Good luck to those of you who will take the online New York Law Exam this week as part of the bar admission requirements of the New York State Board of Law Examiners! If you aren’t taking it this week but you plan to take it in the future, please remember the dates and application deadlines, which are separate from the dates and deadlines for the Uniform Bar Exam that New York administers (also required for bar admission). The New York Law Exam is given four times a year.
If you expect to apply for admission to the New York bar (or any other state), make sure to review carefully all the rules and instructions that every state provides on an official website, such as www.nybarexam.org or www.gabaradmissions.org. An easy way to find the website of the state where you plan to take a bar exam and seek admission is to start at the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, www.ncbex.org. Bookmark that website and the website for your bar jurisdiction if you haven’t done so already!
The ABA Journal has published the following summary today to reflect more changes announced by bar jurisdictions yesterday:
In light of public health concerns, Illinois and New York have joined the growing list of states that canceled in-person bar exams, with plans for an October remote test offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Ohio and New Hampshire made similar announcements Wednesday, as did Tennessee, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts and New Jersey during the month of July. Maryland is also offering the NCBE October exam, which the state announced in June.
Additionally, Louisiana announced on Wednesday that the state would be offering diploma privilege for candidates who graduated from an ABA-accredited law school no earlier than December 2019.
According to the NCBE’s website, Utah, Oregon and Washington are also offering diploma privilege.
*New July 16, 2020 *
UPDATE REGARDING THE SEPTEMBER 2020 BAR EXAMINATION:
In light of accelerating public health concerns and continuing governmental restrictions, the Board of Law Examiners has concluded that an in-person bar exam cannot be safely administered on September 9-10, 2020. Participants’ health and safety must remain our top priority and, because conditions have not sufficiently improved, the September exam has been cancelled. Please continue to monitor this website for updates regarding the New York bar exam. Additional information can be found in the Court of Appeals’ statement, available here.
When a determination is made as to a future exam, the Board will announce how the application fees paid by candidates currently registered for the September exam will be handled.