New York Bar Exam (UBE) details

A typical New York Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

New York Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the New York Board of Law Examiners.

You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.

Day 1

  • Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM)

Day 2

  • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)

MBE

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MEE

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations; and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Plus all MBE subjects

MPT

  • “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

MPRE

  • A scaled score of 85 is required for admission to the bar. Applicant must pass the MPRE within three years before or after passing the New York bar exam as measured from the date the applicant sat for each examination.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.

  • MBE weighted 50%
  • MEE weighted 30%
  • MPT weighted 20%

The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score of 266.

Admission on Motion

May be admitted without exam from states admitting attorneys from New York without exam. Must have practiced five of the last seven years and be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school.

Admission by UBE

A UBE score achieved in another UBE jurisdiction will be accepted in New York for three years from the date the applicant sat for the UBE, as long as applicant achieved a minimum score of 266 and has completed the NYLC and achieved a passing score on the NYLE. 

State Specific Content Knowledge

Applicants must complete the NYLC and NYLE.

The NYLC is an online, on-demand course consisting of approximately 15 hours of videotaped lectures with embedded questions.

The NYLE is a 50 item, two-hour, open book, multiple-choice online exam administered at select dates and times throughout the year. The passing score for the NYLE is 60% (an applicant must answer 30 out of 50 questions correctly).

Written materials are available on the New York Board of Law Examiners website.

Applicants can take the NYLC and NYLE up to one year before or three years after sitting for the UBE, subject to the application filing deadline of the Court of Appeals (requires filing within three years from the date when the applicant sits for the UBE). Applicants must complete the NYLC before they can register for the NYLE.

Pro Bono Hours

All applicants, except those on motion, must complete 50 hours of qualifying Pro Bono work.

Skills Competency and Professional Values

All applicants commencing studies after August 1, 2016 must establish they have acquired skills and professional values necessary to practice law. See Sec. 520.18 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals.

A foreign law graduate or lawyer may already be eligible to sit for a U.S. state bar exam with their current credentials.

New York operates a relatively open policy in permitting foreign law graduates or lawyers to sit the bar examination, and does not impose restrictions to admission on grounds of nationality or residence.

Learn more about U.S. bar exam eligibility and requirements for foreign law graduates, lawyers and U.S. LL.M. students.

We compile all of the information that you need to know about the dates, format, subjects tested, deadlines, fees and more - for each U.S. state - in the free BARBRI Bar Exam Digest.

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