New York Bar Exam Information

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New York Bar Exam Format

Overview

The New York Bar Exam is administered over two days. The examiners have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”).

Day 1

The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the New York bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”) and the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”). You will have three hours to answer two MPT questions. You will have three hours to answer the six MEE questions.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the New York bar exam. The MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. The MBE is split into a morning and afternoon session. Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.

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Exam Dates

  • July 30-31, 2019
  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021

New York Bar Admissions

New York State Board of Law Examiners
Corporate Plaza, Building #3
254 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY 12203

New York MPRE Score Requirement

New York requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 85 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in New York.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the New York bar exam, you must score at least 266. This equates to 133, based on the MBE’s 200-point scale. The scores of the exam sections are weighted as follows: MEE 30%, MPT 20%, and MBE 50%. New York makes bar exam results available approximately 90 days after the exam.

Reciprocity

The law examiners permit admission on a transferred UBE score of 266 within 3 years of when the score was attained, provided that the applicant fulfills all other requirements for admission to the New York State Bar. Generally, the law examiners permit an attorney’s admission on motion to the New York State Bar, if the attorney:

  • has practiced law for five of the past seven years;
  • is admitted to practice law in a reciprocal jurisdiction; and
  • has graduated from an American Bar Association-approved law school.
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New York Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts, Wills, and Estates
  • UCC Article 2 – Secured Transactions
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MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Torts
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New York Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201874%22%63%
February 201859%25%38%
July 201778%32%62%
February 201761%34%44%
July 201673%24%64%
February 201655%34%40%
July 201570%22%61%
February 201556%35%43%
July 201474%20%65%
February 201462%39%47%
July 201378%23%69%
February 201364%42%50%
July 201276%25%68%
February 201259%34%44%
July 201179%25%69%
February 201163%39%48%

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