An applicant seeking eligibility to sit for the exam must satisfy the New York Bar Exam eligibility requirements. New York Board of Bar Examiners is the administrative organization that is charged with enforcing the New York bar exam eligibility requirements. Applicants often ask if they are required to attend law school to be eligible to sit for the New York bar exam. In short, every method for qualifying to sit for the New York bar exam requires some study in law school. There are four alternative New York bar exam eligibility requirements in order to sit for the New York bar exam.
- Obtain a Juris Doctorate degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school.
- A combination of law school study and law office study
- Unapproved law school study and practice in another jurisdiction
- Foreign law school study
- Pro Bono Scholars Program
Most applicants taking the New York bar exam have qualified by satisfying the eligibility requirement of obtaining a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school approved by the ABA. The law school must, at all times during the period of the applicant’s attendance, have been approved by the ABA.