- 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.
- Changes to eligibility rules. By order dated
January 12, 2012, the New York Court of Appeals amended certain of its bar examination
including those concerning Juris Doctor graduates of ABA-approved law schools.
These changes went into effect April 1, 2012. If you are not in
the new rules, and you commenced the study of law prior
to April 1, 2012, 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.
- 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, 2015.
- Pro Bono Scholars Program. Applicants who are enrolled in the Pro
Bono Scholars Program (PBSP) must apply for the February bar examination during
the regular application period of November 1 – 30. PBSP participants must also provide
the necessary law school “proofs,” consisting of a handwriting sample and the “Pro
Bono Scholars Program Certificate of Attendance” form, completed by the applicant’s
law school, by February 1. In addition, after participants complete the PBSP and
receive their Juris Doctor degree, they must provide a “Pro Bono Scholars Program
Certificate of Successful Completion” form, also completed by the applicant’s
law school. While participants will receive their examination results along with
other February bar examination takers, they will not be certified to the Appellate
Division for admission to practice until the Certificate of Successful Completion
of Program form is received in the Board’s office.
- 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
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
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.
- 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 February
examination you must have submitted your Foreign Evaluation
Form and supporting documentation on or before May 1, 2014. Applicants who did not meet this deadline
and apply for the February 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.
- 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)
- Application Deadline: The application period for the February 2015
examination opens on Saturday,November 1, 2014 and closes at 11:59 pm on Sunday,
November 30, 2014. We strongly encourage you to apply during normal business hours
on or before Friday, November 28 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
the exam, and your application fee will be forfeited.
- Disability/Test Accommodations: If you are applying for 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 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.