The New York Board of Bar Examiners provide the New York Bar Exam results by emailing written pass or fail notices to all applicants on the same day. On that day, the New York bar examiners will provide a “private results lookup screen” for all applicants to see, online, whether they passed or failed the New York bar exam. The next day, the New York bar examiners will post a list of results including every successful applicant on the websites of the New York bar examiners and the New York Law Journal.
Release of New York Results
Although the New York bar examiners have not specified a particular date for release of the New York bar exam results, traditionally the New York bar examiners release the February results in mid-May and the July results in mid-November.
Results Providing Admission to the New York Bar
The New York Board of Admissions will certify an applicant for admission to the New York Bar if the applicant has
- attained a passing score on the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE),
- successfully completed the 15-hour online New York Law Course (NYLC) in New York-specific law,
- successfully completed the 2-hour online, open book, New York Law Exam (NYLE); and
- successfully passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).
If the applicant has not provided any of the last three of those four results, then the New York bar examiners will provide written notice to the applicant. Usually, the New York Board of Admissions certifies bar exam applicants on a weekly basis. It is crucial that each applicant for the New York Bar have a current address on file with the Board of Admissions in order to certify the applicant to the correct department of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Courts, upon receipt of the applicant’s results. Additional requirements that the applicant must fulfill to obtain admission to the New York Bar include having:
- satisfied the New York character and fitness requirements,
- performed 50 hours of pro bono (i.e., free) legal services, and
- fulfilled the New York Skills Competency Requirement.