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Bar Exam Guide: New York

Guide to the Bar exam

The Basics

Components of the New York Bar Exam (UBE):

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 50%

The Mulitistate Essay Examination (MEE) 30%

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) 20%


New York is a UBE jurisdiction and excepts UBE scores up to 3 years old. In addition, New York considers the following jurisdictions reciprocal and an attorney may be admitted on motion if, among other things, the attorney has been engaged in the actual practice for at least five of the seven years preceding application to the New York bar.

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Where to find more information:

The New York State Board of Law Examiners

New York Law School Bar Exam Research Guide