New York Bar Exam
The New York Court of Appeals recently amended the rule on eligibility of foreign-trained attorneys to sit for the New York Bar. If you intend to sit for the New York Bar, please carefully review the rule (§ 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR §520.6)). For its full text and information on application procedures, visit the New York State Board of Law Examiners Web site.
Some students from common law countries will be found eligible to sit for the NY Bar on the basis of their first law degree. However, many students will need both to complete the LL.M. degree and take certain numbers of credits in particular classes as part of the degree in order to be eligible. These eligibility requirements are independent of any requirements that must be satisfied in order to earn the LL.M. degree or to qualify for a particular LL.M. specialization.
The following links provide further information:
1) 520.6 Study of Law in Foreign Country; Required Legal Education
2) NYU Law Classes That Meet §520.6 Requirements
3) New York Bar Exam Eligibility Checklist