Students must apply directly to the jurisdiction(s) in which they intend to sit for the bar examination. Information on the New York State Bar Examination can be obtained directly from the NYS Board of Law Examiners by calling (518) 453-5990 or from the Board's web site. Information on the New Jersey Bar Examination can be obtained directly from the directly from the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners by calling (609) 815-2911 or from the Board's web site.
Students planning to take the bar exam in other jurisdictions must directly contact the Board of Bar Examiners in the relevant state for information. Addresses for all relevant state boards are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). Simply click on a state from the drop-down list found under the “Jurisdiction Information” heading.
All states require certification of graduation from law school as part of the application to sit for the bar exam and/or to be admitted to the bar. Requests for such certification should be sent to the Office of the Registrar. Students with questions about bar certification paperwork can contact the Registrar by emailing email@example.com or calling 212-790-0295 during regular business hours.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. This will involve an extensive application with detailed questions relating to your work, educational and personal history. Students should be sure to complete these forms carefully, accurately and fully, as the answers will be thoroughly reviewed and may have a significant impact on the student’s application for admission.
A student’s law school application will be forwarded to the bar committee, and any discrepancy between the law school application and the bar application will be explored. If a student is unsure as to whether they were completely candid on their application to law school, they should visit the Registrar’s Office (Room 1034) with their student ID card and ask to see a copy of their application. If a student needs to amend their application to the law school, they can make an appointment to speak to the Dean of Students to discuss the relevant issues and procedures.
Applicants are encouraged to determine the fitness requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Mailing addresses and website addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Students are also recommended to review the Guide to Bar Admissions Requirements published by the NCBE.