New York Bar Exam

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New York Board of Law Examiners

Corporate Building-Plaza 3
254 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY 11203-5195

Tel: (518) 453-5990
Fax: (518) 452-5729



The New York Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Albany County, Buffalo, New York City, White Plains.

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 24
2016 Summer: July 26 and 27


The New York Bar Exam is a 2 day exam.

February 2016 Exam Format:

Day 1: Five New York essay questions (worth 40%), one Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question (worth 10%), and 50 New York multiple-choice questions (worth 10%).

Day 2: MBE, a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (worth 40%).


NOTE: New York is converting to administering the Uniform Bar Exam beginning with the July 2016 exam.

Summer 2016 Exam Format:

The SUMMER 2016 New York bar exam will be a two-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

Day 1: Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

New York Essay Subjects:

  • Agency
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporations
  • Domestic Relations
  • Equity
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Future Interests
  • Insurance (No-Fault)
  • Mortgages
  • New York Practice
  • New York Professional Responsibility
  • Partnership
  • Personal Property
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Workers' Compensation
  • plus New York distinctions for all MBE subjects

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

Applicant must pass the MPRE within three years before or after passing the New York bar exam as measured from the date the applicant sat for each examination. A minimum scaled score of 85 is required.

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Apply online at between November 1 and November 30 for the February exam; between April 1 and April 30 for the July exam. No early or late applications accepted.

Exam fee: $250 (foreign trained applicants: $750)

Admission on motion: Contact Board of Law Examiners for information.


Scores on all sections are combined to determine if applicant has acheived a passing score. No minimum passing score required on any section of the NY Bar Exam.

Results are generally released in early May for the February exam and mid-November for the July exam.


Acceptance of MBE Score Applicant may transfer MBE score from a concurrent exam only.

Admission on Motion May be admitted without exam from states admitting attorneys from New York without exam. Must have practice 5 of the last 7 years and be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school.

Acceptance of UBE Score: Beginning October 1, 2016, applicant may transfer their UBE score from February 2014 and later as long as applicant has taken the NYLC and NYLE. The fee to transfer one’s score is $250 ($750 for foreign trained applicants).

Visit for additional information. Bar exam information is subject to change without notice; please verify with bar examiners' office.



In addition, applicants must complete the New York Law Course (NYLC) and New York Law Exam (NYLE). The NYLC is an online course in New York-specific law with questions built into it. The NYLE will be a 50 item multiple choice test, offered at least four times per year beginning Spring 2016. Applicants can take the NYLC and NYLE up to one year before or three years after sitting for the UBE, subject to the application filing deadline of the Court of Appeals (requires filing within 3 years from the date when the applicant sits for the UBE). Applicants must complete the NYLC before they can take the NYLE. The NYLE will be an open book test. An applicant who fails the NYLE will be required to retake both the NYLC and the NYLE.

Applicants must also comply with the 50 hour pro bono requirement.

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