Registration and Online Sign UpThe New York bar exam application is available online. If you are eligible to take the New York Bar Exam, then you can sign up using the online application provided by the New York Board of Law Examiners.
Online New York Bar Exam Application
The New York Board of Law Examiners administer the application. Register or sign up here.
When the application period is open, you will be able to access and complete the New York bar examiners’ online application to sit for the New York bar exam. For the February New York bar exam, the earliest application filing date is usually November 1st, and the filing deadline is usually November 30th. For the July New York bar exam, the earliest application filing date is April 1st, and the filing deadline is April 30th.
The application is thorough and requires you to disclose a substantial amount of your life experiences. You must disclose the places you have worked, lived, been educated, and much more.
Character and Fitness
As a part of the application process, you must pass through a separate character and fitness check administered by the Committee on Character and Fitness. The examiners will investigate your history to determine whether you possess the character and fitness required to practice law in the state of New York.
You must complete a questionnaire and submit substantial supporting documentation. The supporting documentation includes two affidavits of good moral character, legal employment affidavits, and law school certification.
The character and fitness process may take several months. You may also be required to submit to an interview.