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NYS Board of Law Examiners Online Bar Examination Application

NCBE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: Before you may 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 the NCBE Number, the name and/or date of birth that you enter on your bar exam application does not match the corresponding information in your NCBE Account your application will not be accepted.

  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, 520.6 or 520.17 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. Commencing with July 2016 bar examination, the New York bar examination consists of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). The UBE is a high quality, uniform battery of tests that are administered contemporaneously in every other jurisdiction that has adopted the UBE. The UBE consists of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE). More information regarding the UBE, including the list of jurisdictions that have adopted the UBE, is available at the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at https://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/. The UBE is uniformly administered, graded and scored, and it results in a score that can then be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions or an applicant may take the exam in another UBE jurisdiction and transfer that score to New York provided that the applicant achieves the minimum passing score. For example, an applicant may take the UBE in New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Washington, DC, or another UBE jurisdiction provided the applicant meets that jurisdiction's eligibility requirements, and then transfer the UBE score to New York.
  3. Factors to consider in making the decision where to sit for the UBE. There may be various factors including costs, convenience, personal choice that may influence an applicant's decision where to sit for the UBE. Some applicants may find it more convenient to take the UBE in a jurisdiction closer to their permanent residence or to the law school they attended. Some applicants may find that it is cheaper to take the UBE in one jurisdiction instead of another jurisdiction. Applicants may wish to consider the following information in making their decision where to sit for the UBE.

    • Applicants should consult the eligibility rules in a jurisdiction before making application to that jurisdiction.  
    • New York does not permit applicants to take the UBE in New York merely as a convenience, that is, the applicant cannot sit for the UBE in New York unless the applicant intends to apply for bar admission in New York.
    • Applicants who are not residents of New York State at the time of filing their application will be assigned to sit for the UBE in Albany, Buffalo or Saratoga Springs. Applicants should be prepared to produce proof of residency upon request by the Board. 
    • In addition to the application fee set forth below in paragraph 4, out-of-state residents should also take into account the costs of transportation, lodging, meals, and other incidental costs associated with taking the examination in Albany, Buffalo or Saratoga Springs.
  4. BAR EXAMINATION 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)
    If an applicant should elect to take the UBE in another jurisdiction and transfer the UBE score to New York the application fees for Admission by Transferred UBE Score are the same as above. NCBE also charges a $25 Score Transfer Fee to applicants transferring a UBE score to New York or from New York to another UBE jurisdiction
  5. Application Deadline: The application period for the July 2017 examination opens on Saturday, April 1, 2017 and closes at 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 30, 2017. We strongly encourage you to apply during normal business hours on or before Sunday, April 30, 2017 so that you can contact the Board in the event of technical difficulties.   
  6. Juris Doctor Applicants from ABA-Approved Law Schools:  Before you access the online bar exam application, we recommend that you have available copies of the following two documents which you will need to answer questions on the application: (a) your law school transcript and (b) Instructions for JD Applicants for Completing Curriculum Questions on Bar Exam Application. You will be required to answer questions about the credits you completed in law school and your answers will be used to generate the Law School Certificate of Attendance form, which will be emailed to you. You will be required to submit the form to your law school to certify and mail to the Board by February 1 for a February examination or by June 15 for a July examination.
  7. 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 for the bar exam or if you already created a BOLE Account for either the NYLC or the Foreign-Educated Evaluation Form 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..
  8. 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 2017 examination your Foreign Evaluation Form and supporting eligibility documentation must have been received by the Board on or before October 1, 2016. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Supporting Documentation: With the exception of the foreign documentation for LL.M. applicants discussed above in paragraph 8, 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.
  12.  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.
  13. Disability/Test Accommodations: If you are applying or re-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 6000.7 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 the filing deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or public holiday, the filing deadline will be extended to the next business day. Applicants are strongly advised to use carriers with tracking and delivery confirmation. That a carrier’s delivery took longer than anticipated will not excuse an application received after the deadline.
  14. 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.