New York Bar Exam Difficulty

Relative Difficulty Level
Very Difficult 72%

Difficulty Exceeds that of Many Bar Exams

The New York bar exam difficulty exceeds that of a number of state bar exams.  Although the New York Bar Exam is not one of the most difficult bar exams in the United States, it qualifies as a relatively difficult bar exam.

An applicant must score 266 on a 400 point scale in order to pass the New York Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).   When considered on a 200 point scale, the New York passing score of 133 is comparable to the bar exam passing score of some states that do not administer the UBE.  In comparison to the passing score of the other states that administer the UBE, the New York UBE passing score fits in the middle of the range between about half of the UBE states having higher passing scores  (e.g., 270 or 280) and about half of the other UBE states having the same or a lower passing score (e.g., 260).

New York Bar Exam Components

Comparable to Many Bar Exams

The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is a test component that the New York UBE has in common with the bar exam of most other jurisdictions. The New York bar exam includes the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), as does the bar exam in many other jurisdictions (particularly the states that administer the UBE). The New York bar exam is not unusual in terms of those three multistate tests (MBE, MEE, and MPT) and its two-day duration. Although some jurisdictions have bar exams that include some part of a third day of testing, and a few jurisdictions have bar exams that are less than two days of testing, New York falls within the majority of jurisdictions that have a two-day bar exam. Still, it is difficult to prepare for and take a two-day bar exam.