Interested in the New York State Bar Examination? Must Read Information

The law school received the following information on March 28, 2016 from John J. McAlary, Executive Director of the New York State Board of Law Examiners.

In conjunction with the adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York, the State Board of Law Examiners was directed by the Court of Appeals to create an on-line course, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and an on-line, open book exam on New York specific law, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE).

A candidate seeking admission in New York must take the NYLC and take and pass the NYLE, in addition to earning a score satisfying New York’s passing score on the UBE, prior to be being certified to one of our Appellate Division departments for a character and fitness investigation.

The Board expects to make the NYLC available by early April. Applicants will be required to view recorded lectures on 12 subjects covered by the NYLC and NYLE. When viewing the lectures the first time, applicants will be required to answer questions during the course of each lecture, to assure that they are attentive to and gaining an understanding of the material presented.  Applicants will be able to review the lectures again, if they wish, at a later time, without answering the embedded questions.

The NYLE will be administered this year on May 26th, August 18th, October 13th, and December 15th.  Details regarding the NYLC and NYLE requirements can be found on our website at

The Board has prepared comprehensive Course Materials for the NYLC and NYLE. Those materials are now also available on our website at All of the questions that will appear on the NYLE will be based on these materials and can be answered by reference to them.

Although the NYLE is an open book exam, it will be a rigorous one. Time will not permit an applicant to research the materials for the answer to every question.  Preparation for the NYLE by taking the NYLC and studying the Course Materials will be necessary.
Executive Director

For further information, please call New York State Board of Law Examiners or visit their website:
Phone 518 453-5990
FAX 518-452-5729

Author: Liz Sauders

Manager of Compliance and Technology for The University of Akron School of Law