Policy is frequently updated, and the Policy which applies during the bar examination will be sent to you with your Seating Ticket. Violations of the Security Policy will be prosecuted by the Board and may result in the imposition of penalties such as nullification of scores, disqualification from sitting for future exams, and notice to the Character and Fitness Committee (see Board Rule 6000.9).
THE BOARD HAS A ZERO
TOLERANCE POLICY FOR CELL PHONES AND ALL OTHER PROHIBITED ITEMS.
IF YOU ARE FOUND WITH A PROHIBITED ITEM PAST THE SECURITY
CHECKPOINT, IT WILL BE CONFISCATED, AND A MISCONDUCT INVESTIGATION
WILL BE COMMENCED UNDER BOARD RULE 6000.9. AS A PENALTY YOUR EXAM
SCORE MAY BE NULLIFIED AND, IF AT ANY TIME YOU PASS THE EXAM, A
REPORT WILL BE MADE TO THE CHARACTER & FITNESS COMMITTEE. OTHER
PENALTIES PERMITTED BY RULE MAY ALSO BE IMPOSED. IT IS NOT A DEFENSE
THAT YOU WERE NOT AWARE YOU HAD A CELL PHONE
OR PROHIBITED ITEM OR THAT IT WAS TURNED OFF, RENDERED INOPERABLE
OR STORED IN YOUR POCKET.
The Board of Law Examiners has also adopted a Civility Policy which governs applicants' interactions with the Board of Law Examiners. Based on the New York State Standards of Civility for the legal profession which apply to attorneys who practice in New York State (see http://www.nycourts.gov/press/old_keep/stnds.shtml), it sets forth principles of behavior which govern those who aspire to practice law in New York. Violations of the Civility Policy can be reported to the Committee on Character & Fitness having jurisdiction over the applicant, and more serious violations can form the basis of a charge under Board Rule 6000.9 which prohibits Fraud, Dishonesty and Other Misconduct. The Civility Policy can be found HERE.
On the day of the bar examination, all applicants will be required
to sign a statement affirming that they have read and will comply
with the Honor Code and the Board’s Security Policy. Applicants will
be required to affirm that they are do not have a cell phone,
Blackberry or any other electronic device or prohibited item in the
exam room. The Security Policy is located above. The Honor Code is
I have no prior knowledge of these test booklets or questions. I
understand that the following acts constitute misconduct under Board
Rule 6000.9: bringing a prohibited item (cell phone, electronic
device, notes, etc.) through the security checkpoint; using a
prohibited item; copying answers or giving assistance to any
candidate; writing or typing anything after time is called; removing
exam materials from the exam room; violating the U.S. copyright
protections of the exam including disclosing the content of the exam
to anyone at any time; failing to cooperate with the Board in a
misconduct investigation; and any other act which might compromise
the integrity of this exam. I am aware that such acts will lead to
misconduct charges and may result in penalties including
nullification of my exam results, disclosure of my misconduct file
to the Committee on Character and Fitness as well as to other
jurisdictions where I am admitted or may seek admission, and any
other penalty permitted by Rule 6000.9. I will not engage in any
such conduct and will honor my ethical obligation to promptly report
any misconduct by any candidate to a proctor or other Board
All applicants must bring a government issued photo ID to the
examination, which will be checked at all four sessions. Acceptable
forms of ID include a U.S. driver's license, a passport, or other
government issued photo ID. A non-U.S. citizen who does not possess
a driver's license issued by a U.S. state or territory must present a
valid passport for identification. The name on your photo ID must
match the name on your Seating Ticket.
Seating Tickets will generally become available by email to
qualified applicants approximately two weeks before the date of the
scheduled examination. At that time, Seating Tickets are also made
available to view and print from the home page of the Board’s
website. Applicants will need their BOLE ID Number to access their
Seating Ticket on-line. Applicants must present their Seating Ticket
to security in order to enter the examination. Therefore, it is
important to print and bring a copy of the Seating Ticket to the
exam. The seat number assigned in the Seating Ticket is the only
means of identification throughout the grading process. Each seat at
the examination has a number prominently displayed on a sticker. It
is critical that applicants sit in the correct seat, and include the
seat number on all examination materials.
Review the Board’s Security policy prior to arriving at the examination.
Do not bring prohibited items (bags, cellphones, notes, etc.) to the examination - leave them at home, in your hotel room, or in your car.
You must pass through a security checkpoint before entering the examination room. You may not bring any prohibited items (bags, cellphones, notes, etc.) through the security checkpoint.
If you bring items to the examination site which are prohibited in the exam room, they must be left, at your own risk, in the Personal Belongings Room. You must arrive early enough to first go to the Personal Belongings Room AND THEN go through the security line.
Personal Belongings Room are open by 7:00AM each day. You are discouraged from relying on these rooms for storage of prohibited items. The exam will NOT be delayed due to long lines at the Personal Belongings Room.
All coats and jackets will NOT be permitted in the exam room.
You must be in your seat 30 minutes before the start of each exam day: 8:30AM on the New York day (Tuesday) and 9:00AM on the MBE day (Wednesday).
Once you enter the exam room, you may not leave it at any point except to use the restroom with permission of a proctor. If you violate this rule you could be disqualified from completing the exam.
Listen to the oral instructions given at the exam, and read the written instructions on your examination materials.
No applicant may leave their seat during the last 15 minutes of the session for any reason.
Applicants who do not immediately stop writing or typing when time is called will be reported to the Board and may be found guilty of violating the Board's rule prohibiting Fraud and Dishonesty.
Your proctor will provide you with an EXIT PASS if you complete the exam prior to the 15 minute announcement after you have turned in all your examination materials.
All Laptop candidates MUST leave their laptop in the examination room during the lunch break. If you remove your laptop during the lunch break and return with it for the afternoon session, you will be required to HANDWRITE the essays answers for that session.
After you leave the exam room, you may not re-enter until the next testing session.
Do NOT remove examination materials from the exam room.
NO writing is allowed on either side of the Seating Ticket.
NO SMOKING is allowed during the exam.
First Day (Tuesday)
AM Session: 9:00 am to 12:15 pm
PM Session: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Second Day (Wednesday)
AM Session: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
PM Session: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm