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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 2019, the Board processed 15,736 applications for the bar examination and examined 14,200 applicants.


NOTICES:

*NEW March 27, 2020*

COVID-19. UPDATE

The New York Court of Appeals today announced that the New York State Bar Examination will not be administered on July 28-29, 2020 as previously scheduled. Click here to read the press release from the Court of Appeals dated March 27, 2020.

The State Board of Law Examiners will announce the new date for the exam and the dates for the application filing period as soon as it becomes available.

Further information will be posted on this website when available. Additional information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the July 2020 bar exam is available on NCBE's website at: http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-covid-19-updates/

The Board’s office is closed until further notice as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Staff are not presently available to answer phone calls. However, the Board continues to closely monitor the situation. The health and safety of applicants, our staff and the proctors who administer the bar exam are of paramount importance to the Board.

The grading of the February 2020 UBE in New York is progressing despite the crisis. However, due to the closure of the Board's office, the release of the February 2020 UBE results may be delayed beyond the usual time period (that is, on or before May 1st). All candidates who sat for the February 2020 UBE should monitor their emails and this website for any updated information.

Please continue to monitor this website for updated information.

(1) FEBRUARY 2020 BAR EXAM

The bar examination was administered on February 25-26, 2020 to 3563 candidates. Candidates are reminded that if their residence address or email address should change they must update their address in their Profile in the Applicant Services Portal.rvices Portal.

(2) JULY 2020 BAR EXAM

The New York Court of Appeals announced on March 27, 2020 that the New York State Bar Examination will not be administered on July 28-29, 2020 as previously scheduled. See the COVID-19 Update above for the press release and additional information.

(3) NEW YORK LAW EXAM

The results from the March 12, 2020 NYLE have been posted to candidates’ BOLE Accounts. To access the exam results, log in to your account in the Applicant Services Portal using your email address and password and navigate to the NYLE section within the portal.

The next administration of the NYLE is on June 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm Eastern. The deadline to complete the New York Law Course and register for the June NYLE is May 12, 2020. Applicants who timely register with the Board to take the NYLE must also timely purchase, download and register the software with Examsoft. Examsoft will email applicants a few weeks before the date of the NYLE with all pertinent details and deadlines. Click here for future dates of the NYLE.

(4) REPORT OF THE IMPACT OF THE UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION IN NEW YORK

The New York Court of Appeals announced on August 20, 2019 the release of the Study of the Impact of Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination in New York. Click here to access the Press Release, Executive Summary, the Report and the Appendices.

(5) NOTICE TO CANDIDATES WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY WITHDRAWN OR FAILED TO APPEAR FOR THE BAR EXAM

Effective with the July 2020 bar exam, candidates who have previously withdrawn from or failed to appear for the bar exam more than two times will no longer be required to automatically petition the Board for permission to sit for the bar exam. Candidates with multiple withdrawals may apply and sit for the July 2020 or a subsequent exam, without first petitioning the Board. However, if the candidate withdraws or fails to appear, the Board may then, in its discretion, require the candidate to petition the Board before applying for a subsequent exam. See Board Rule 6000.9(b)(3) and the Bar Exam Information Guide.
 
(6) NEW POLICY ON SEAT ASSIGNMENTS FOR BAR EXAM

The Board has changed its policy concerning Test Center assignments. Seating is no longer based on the applicant’s residential address as provided by the applicant on the bar exam application. Test Center assignments will be based on availability and on a first come, first-served basis at the time of the Board’s seating assignment email. No applicant is guaranteed a seat in any particular city or test center, even if the applicant lives or attended law school in that city. The Board’s seating assignment email is sent out after the application period closes (usually in early June for a July exam and early January for a February exam) and instructs applicants to select a test location from the list of available locations in the email. Only locations with available seats will be listed in the email. First-time applicants who graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from a New York State law school will be given the first opportunity to select a location.
 
(7) 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.



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