Bar Exams in Other States
New York State Bar
3Ls wishing to take the New York State Bar are strongly advised to pay attention to the following eligibility requirement:
UC Irvine School of Law was granted provisional accreditation by the ABA during your second year of study - therefore you must petition the New York State Court of Appeals for a waiver to sit for the New York bar exam. Please note applicable deadlines!
Provisionally Approved Law Schools. The law school which the applicant attended must have been approved by the ABA during all periods of the applicant's attendance. Provisional ABA approval is acceptable provided that the law school had provisional status during all periods of the applicant's attendance. If the law school did not have ABA approval during all periods of the applicant’s attendance, it will be necessary for the applicant to petition the Court of Appeals under Section 520.14 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals, for a waiver of strict compliance with the provisions of Section 520.3 of the Court Rules. Applicants who will need to petition the Court of Appeals for a waiver should do so as early as possible and preferably no later than 60 days prior to the date of the bar examination.
Program of Study must satisfy the instructional requirements of Rule 520.3. Graduates of ABA-approved law schools with a first degree in law should be prepared to submit sufficient proof that the program of study that they followed satisfies the instructional requirements of Section 520.3, including the Residency Requirements of subsection (d) and (e).
Important details and forms for New York State Bar:
- Information about petitioning the court - State of New York Court of Appeals web site
- Forms that students must submit to the Law School Registrar for completion so they can sit for the New York Bar - The New York State Board of Law Examiners web site
- New pro bono requirement - In September 2012, New York State adopted a new requirement for bar applicants seeking admission after January 1, 2015: Applicants must complete 50 hours of pro bono work prior to filling out the application for admission. Full details of new rule (PDF)