Getting licensed to practice law is the goal for virtually every law graduate. There are three exams that one must pass to be admitted. It is your reponsibility to complete all work and meet all graduation requirements and be aware of all Bar Exam and admission requirements.
A two-hour multiple-choice exam usually offered three times a year; it can be taken any time after your first year of law school. – Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)
Dates and Deadlines
The MPRE will be administered three times per year at established Pearson Vue test centers across the country. You must complete the NCBE portion of the registration process, schedule your test appointment with Pearson VUE, and pay the test fee by 11:59 p.m. central time on the registration deadline. Absolutely no new registrations will be accepted after the deadline
The registration fee is $150.
How to Register
Steps to register:
- Create an NCBE account
- Log into your NCBE Account, selection MPRE registration, and follow the instructions.
- Receive an Authorization to Test email from Pearson Vue. (make sure emails from PeasronVUEconfirmation@pearson.com does not go into SPAM or Junk Mail)
- Selection an appointment to test with Pearson VUE and pay the test fee to them.
- Receive a Confirmation of Person VUE Exam Appointment email and a Confirmation of Payment e-mail from Pearson VUE.
Note: You must schedule the appointment and pay the fee by the registration deadline or you will not be able to take the MPRE during that test administration.
Prior to taking the MPRE
Many students opt to take the MPRE in November or March of their third year of law school. They may also opt to take an Ethics course in the same semester in which they are taking the MPRE. You should plan to devote approximately 25 hours to preparing for the MPRE.
If you need to request a testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please carefully review MPRE Test Accommodations for the relevant requirements and procedures. You must apply for MPRE test accommodations prior to registering for the MPRE.
New York State Jurisdiction
In New York, you can take the MPRE either before or after the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), however, a passing the MPRE score is only valid for four years. New York requires a score of 85 on the MPRE. Scores are scaled and range from 50 to 150, with an average of approximately 100. A raw score of approximately 32 correct out of 50 converts to a scaled score of 85.
From the New York State Bar Examiner’s Bar Exam Handbook, p. 11 (emphasis added):
An applicant may take the MPRE before or after taking the UBE but an MPRE score is valid for only four years from the date the applicant sat for the MPRE.
Since the requirements for accepting an MPRE score vary from one jurisdiction to another, check with the board(s) of bar examiners in each jurisdiction to which you intend to apply before completing the MPRE application. Examination results will be forwarded to one jurisdiction of your choice and will be kept on file at the office of the National Conference of Bar Examiners in Iowa City, Iowa. For more information about reports to additional jurisdictions, visit the General MPRE website.
A two-hour online multiple-choice exam usually given four times a year. It focuses on NY distinctions and NY Practice. You must complete a 17-hour online course, the NY Law Course (NYLC), a month before registering for the exam. It can be taken within one year of taking and passing the Uniform Bar Exam. New York Law Exam (NYLE)
This is known as THE bar exam. It is given the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. It is a 2-day exam including essay questions, multistate performance questions, and multiple-choice questions. Applications to take the bar examination must be filed from November 1st to November 30th for the February examination and from April 1st to April 30th for the July examination. Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
Uniform Bar Examination Information Guide for New York Applicants
Uniform Bar Exam Format
Day 1 morning – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (3 hours)
2 Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions – suggested 90 minutes each
Day 1 afternoon – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (3 hours)
6 Multistate Essay exam (MEE) essays – suggested 30 minutes each
Passing score is 266 for New York.
The grading breakdown is 50% for the MBE, 30% for the MEE, and 20% for the MPT.
Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)
The MBE is given the Tuesday preceding the MBE in February and July. The examination consists of six essays which are thirty (30) minutes each. The subjects that may be tested include the following: 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).
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
The MBE is given the last Wednesday of February and July. The states have their portion of the examination on the Tuesday before or the Thursday after or sometimes both (California). The MBE is a 200 question multiple choice examination covering the following topics: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property and Torts. Beginning with the February 2015 bar examination, Civil Procedure will also be tested.
At the National Council of Bar Examiners website:
- Obtain a NCBE number – You will also use this number to take the required Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). You need a score of 85 on the MPRE for New York. It is offered in March, August and November each year. The score Is valid for three years.
- Create an account to access the New York Law Course and Examination.
The Board of Law Examinations (BOLE) will email you a BOLE ID and password.
- You will then create an Account Profile Page where you will change the password, and provide additional information, including a certification that you, as the applicant, are a “bone fide applicant for admission to the practice of law in New York and anticipate[s] being eligible and plans to site for the UBE within one year.”
- After that you will be eligible to start the New York Law Course (NYLC). The course is FREE.
- You must complete the New York Law Course.
- You may complete the course up to one year before or any time after you take the UBE. But, your application for admission to the bar must be files within three years from the second day you took and received a passing score on the UBE.
You must complete all segments of the New York Law Course (NYLC) before you register for the New York Law Examination (NYLE).
The deadline to register for the New York Law Examination is thirty (30) days before the fate of the NYLE. You must complete the NYLC at least thirty days before the date of the next NYLE to register and take that NYLE. The course may take you longer than planned, so do not expect to complete the course in a single day or the day before your anticipated registration deadline.
The NYLE is on Examsoft and requires you to pay a $27 fee to Examsoft. Remove your law school copy of Examsoft software from your computer and load the NYLE copy of Examsoft software to insure you do not have any issues accessing the NYLE.
In addition to receiving a passing score for New York on the Uniform Bar Examination to be certified as passing the bar examination to apply for admission to practice in New York.
Applications are available online at the Board of Law Examiner‘s website.
Applications must be completed online or received by the New York State Board of Law Examiners within the dates specified by the Board of Law Examiners:
- November 1 – November 30 for the February bar examination, and
- April 1 – April 30 for the July bar examination.
There is no provision for late filing except that for applicants who took the immediately preceding New York bar examination, the deadline for reapplication is 14 days from receipt of the examination results, within the filing deadlines above, whichever is later.
Application Fee and Payment
The fee for the Uniform Bar Examination in New York is $250. If you are qualifying to take the Uniform Bar Examination in New York examination following the study of law in another country (LL.M. students), the fee is $750.
- If you are filing an online application, you must pay by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
- If you are filing a paper application, you must pay by certified check, traveler’s check drawn on a U.S. bank, or money order payable to: “State Board of Law Examiners.”
- Debit cards are not accepted.
“Law School Certificate” & “Specimen of Applicants Handwriting”
Once you complete your online application you will receive a confirmation via email. After the deadline date passes (in December for February takers or May for July takers) you will receive a PDF of two forms sent to your email address. One is called the “Law School Certificate” and the other is the “Specimen of Applicants Handwriting.” Registrar can retrieve and print your “Law School Certificate.” However, you must print and bring the “Specimen of Applicants Handwriting” to the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible to complete it in front of a member of the Registra staff. Do NOT fill out the handwriting sample until you are in front of one of the staff. All New York State bar examination applicants must complete these two forms, even if you are using a laptop to take the exam.