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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 May 28, 2020*

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Board office will re-open on May 28, 2020. You may experience longer wait times than usual for your call to be answered as the Board office is operating at a reduced capacity due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, we ask for your patience and understanding. The Board staff is unable to provide any information regarding the application process or seating for the bar exam other than what is posted on this website. If you are a candidate, please have your BOLE ID number available when you call.

It is important that applicants regularly check this website for updated information.

*New May 16, 2020*

APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE SEPTEMBER 2020 BAR EXAMINATION:

The New York administration of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is presently scheduled for September 9-10, 2020. As previously announced, the application process for the September exam is proceeding on a rolling basis as space permits. The initial application period, which ran from May 5 through May 15, is now closed.

If seating remains available, the Board will re-open the application period at a later date to additional candidates. Our efforts to seat as many candidates as possible remain ongoing, and the Board continues to assess available seating in light of public health and safety guidance. Please continue to monitor this website for updates.

Given the constraints caused by the public health crisis, candidates are strongly encouraged to sit for the UBE in other jurisdictions or to consider sitting for the UBE at a later date. While our efforts to maximize seating are ongoing, the health and safety of all participants must remain our top priority.

ADA ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE SEPTEMBER 2020 BAR EXAM:
 

The deadline for the submission of an application/re-application for test accommodations together with all supporting documentation is close of business (5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time) on June 1, 2020. In accordance with Executive Order No. 202.7, the Board will accept electronic notarization of applications/re-applications and appeal petitions under Board Rule 6000.7 (c) (1) and (e), provided all requirements of Executive Order No. 202.7 are met, particularly the requirement that the applicant is physically present in the State of New York at the time of notarization. Guidance to Notaries concerning Executive Order 202.7 can be found here.

An applicant outside of the State of New York may rely on electronic notarization permitted under the statutory or regulatory scheme of another jurisdiction, provided such applicant presents proof that all requirements of that jurisdiction have been met.

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/.

NOTICE FOR SPRING 2020 GRADUATES REGARDING APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

On April 21, 2020, the Court of Appeals announced the waiver for certain groups of students of certain rules related to law school instructional requirements and the bar admissions process including limits on distance education, the pro bono scholars program, the 50 hour pro bono service requirement, the skills competency requirement, and the timing of the New York Law Course and New York Law Examination. Click here to access the Court's Order. Click here to access the APRIL 27, 2020 STATEMENT FROM THE APPELLATE DIVISION PRESIDING JUSTICES REGARDING BAR ADMISSION PRACTICES.

FEBRUARY 2020 BAR EXAM:

The results of the February 2020 New York State bar examination were posted on April 24, 2020 to candidate BOLE accounts in the Applicant Services Portal. Click Here to read the Board’s press release regarding the February 2020 bar exam passing rates. A list of the passing candidates will be made available to the public on this website on April 25, 2020.

February 2020 Bar Exam Public Lookup

NEW YORK LAW EXAM

The next administration of the NYLE is on June 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm Eastern. This exam will proceed as scheduled. 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. Applicants experiencing any trouble watching the NYLC may send a faxed letter to the Board until regular staffing of the office resumes.

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.

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

Candidates with multiple withdrawals may apply for a future 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.

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. 

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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