New York Bar Exam Course
25th April 2022
20th June 2022
In today’s increasingly globalised world, demand continues to grow for those who understand the workings and complexities of the law of more than one jurisdiction. The United States is the world’s largest financial and legal market, admission to New York or California can significantly broaden your career opportunities, both with US firms and international law firms.
Asia Bar Review has a proven track record of efficiently and as seamlessly as possibly obtaining the foreign evaluation approval for lawyers without US JD. We assisted thousands of individual with their New York bar foreign evaluation application.
New York Bar Exam Course Overview
For July 2021 Exam / Feb 2022 Exam
New York Bar Exam Course
10 months / 6 months
GMAT or TOFEL requirements
Online ONLY (FREE study group)
New York Bar Exam Subjects
New York is the 16th State that adopts the Uniform Bar Exam. The UBE consists of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and Multistate Essay Examination (MEE). It is uniformly administered, graded and scored by user jurisdictions and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other jurisdictions if you have studied law in the US.
MEE (6 questions worth 30%)
100 multiple-choice questions
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
100 multiple-choice questions
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
Eligibility to sit the New York Bar Exam
Section 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals contains the eligibility requirements for applicants who wish to qualify for the New York State bar examination based on the study of law in a foreign country.
The New York Board of Examiner will not commence review until it is in receipt of all required foreign documentation. Such applicants should allow at least six months from the date of the Board’s receipt of all of the necessary documentation for a decision to be made.
You can also find more information on our FAQs section.
Contact us today to find out more if you are eligible to take the New York bar.
|Exam Date||Application Filing Period|
|Feb||1 Nov – 30 Nov|
|July||4 April – 30 April|
New York Bar Pro Bono Program Admission Requirement
Pursuant to Rule 520.16 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals, applicants who successfully pass the bar examination in New York State must demonstrate that they have performed 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service before applying for admission to practice.
The mission of the Asia Bar Review Pro Bono Program is to provide diverse and innovative pro bono opportunities for clients to practice law and develop skills through individualized supervision; advance access to justice locally by working on real cases/projects; and inspire students to develop a lifelong commitment to pro bono service. Our Pro Bono Program is tailored to ensure the compliance of Rule 520.16 of the Rules of Court of Appeals.
Complete the qualifying pro bono work
Supervisor must complete the supervisor certification on the Affidavit of Compliance
Submit the Affidavit of Compliance with your Application for Admission to the appropriate Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court
Asia Bar Review Pro Bono Program will work around working clients’ schedule. The work will be in Hong Kong, some of which will be over the internet to accommodate clients’ schedule.
Our Testimonials from the New York Bar Pro Bono Program students
Why should I take the Exam Preparation Course – with Asia Bar Review?
Preparing with Asia Bar Review will help you focus on your studies, build your confidence, and save you the time, money, and effort of trying to compile your own study materials and plan.
We have trained thousands of lawyers for the US Bar exams and QLTS exam since 2011, and possess deep knowledge and experience in preparing candidates these exams. When it comes to legal exam preparation, innovation, support and industry knowledge nobody compares to ABR. We have offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia and provide local support to our clients.
FAQs for the New York Bar Examination
To become a New York attorney or to practice law in New York, you need to sit the New York Bar Exam as a foreign qualified lawyer.
To be eligible to sit the New York Bar, a foreign-trained lawyer must satisfy the eligibility tests, which we call the foreign evaluation:
- The candidate must have a qualifying degree in law.
- The law degree must be from a law school accredited by the accrediting agency of the government of the country of origin.
- Successful completion of a program of study at a law school outside the United States that is equivalent to a program of study at an approved law school in the United States in both duration and substance.
- No credit shall be allowed for correspondence courses, online courses, courses offered on DVD or other media, or other distance learning courses.
The process is governed by the New York State Board of Law Examiners. You can click the link below for more information.
The legal market is saturated with law students who have completed their respective qualifications but are unable to secure a position within a law firm. Many have impressive CVs that set them apart from the competition, but even that is not enough.
Of the world’s largest law firms by revenue, the top 20 are almost all US law firms, including Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, and Jones Day. The UK law firms such as Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, and Linklaters all have US teams to service US and international clients. London hosts over 100 US law firms, servicing both UK and international clients.
The New York Bar Exam is not one of the most difficult bar exams (at least concerning the passing score requirement). The cut-off score for the New York Bar is 266, whereas the cut-off score for Washington is 270. An applicant must score 266 on a 400 point scale in order to pass the New York Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).
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Nonetheless, the New York Bar Exam still qualifies as a relatively difficult bar exam. In February 2021, the New York Board examined a total of 2,130 candidates, including US domestic-educated candidates and foreign-educated candidates, first-time, and repeat candidates. The graduates of New York law schools outperformed their counterparts from out-of-state American Bar Association-approved law schools. The passing rate for the 352 graduates of the New York law schools who took the bar examination in February 2021 for the first time was 77%. Whereas, for the 857 foreign-educated candidates, the passing rate for all foreign-educated candidates was 43%.
For more information, you can view the New York Bar exam pass results.
The application fee is set in statute by the New York State Legislature and is based on the method of qualifying (see Judiciary Law section 465).
Section 520.3 (JD received from an ABA-approved law school): $250
Section 520.4 (law office study): $250
Section 520.5 (unapproved law school): $250
Section 520.6 (study of law in a foreign country): $750
Section 520.17 (Pro Bono Scholars Program): $250 The Board has elected to use ExamSoft Worldwide’s Examplify© software as the security software for the bar examination. There is a $100 non-refundable technology fee that applicants will be required to pay directly to ExamSoft, which will handle the registration, software download, and qualification of laptops for use on the examination.
The NYLC (New York Law Course) is an online, on demand course on important and unique aspects of New York law in the subjects of Administrative Law, Business Relationships, Civil Practice and Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Matrimonial and Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Torts and Tort Damages, and Trusts, Wills and Estates. The NYLC consists of approximately 15 hours of videotaped lectures with embedded questions which must be answered correctly before an applicant can continue viewing the lecture.
The NYLE (New York Law Exam) is a 50 item, two hour, open book, multiple choice test administered online. It tests important New York rules on the topics of Administrative Law, Business Relationships, Civil Practice and Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Matrimonial and Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Torts and Tort Damages, and Trusts, Wills and Estates. The NYLE is offered four times per year. Please note that the failure to take and pass the NYLE before the results of any given UBE are released may result in a delay in admission. There is a $27 fee for the NYLE which is payable to Examsoft.
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a two-hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination developed by NCBE that is administered three times per year. The purpose of the MPRE is to measure examinees’ knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers.
You can check the link below to see the most updated dates and deadlines of the Exam
You can check the link below to view the past questions and answers.
New York Bar Exam Venue
New York City
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001
Pace Law School – New York State Judicial Institute
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12242
Times Union Center
51 S. Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12207
Saratoga Springs City Center
522 Broadway (Route 50)
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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