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All applicants who pass the bar examination must also take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), before they may be admitted to practice law in New York.

The MPRE is administered three times each year, in March, August and November. Applications and information regarding the MPRE is available from NCBE at

The passing score in New York for the MPRE is 85.

The MPRE may be taken before or after the bar examination, subject to the application filing period as described in Court of Appeals Rule 520.7[a]. A passing MPRE score is valid for four years from the date the applicant sat for that MPRE. If the applicant's passing score expires prior to the time the Board certifies the applicant to the Appellate Division pursuant to Court of Appeals Rule 520.7, the applicant must retake and pass the MPRE.

Applicants must designate New York as the jurisdiction to which the score should be reported or have an official MPRE score report sent to the Board by the NCBE.

Applicants who have not submitted to the Board proof of having taken and passed the MPRE by the time the bar examination results are released will be notified that they have passed the bar examination but the Board cannot certify such applicants to the Appellate Division until the Board receives proof of a passing MPRE score.

Notice regarding Time to File Application for Admission: An applicant for admission by examination, whether taken in New York or in another UBE jurisdiction, have three years from the date when the applicant sits for the second day of the Uniform Bar Examination to take and pass the MPRE and file their complete application for admission to the Appellate Division otherwise the applicant will have to re-sit the bar examination [See Court of Appeals Rule 520.12(d)(1)]. An applicant who has taken and passed the New York State bar examination prior to the July 2016 administration shall file a complete application for admission within three years from the date of the letter sent by the New York State Board of Law Examiners notifying the applicant that the applicant has passed the bar examination [See Court of Appeals Rule 520.12(d)(2)].