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Bar Exam Resources

A guide to resources for law students preparing to take a bar exam

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New York Adopts UBE

On May 5, 2015, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that New York is adopting the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) effective with July 2016.

General Information for Bar Applicants

Description of UBE Administered in NY

From the BOLE website:

  • The UBE is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. 
    • The February 2019 bar exam is scheduled for, February 26-27, 2019
    • The July 2019 bar exam is scheduled for July 30-31, 2019.

 • The schedule for the UBE in New York is as follows:

  • Tuesday: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.
    • During the morning session on Tuesday, applicants are given three hours to complete two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items. Applicants may work on the MPTs in any order and they are free to decide how to allocate their time between the two MPT items although NCBE develops each MPT as a 90 minute test item.
    • During the afternoon session on Tuesday, applicants are given three hours to answer six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions. Again, applicants are free to answer the questions in any order and they may decide how to allocate their time among the MEE questions.
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.
    •  On Wednesday, applicants will take the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), which is a six-hour, 200 question multiple-choice exam divided into two three-hour sessions.

Subjects Covered on the UBE

Components of the Uniform Bar Exam

Official Information Subjects Questions
♦ Civil Procedure
♦ Constitutional Law
– Includes UCC Art. 2
♦ Criminal Law & Procedure
♦ Evidence
♦ Real Property
♦ Torts
• 200 multiple choice
• Questions evenly distributed among the seven subjects
• Two three-hour sessions

All of the subjects above, plus:

♦ Business Associations
♦ Conflict of Laws
♦ Family Law
♦ Trusts and Estates
♦ UCC 2 (Secured Transactions)

• Six 30-minute essays
• Any combination of possible subjects
♦ Problem solving
♦ Legal Analysis and Reasoning
♦ Factual Analysis
♦ Communication
♦ Organization and Management of a legal task
♦ Recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas
• Two 90-minute exercises
• Tests "fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation."

New York Law Exam: General Information

  • Among other requirements, candidates for admission to the New York bar must take the New York Law Course (NYLC) and the New York Law Exam (NYLE).
  • The NYLC is an online, on demand, course in New York specific law.  It is a prerequisite to the NYLE. More information is available on the BOLE website.
  • The NYLE is a 50-item, two hour, open book multiple choice online test. It will have questions on important New York rules in Administrative law, Business Law, Civil Practice adn Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Property, Torts, and Trusts, Wills, and Estates. 
  • The NYLE will be offered four times per year. The dates and times of administration of the NYLE for 2019 are: For registration fees and deadlines please refer to the BOLE website.
    • March 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm EST 
    • June 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm EST
    • September 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm EST
    • December 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm EST

MBE, MEE, and MPT Background and Basics

Nuts and Bolts of the NY Bar Exam

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