Bar Exam Rules for Foreign-Trained students commencing the LLM in the 2012-2013 academic year or at a later date

New York Bar Exam

If you would like to sit for the New York bar exam, please carefully review § 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR §520.6). For information on eligibility to sit for the NY bar exam and on application procedures, visit the New York State Board of Law Examiners website. You will find the full text of Rule 520.6 here.

Evaluation of Foreign Law Credentials

The New York Board of Law Examiners (NY Board) requires all those with a foreign legal education (from common law and civil law jurisdictions) who wish to sit for the NY bar exam to complete an Online Foreign Evaluation Form and to send supporting documentation. Students should complete the Online Foreign Evaluation Form and submit supporting documentation as soon as possible. The deadline to complete the process of submitting materials to the NY Board for the July bar exam is October 1 (the October prior to the July bar exam).

As part of the NY Board’s credential review, you will need to ask the law schools you have attended to send official transcripts to the Board and to supply other documents as well. It may be easier for you to make requests for documents and to access necessary records while you are in your home country. We urge you to complete the process as early as possible so that if the Board finds a deficiency in your documentation, you will have the opportunity to supply additional information before the Oct. 1st deadline.

Please be aware that earning a US LLM does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the New York bar exam.  The New York Board of Law Examiners and not NYU Law School determines eligibility to sit for the exam. Students should consult the Board of Law Examiners' website and follow carefully the instructions posted there, as the Board is the authority in this matter.

NYU Law Classes that Meet 520.6 Requirements

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 LLM 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 LLM degree or to qualify for a particular LLM specialization. For further information on the eligibility rules and a list of classes at NYU Law School that count toward meeting New York’s requirements for foreign-trained lawyers, please go here.

Other State Bar exams

If you are interested in taking the bar exam of a state other than New York, you should now carefully review bar eligibility requirements in that jurisdiction