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Requirements to be Admitted to the New York State Bar

LIST OF REQUIREMENTS TO BE CERTIFIED FOR ADMISSION TO THE NEW YORK STATE BAR

  • (1) Achieve a passing score on the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE);

  • (2) Complete an online course in New York-specific law, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC);

  • (3) Take and pass an online examination, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE);

  • (4) Take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE);

  • (5) Comply with the 50-hour pro bono service requirement; and

  • (6) Satisfy the Skills Competency Requirement

 

BEFORE TAKING THE UBE 

Make Sure there are no Holds on your Account on PacePortal

  • If there is a hold on your account, it may prevent you from graduating and being certified to take the bar exam

Comply with the ABA Requirements for Juris Doctorate Graduates Applying to Take the Bar Exam

  • Pace Law graduation requirements comply with most instructional, credit hour, and course of study requirements of the ABA, however, Pace does not place a limit on how many online or distance credits may be applied toward graduation. The ABA caps the allocation at 15 credits. 
  • https://www.nybarexam.org/Eligible/Eligibility.htm#B

Complete and Submit the Application Provided by The New York State Board of Law Examiners

Request Testing Accomodations Before the Application Period Closes

  • Applications for test accommodations must be received in the Board’s office no later than November 30th for the February exam and April 30th for the July exam

Turn Law School Certificate of Attendance Form and Handwriting Specimen Form into Registrar

 

THE NEW YORK LAW COURSE

  • The NYLC is an online, on demand course which reviews unique aspects of New York law
  • The NYLC consists of approximately 15 hours of recorded lectures
  • You must complete the NYLC prior to applying for the NYLE
  • You must complete the NYLC up to one year prior to or three years after passing the UBE

 

THE NEW YORK LAW EXAM

  • The NYLE is offered four times a year typically in March, June, September, and December and you must apply at least 30 days before the exam
  • You must complete the NYLE up to one year prior to or three years after passing the UBE

 

THE MULTISTATE PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY EXAMINATION 

  • Take MPRE is offered in March, August, and November
  • Not all states require you to pass the MPRE in order to be admitted to the state bar
    • Maryland, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico do not require it 
    • Connecticut and New Jersey do not require it, if you successfully complete a course in Professional Responsibility
  • The exam can be taken either before or after the bar exam. The score is valid for 3 years in New York.
  • http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/mpre/

 

THE 50 HOUR PRO BONO REQUIREMENT

  • Hours may be completed in another state or country
  • Qualifying pro bono work must be completed before you submit your Application for Admission to the appropriate Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court

 

THE SKILLS COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT 

Added by the Court of Appeals in December 2015

  • This requires applicants to establish that they have acquired the necessary skills and professional values needed to competently practice law

This can be Fulfilled by Satisfying One of Five Options

  1. Law school certification of competence in skills and professional values
  2. Law school certification of credit acquisition
  3. Pro Bono Scholars Program
  4. Apprenticeship
  5. Practice in another jurisdiction

http://www.nybarexam.org/rules/rules.htm#520.18

 

BREAKDOWN OF THE REQUIRED EXAMS

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination

  • Two hour and five minute multiple choice exam
  • Comprise of 60 multiple choice quesitons with 10 sample/test questions
  • Passing score is 32 out of 50 (85%)

New York State Law Exam

  • Two hour, open book, multiple choice exam
  • Online
  • Two hours to complete 50 multiple choice questions
  • Tests New York law that is unique and different from the general law of the UBE
  • Passing score is 30 out of 50
  • If you fail, you must repeat the NYLC and NYLE


Uniform Bar Exam (266 out of 400 for a passing score in NY)

  • Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)
    • Six essays which are 30 minutes each
    • Tested on: Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions)
    • Counting for 30% of UBE score
       
  • Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
    • 200 multiple choice questions
    • Tested on: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property and Torts.  Beginning with the February 2015 bar examination, Civil Procedure will also be tested
    • Counting for 50% of UBE score
       
  • Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
    • Two 90 minute writing exercises
    • Counting for 20% of UBE score