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New York Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
New York has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE®). It is a two-day exam, and takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) and the Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) are administered on Tuesday; the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®) is administered on Wednesday.
Bar Exam Format
The New York Bar Exam is a two-day exam.
- Day 1: AM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) PM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays.
- Day 2: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®).
Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions).
Bar Exam Dates
- July 26-27, 2022
- February 21-22, 2023
The New York Bar Exam requires a minimum scaled combined score of 266 points out of 400 points to pass. The MBE® is weighted at 50% of the score, the Essays are weighted at 30%, and the MPT®s are weighted at 20%.
A minimum passing scaled score is 85 or higher.
New York permits admission on motion, without examination, for applicants who have practiced for five of the preceding seven years, are admitted to practice in at least one reciprocal jurisdiction, and have graduated from an ABA-approved law school.
As of October 1, 2016, an applicant who sat for the UBE® in another jurisdiction may transfer the score earned on that examination to New York in lieu of taking the UBE® in New York. An applicant has three years from the date of an exam to transfer the UBE® score to New York. Reciprocal jurisdictions can be found here under "Reciprocity/Motion Information."
An applicant for admission in New York must also take and complete an online course in New York‐specific law, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and must take and pass an online examination, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE). The NYLC is an online, on-demand course that covers 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 that must be answered correctly before an applicant can continue viewing the lecture. The NYLE is a 50-item, two hour, open book, multiple choice test administered online with the same subjects' as on the NYLC. Applicants must comply with the 50 hour pro bono service requirement and the Skills Competency Requirement.
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