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The New York State Board of Law Examiners

The New York State Board of Law 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 more than one hundred twenty five years, having been created by the New York State Legislature in 1894. The operations of the State Board of Law Examiners are overseen by a five member Board of attorneys appointed by the New York 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 consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday each February and July. In 2023, the Board processed 15,804 applications for the bar examination and examined 13,440 applicants.


RECENT AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES OF THE COURT OF APPEALS By Order dated April 19, 2024, the New York Court of Appeals amended Part 520 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law to more closely align the eligibility requirements with the American Bar Association’s Standards for the Approval of Law Schools. The amendments are to Sections 520.3, 520.5, 520.6 and 520.17 of the Court Rules. The amendments are effective May 8, 2024. A copy of the Court’s Notice to the Bar and Order amending the Rules is available at The amended Court Rules is available at

The Board has new Application Filing Periods for each administration of the New York State Bar Examination (UBE). For a July bar exam (UBE), the Application Filing Period is March 1 - 31st. For a February bar exam (UBE), the Application Filing Period is October 1 - 31st.

The Board has new Application/Re-Application Filing Deadlines for Application/Re-Application for non-standard test accommodations (NTA) on the bar exam (UBE). For a July exam, the Application/Re-Application Filing Deadline is March 31st. For a February exam, the Application/Re-Application Filing Deadline is October 31st.

For an applicant who failed the immediately preceding administration of the New York Bar Exam, the Application Filing Deadline will be the later of (a) the filing deadline outlined above or (b) the 7th day following the date of the Board’s release of the bar examination results.


The application filing period for the July 30-31, 2024 bar examination is now closed.

The deadline to apply for applicants who were unsuccessful on the February 2024 New York Bar Examination was May 1, 2024. The deadline to apply for all other applicants was March 31, 2024. The application deadline cannot be waived. Applicants who missed the filing deadline may explore taking the exam in another UBE jurisdiction and transferring that score to New York.

Registration with ExamSoft for the Laptop Program opened on May 3, 2024. Laptop candidates should have received an email from ExamSoft on May 3rd with instructions to purchase, download and register the software on their laptop. These emails are coming from Bar Support .

If you did NOT receive the registration email from ExamSoft, please immediately check your “JUNK” and/or “SPAM” folders. If you are still unable to locate the email, you must immediately contact ExamSoft at 888-816-3065.

As a reminder, you must timely complete all registration steps with ExamSoft by May 16th or you will be removed from the Laptop Program and required to handwrite your answers during the essay sessions.

The results from the February 27-28, 2024 New York State Bar Examination were posted on April 24, 2024 to candidate BOLE accounts in the Applicant Services Portal. Click Here to read the Board’s press release regarding the passing rates for this administration of the exam. A list of passing candidates will be made available to the public on this website on April 25, 2024 after 9:00 AM ET.

The deadline for all candidates who were unsuccessful on the February 2024 New York Bar Examination to re-apply for the July 30-31, 2024 New York State Bar Examination is 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

February 2024 Bar Exam Results Public Lookup


The results from the April 11, 2024NYLE have been posted to applicant 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 Thursday, September 19, 2024 at 12:00 PM ET. The deadline to complete the New York Law Course and register for the September NYLE is Tuesday, August 20, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET. 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. The NYLE will also be administered on December 19, 2024.


Pursuant to Board Rule 6000.9(b)(3), an applicant who fails to appear for or has withdrawn from multiple prior examinations, or having appeared for the examination but in the opinion of the Board upon review of the applicant’s examination papers and record of attendance does not make a bona fide effort to pass the examination, may in the discretion of the Board, be required to petition the Board for permission to re-apply for a subsequent bar examination. In the event the Board determines such a petition is required, the applicant will be so notified by the Board.


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