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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:

UPDATED JANUARY 8, 2021:

FEBRUARY 2021 BAR EXAMINATION


The New York Court of Appeals announced on October 21, 2020 that because the threat posed by the pandemic has not abated sufficiently to conduct in-person testing of large numbers of applicants, the Court has determined that New York will administer a remote bar exam in February 2021. Click here to access the announcement issued by the Court of Appeals.

The February 2021 exam will be composed of all components of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) and will provide candidates with a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions. Application for the February 2021 bar exam is now closed.

The February 2021 bar examination will be administered remotely using Examsoft Examplify secure testing software. All candidates will be required to purchase the software and register their computer with Examsoft. Registration with Examsoft will open on January 12, 2021 by 2:00PM ET and close on January 27, 2021 at 5:00PM ET. On January 12, 2021, applicants will receive an email from ExamSoft with instructions for (1) paying the $130 software fee and registering their computer, (2) downloading the software and (3) downloading and taking the two mandatory mock exams. After January 27, 2021 and prior to the examination, ExamSoft will contact applicants with instructions for downloading the required exam files. It is extremely critical that all deadlines are strictly complied with as they will not be extended by the Board. Failure to timely meet all of the steps will result in withdrawal from the examination.

Below is a link to Frequently Asked Questions [FAQS] pertaining to the February 2021 New York Bar Examination. The Board will update these FAQS as needed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to monitor this website and their email for updates.

FAQS for February 2021 New York Bar Examination


OCTOBER 2020 BAR EXAMINATION

The results of the October 2020 New York State bar examination were posted on December 16, 2020 to candidate BOLE accounts in the Applicant Services Portal. Click here to read the Board’s press release regarding the October 2020 bar exam passing rates. A list of the passing candidates is available at the following link:

October 2020 Remote Exam Public Lookup

RECIPROCITY FOR THE TRANSFER OF SCORES EARNED ON THE REMOTE BAR ADMISSION EXAMINATION ON OCTOBER 5-6, 2020:

The New York State Board of Law Examiners has entered into reciprocity agreements to permit candidates to transfer scores earned on the remote bar admission examination that was administered on October 5-6, 2020. The Board has entered into reciprocity agreements with the following jurisdictions: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont. A score off 266 or greater is required in order to transfer the score to New York.

The following candidates will be eligible to transfer to New York a score earned on the remote exam in a reciprocal jurisdiction: 

1) Any candidate who graduated from an ABA-approved law school with a J.D. degree and who has not previously sat for a bar exam in any U.S. jurisdiction;

2) Any foreign educated candidate who graduated from an ABA-approved law school with an LL.M. degree and who has not previously sat for a bar exam in any U.S. jurisdiction;

3) Any candidate who graduated in 2018 with a J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school and who sat for one prior administration of the UBE but who has not sat for more than one prior bar exam in any U.S. jurisdiction; and

4) Any candidate who graduated in 2019 or later with a J.D. degree from an ABA approved law school and who previously took the UBE and failed no more than two times.

Candidates who do not meet one of the aforementioned criteria may submit a verified petition to the Board seeking a waiver under Board Rule 6000.15. To apply by transferred remote bar exam score login to your BOLE Account and scroll down to Application by Transferred Remote Bar Exam Score and click the Remote Exam Transfer button to access the application. If you previously applied to take the bar exam in New York and received a credit of your application fee you will be able to apply the credit towards the fee for the Application by Transferred Bar Exam Score. Upon completion of your application you will receive an email confirmation from the Board with further instructions. The Board will contact the other remote bar exam jurisdiction to obtain your score. Should you have questions please contact the Board at (518) 453-5990.

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.

NEW YORK LAW EXAM

The results from the December 17, 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 March 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm Eastern. The deadline to complete the New York Law Course and register for the March NYLE is February 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM. 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.

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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