The New York State Board of Law Examiners ,Corporate Plaza, Building 3 โ€“ 254 Washington Avenue Extension Albany, NY 12203-5195

office (518) 453-5990
fax (518) 452-5729
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Phone Hours: Monday - Friday 8:45am โ€“ 4:45pm Eastern Time

Admission on Motion/Reciprocity:

 Admission on Motion Packet

New York State permits admission on motion, without examination, for applicants who have practiced for five of the preceding seven years, are admitted to practice in at least one reciprocal jurisdiction, and have graduated from an American Bar Association approved law school. (see Judiciary Law ยง 90 [i][b]; 22 NYCRR 520.10) The first step in applying for admission is to obtain a Certificate of Legal Education from our Board. The fee for such certification is $400. The list of reciprocal jurisdictions for the purposes of admission on motion in New York is as follows:

Alaska Arizona Arkansas Connecticut
District of Columbia Georgia Idaho Illinois Indiana
Iowa Kansas Kentucky Maine Massachusetts
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana
Nebraska New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont
Virginia Washington West Virginia  Wisconsin Wyoming


Attorneys who are spouses of active military service personnel assigned to New York and who would like to apply for admission to the New York bar without examination while their spouses are stationed in New York may seek from the Court of Appeals under Section 520.14 of the Rules of the Court a waiver of strict compliance with the prior practice requirements of Section 520.10. Military spouses are encouraged to contact the Executive Director for the Board of Law Examiners at (518) 453-5990 for more information about the waiver process.