Starting in July 2016, New York will administer the Uniform Bar Examination and also require bar applicants to complete both the New York Law Course and the New York Law Exam before being admitted to practice in New York.
A. The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is a high quality, uniform battery of tests that are administered contemporaneously in every other jurisdiction that has adopted the UBE. It consists of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE).
More information regarding the UBE, including the list of jurisdictions that have adopted the UBE, is available at the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at: https://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/.
B. The New York Law Course
The New York Law Course (NYLC) is an online, on demand course on important and unique aspects of New York law in the subjects of Administrative Law, Business Relationships, Civil Practice and Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Matrimonial and Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Torts and Tort Damages, and Trusts, Wills and Estates. The NYLC consists of approximately 15 hours of videotaped lectures with embedded questions which must be answered correctly before an applicant can continue viewing the lecture.
For additional information on the NYLC, please see https://www.newyorklawcourse.org/.
C. The New York Law Exam
In addition to completing the New York Law Course, bar applicants must always successfully pass the New York Law Exam (NYLE). The NYLE is a 50 item, two hour, open book, multiple choice test administered online. The NYLE tests important New York rules on the topics of Administrative Law, Business Relationships, Civil Practice and Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Matrimonial and Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Torts and Tort Damages, and Trusts, Wills and Estates.
The NYLE will be offered four times per year. The dates and times of administration of the NYLE in 2016 are:
- May 26, 2016, 12:00 pm ED
- August 18, 2016, 12:00 pm EDT
- October 13, 2016, 12:00 pm EDT
- December 15, 2016, 12:00 pm EST
An applicant will be permitted to take the NYLC and NYLE up to one year before and three years after the applicant first sits for the UBE, and an applicant must complete the NYLC before taking the NYLE. For additional information on the NYLE, please see https://www.nybarexam.org/UBE/UBE.html.