The New York State Board of Law Examiners on Foreign Legal Education (22 NYCRR 520.6)

Anyone who has received a first degree in law from a foreign country and wishes to sit for the New York Bar Exam should first understand the rules for Bar Exam eligibility for foreign-educated attorneys and obtain an evaluation of his/her foreign credentials directly from the Board of Law Examiners

An applicant must submit credentials and necessary supporting documents for evaluation by the Board of Law Examiners through the Foreign Evaluation On-line Form.

The Board will not commence review of any request for an evaluation until it is in receipt of all required documentation. Please 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.

New York State Board of Law Examiners
Corporate Plaza- Building 3
254 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY 12203-5195
518/452-8700 (tel)
800/342-3335 (tel)
518/452-5729 (fax)

If you must establish eligibility for the New York Bar Exam based on an LLM degree from an ABA-accredited law school in the United States, we have provided course selection guidelines that show which Cardozo courses fulfill the Bar Exam requirements.     

Cardozo School of Law makes no representation or assurance that students who complete the LL.M. program will qualify for the New York State Bar Exam or the bar examination of any other jurisdiction.

Skills Competency and Professional Values Requirement 
New York’s Skills Competency and Professional Values Bar Admission Requirement [Rule 520.18(a)(1)]
Pathway 1 (Approval by the New York Court of Appeals pending):
Cardozo’s LL.M. program requires students to complete 24 credits of coursework. For students who cannot satisfy any of the other pathways for satisfaction of the skills and competency and professional values requirement, we will require students to complete the following program in order to satisfy Pathway 1:
8 required credits in coursework designed especially for foreign lawyers seeking to develop competency and skills peculiar to the American legal system;
2 or 3 credits of Professional Responsibility; and
6 credits from among an array of skills courses, some of which we have designed specifically for LL.M. students, and some of which are open both to J.D. and LL.M. students.
This pathway would require students to take at least 16 of the 24 required credits in non-traditional, non-doctrinal courses designed to enhance their readiness to practice law in New York. Students are advised that in order to provide sufficient coursework to satisfy Pathway 1, they would likely need to complete many more credits than the 24 required on the Rule 520.6(b)(3).