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NYS Board of Law Examiners Online Application

NCBE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: In order to apply for the bar examination, you must have an NCBE Identification Number. If you do not have one, you must visit www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number and complete the brief application to receive your NCBE Number. If you already have an NCBE Number do not request a new number. We will be verifying the validity of the NCBE Number you enter on your application. If you enter an invalid NCBE Number your application will be nullified and you may be subject to misconduct charges for furnishing misleading or inaccurate information.

  1. Prior to applying for the examination, you should carefully review the rules pertaining to how you will qualify to sit for the exam (Section 520.3, 520.4, 520.5 or 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals) to confirm that you will be in compliance. As part of your application for the bar examination, you will be required to certify that you have reviewed the Court Rules, that you are in compliance with the Court Rules, and that the information which you provide in your application is true and accurate.
  2. Changes to eligibility rules. By order dated November 18, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals amended certain of its bar examination eligibility rules including those concerning Juris Doctor graduates of ABA-approved law schools. These changes went into effect December 10, 2014. If you are not in compliance with the new rules,the Saving Clause of Rule 520.1(b) provides that the rules which were in place when you began law school apply. Please contact the Board if you have any questions concerning your eligibility for the examination.
  3. Juris Doctor Applicants from ABA-Approved Law Schools: Before entering the online bar exam application, Juris Doctor applicants from ABA-Approved law schools will need (a) a copy of their law school transcript and (b) a copy of the Instructions for JD Applicants for Completing Curriculum Questions on Bar Exam Application. Both documents are required in order to answer questions in the application and to complete the Certificate of Attendance form which you will be required to submit to the Board by February 1 for a February examination or by June 15 for a July examination. (NOTE: The required form to submit to your law school for verification will automatically be sent to you by email shortly after the application period closes). 
  4. Before completing the Bar Exam Application, you will be required to create an account using a valid email address. Upon creation of the account you will be assigned a unique BOLE Identification Number (BOLE ID). Please save your BOLE ID in a safe and accessible location as you will be required to use the BOLE ID in all future communication with the Board. If you are a re-applicant do not create a new BOLE account. To complete the application, you must login using the email address and password you used when you created your account. All communications from the Board will be sent by email only to the email account furnished at the time of application. It is your responsibility to notify the Board should your email address change and to monitor your email for messages from the Board.
  5. Foreign-Educated Applicants: Before applying for the New York bar examination, all first-time applicants who have studied law in a country other than the United States and who are applying under Section 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals MUST complete the online Foreign Evaluation Form at  www.nybarapply.org/feval. Foreign-Educated applicants who are required under Section 520.6 to complete an LL.M. degree at an approved law school in the United States MUST have completed the online Foreign Evaluation Form AND have submitted all of their foreign documentation to the Board at least six months prior to the first day of the application filing period for the exam that they wish to take. If you are applying for the July 2015 examination you must have submitted your Foreign Evaluation Form and supporting documentation on or before October 1, 2014. Applicants who did not meet this deadline and apply for the July 2015 exam will NOT receive a decision from the Board concerning their eligibility in time to take the exam. If you submit an application to sit for the bar examination prior to receiving an advance determination of your eligibility from the Board, you do so at your own risk, and the $750 application fee will not be refunded or credited if it is later determined that you are not eligible to sit for the New York bar examination. Re-applicants may proceed to the bar exam application using their existing BOLE ID.
  6. APPLICATION FEE – (by method of qualifying – see Judiciary Law section 465)
    $250- Section 520.3 (JD degree received from an ABA approved law school in the U.S.)
    $250- Section 520.4 (law office study) $250- Section 520.5 (unapproved law schools)
    $750- Section 520.6 (study of law in foreign country)
  7. Application Deadline: The application period for the July 2015 examination opens on Wednesday,April 1, 2015 and closes at 11:59 pm on Thursday, April 30, 2015. We strongly encourage you to apply during normal business hours on or before Thursday, April 30 so that you can contact the Board in the event of technical difficulties. NOTE: If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, paper materials must be received in the Board’s office by the business day preceding the deadline. 
  8. Withdrawals/Absences: Should you decide to withdraw from the examination, you must notify the Board in writing, by fax or by mail as soon as possible. The application fee is non-refundable except in extremely limited circumstances. Any applicant who has withdrawn from or failed to appear for any two examinations must apply to the Board for permission to re-apply before applying for another examination. Applications to re-apply must be received in the Board's office two weeks before the filing deadline of the exam you wish to take (April 15 for the July exam and November 15 for the February exam). Applications must be in the form of an affidavit and set forth, among other things, the facts which caused the withdrawals or failures to appear, and the facts which support the request to re-apply. Supporting documentation, such as medical documentation, police reports, death notices, employer letters, etc. should be included. Relief is in the sole discretion of the Board. For more information, see Board Rule 6000.6(i).
  9. Website, Security Policy & Civility Policy: The Board’s website contains comprehensive information about the bar exam and should be reviewed by applicants prior to making an application for the exam. In addition, all applicants should carefully read the Security Policy for the exam and the  Civility Policy which are available on the Board’s website.
  10. Supporting Documentation: With the exception of the foreign documentation for LL.M. applicants discussed above in paragraph 5, all first-time applicants (and re-applicants who did not provide the necessary documentation with the initial application to sit for the exam) must provide the necessary law school “proofs” to support their eligibility to sit for the exam as soon as it is available but in any event by FEBRUARY 1ST FOR A FEBRUARY EXAM AND JUNE 15TH FOR A JULY EXAM. If you do not qualify to sit for the examination, or if you fail to provide the necessary documentation by the required deadline, you will be withdrawn from the exam, and your application fee will be forfeited.
  11. Re-Applicant Change of Address: If you are a re-applicant and your address has changed since the last time you took the examination, you must submit a Change of Address Request using our online request form at http://www.nybarexam.org/ChangeOfAddressRequest.html. Please note that in many cases, you will receive a follow-up email from the Board asking for proof of your residence address. Such proof must be received in the Board’s office within two weeks of the date of the email from the Board. Furthermore, you must submit your change of address by the close of the application filing period. Requests received after the close of the application period will not be processed until after the examination.
  12. Disability/Test Accommodations: If you are applying or re-applyingfor test accommodations based on a disability, a separate paper test accommodations application must be filed. A fillable PDF application is available on the Board’s website. You should also consult Board Rule 6000.4 and the Test Accommodations Handbook which may be downloaded from the Board’s website. The application or re-application for test accommodations must be received in the Board’s office by April 30th for a July exam; November 30th for a February exam. This is NOT a “post-marked” by deadline. NOTE: If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, your paper materials must be received by the business day preceding the deadline.
  13. Please note that, effective March 1, 2015, all Court orders permitting applicants to sit for the bar examination in New York will apply to any future bar examination, subject to the rules and procedures of the New York State Board of Law Examiners. In addition, the Court will no longer require re-petitions from applicants who previously received exam-specific orders for earlier administrations of the bar exam.