New York Bar Exam Fees

The New York bar exam fee varies depending upon several factors.  Additionally, different New York bar exam fees may apply for different aspects of the application for admission.  A bar exam applicant has to pay a fee in order to:

  • apply to take the New York State Bar Exam;
  • participate in the Laptop Program of the New York Board of Law Examiners;
  • receive copies of the applicant’s answers to the New York written questions (the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items) if the applicant failed the New York bar exam; or
  • also receive copies of the New York bar exam’s written questions and selected applicants’ answers.
Type of Fee Amount of Fee
Bar Exam Application Fee – Applicants Who Did Not Study Law in Foreign Country $250
Bar Exam Application Fee – Applicants Who Did Study Law in Foreign Country $750
Technology Fee to Participate in the Laptop Program (Payable to Software Vendor) $100
Fee for Copies of a Failing Applicant’s Written Answers $40
Fee for Copies of a Failing Applicants’ Written Answers, MEE and MPT Questions, and Selected Answers $70
Fee for taking the online New York Law Exam (NYLE)* (Payable to Software Vendor) $27

*No fee applies to taking the online New York Law Course (NYLC) before taking the NYLE.>

New York Bar Exam Fee

Applicants Who Did Not Study Law in Foreign Country

The New York bar examiners charge a $250 fee to process applications to take the New York Bar Exam that are submitted by applicants qualifying for the New York bar exam because of their education:

      • at American Bar Association approved law schools,
      • at unapproved law schools, or
      • by law office study; or

because of the applicants’ participation in the Pro Bono Scholars Program.

New York Bar Exam Fee – Foreign Study

Applicants Who Did Study Law in Foreign Country

The New York bar examiners charge a $750 fee to process applications to take the New York bar exam that are submitted by applicants qualifying for the New York bar exam because of their study of law in a foreign country.

New York Bar Exam Technology Fee

Laptop Program Participation

If an applicant chooses to participate in the Laptop Program for the New York bar exam in order to take the written portion of the New York bar exam (i.e., the MEE  and the MPT), then the applicant must pay a non-refundable technology fee of $100 directly to the software vendor designated for the Laptop Program by the New York bar examiners.

New York Bar Exam Written Portion Materials for Failing Applicant

Fee for Copies of Failing Applicant’s Essay Answers

If an applicant fails the New York bar exam by receiving a final score below 266 on a 400 point scale, then the applicant may order one set of copies of their own answers to the MEE questions and MPT items by sending his written request to the New York bar examiner’s office with a cashier’s check, certified check, or money order in the amount of the $40 fee, payable to “State Board of Law Examiners.”

Fee for Copies of Failing Applicant’s Essay Answers, the Questions, and Selected Answers

A failing applicant may order copies of the applicant’s MEE and MPT answers, the MEE questions and a synopsis of the MPT items, and selected applicants’ MEE and MPT answers, by sending his written request to the New York bar examiner’s office with a cashier’s check, certified check, or money order in the amount of the $70 fee, payable to “State Board of Law Examiners.”