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

 
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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 NEWS AND NOTICES - UPDATED JANUARY 16, 2024

The New York State Court of Appeals is currently entertaining applications for an appointment to the State Board of Law Examiners. The full special employment notice can be accessed here.
 
CHANGES IN APPLICATION FILING PERIODS FOR NEW YORK BAR EXAM

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.

FEBRUARY 2024 BAR EXAMINATION

The February 27-28, 2024 administration of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York will be administered in-person. There will be no remote option. All components of the UBE will be in paper question booklets, and applicants will be required to answer the MBE questions on a paper scantron answer sheet that will be provided. The application filing period for the February 2024 Bar Examination is now closed. The application filing period for Non-Standard Test Accommodations for the February 2024 Bar Examination is also closed. No late applications will be considered.

Applicants who selected the laptop option for the MPT and MEE were contacted by email with the instructions for purchasing, downloading and registering the Examplify software with ExamSoft. The deadline to complete the laptop registration with ExamSoft was January 3, 2024. Applicants who did not complete the registration with ExamSoft have been removed from the laptop program and switched to handwriting the exam. Test Center Assignments: The list of test sites for the February 2024 Bar Exam is available at https://www.nybarexam.org/ExamSites/ExamSites.htm.

Test center assignments will be based on availability and on a first come, first serve basis. No applicant is guaranteed a seat in any particular city or test center, even if the applicant lives or attended law school in that city. All applicants will be sent an email on or about January 8, 2024 containing a link instructing the applicant to select and confirm their preferred location (Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Long Island). First-time applicants who graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from a New York State law school will be given first priority to select their location. Only locations with available seats will be listed in the email. Once a location is filled, it will no longer appear in the list of locations in the email. If your preferred location does not appear in the email you must select from the locations that appear at the time that you access the link. The Board will not maintain a wait list for any location. All applicants (except those who have already been awarded test accommodations) must make a test site selection by no later than Friday, January 12, 2024. Applicants who do not make a selection will be withdrawn from the bar exam. Please do not call the Board office to request the specific time when the seat selection email will be sent on January 8. The time when the email will be sent depends on several factors and we are unable to commit to an exact time.

If you have decided not to take the February 2024 bar exam please login to your BOLE Account in the Applicant Services Portal, scroll down to the Uniform Bar Exam Application section, and click on the Withdrawal from Examination button. Once you submit the withdrawal the decision is irreversible so please carefully read all instructions before withdrawing. The application fee is non-refundable but if you have extenuating circumstances necessitating your withdrawal you may submit a written request for a one-time credit of the fee. The request must be in writing and include your BOLE Number, the reason for your withdrawal and appropriate supporting documentation.

JULY 2024 BAR EXAMINATION

The July 30-31, 2024 administration of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York will be administered in-person at test sites to be announced in the spring. There will be no remote option. All components of the UBE will be in paper question booklets, and applicants will be required to answer the MBE questions on a paper scantron answer sheet that will be provided.

For the MPT and MEE, applicants may elect to either handwrite or type these essay answers. Applicants will be required to select laptop or handwriting at the time of filing their application for the exam. Laptop applicants will subsequently be required to timely purchase the software and register their computers with the software vendor, ExamSoft. No applicant may bring a laptop computer to the test site for the MBE portion of the exam.

The application filing period for the July 30-31, 2024 bar examination is March 1-31, 2024. Applicants must apply for the bar exam through their “BOLE Account” in the Applicant Services Portal. Any applicant who does not have a BOLE account, should click on BOLE Account in the menu and follow the instructions to create an account. Individuals with disabilities who wish to request non-standard test accommodations for the July 2024 bar examination must submit an Application/Re-Application for Test Accommodations with all supporting documentation by no later than March 31, 2024. Please pay careful attention to the March 31, 2024 deadline as it will not be extended.

NEW YORK LAW EXAM

The results from the December 14, 2023 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 Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 12:00 PM ET. The deadline to complete the New York Law Course and register for the April NYLE is Tuesday, March 12, 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 September 19, 2024.

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

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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