New York Admission Laws

Admission to practice law in New York state is governed under Part 520 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals Section 520.1 et seq.  As prescribed under New York admission laws, the ultimate responsibility for regulating admission to practice law is vested in the Court of Appeals.  Pursuant to Section 520.2, an applicant for admission to the New York State Bar examination shall furnish satisfactory proof that the applicant is over 21 years of age.  Education qualification required for an applicant to be qualified to take the New York State Bar examination is graduation with a first degree in law from a law school approved by the American Bar Association.  According to Section 520.9, an applicant must take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination prior to completion of the requirements for taking the New York State Bar examination.  The passing score in New York for the MPRE is 85.  The New York State Board of Law Examiners determines the passing score for applicants.  The Board shall hold a Mutistate Bar Examination (MBE) and an applicant taking the New York Bar examination shall have the option to transfer to New York an MBE score attained in another jurisdiction.  As enumerated under Section 520.10, any person practicing law in the highest law court in any other jurisdiction of the United States can be admitted to practice as an attorney in New York without examination, if the applicant has been practicing law for at least five of the seven years in that court.  Additionally, an attorney admitted to the New York Bar should compulsorily complete a minimum of 32 credit hours of accredited transitional education within the first two years of the date of admission to the Bar.

NY CLS Ct of App § 520.2

§ 520.2.  Admission upon examination
(a) Proof required by the New York State Board of Law Examiners.  An applicant for admission to the New York State bar examination shall furnish to the New York State Board of Law Examiners, in accordance with its rules, proof satisfactory to said board:

(1) that applicant is over 21 years of age;

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NY CLS Ct of App § 520.3

§ 520.3.  Study of law in law school
(a) (1) General. (Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2) of this subdivision, an applicant may qualify to take the New York State bar examination by submitting to the New York State Board of Law Examiners satisfactory proof that applicant attended and was graduated with a first degree in law from a law school or law schools which at all times during the period of applicant’s attendance was or were approved.

NY CLS Rules Rel to Judges & Attys § 6000.6
§ 6000.6.  Examination
(a) Examination dates. The board shall hold examinations twice each year, on two consecutive days, being the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.
(b) Passing score. The score required to pass the bar examination is 665.
(c) New York section. The first day of each examination (the New York section) will consist of 50 multiple choice questions and five essay questions in substantive and procedural law, and one Multistate Performance Test (MPT) developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The multiple choice and essay questions presented on the New York section will test the subjects detailed in the Content Outline maintained on the board’s website.
(d) Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) will be administered on the second day of the examination. Information regarding the MBE is available on the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at www.ncbex.org.
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NY CLS Ct of App § 520.10

§ 520.10.  Admission without examination
(a) General. In its discretion, the Appellate Division may admit to practice without examination an applicant who:
(1) (i) has been admitted to practice in the highest law court in any other state or territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia; or
(ii) has been admitted to practice as an attorney and counselor-at-law or the equivalent in the highest court in another country whose jurisprudence is based upon the principles of the English Common Law; and
(iii) is currently admitted to the bar in such other jurisdiction or jurisdictions, that at least one such jurisdiction in which the attorney is so admitted would similarly admit an attorney or counselor-at-law admitted to practice in New York State to its bar without examination.

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NY CLS Jud Appx CLE 1500.12
1500.12.  Minimum requirements
(a) Credit hours. Each newly admitted attorney shall complete a minimum of 32 credit hours of accredited transitional education within the first two years of the date of admission to the Bar. Sixteen accredited hours shall be completed in each of the first two years of admission to the Bar as follows:
(1) three hours of ethics and professionalism;
(2) six hours of skills; and
(3) seven hours of law practice management and areas of professional practice.
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