If you're interested in taking the New York State Bar Exam in July, you'll need to meet these deadlines.

By April 30

  • Fill out the online application for Bar Exam, usually available beginning April 1.
    • Students who wish to use a paper application should contact The New York State Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) office at (518) 453-5900 for further information.
    • All online applications must be received through the BOLE online system between April 1 and April 30. The New York State Board of Law Examiners imposes strict deadlines for applications to take the Bar Exam.  
  • For JD Students:
    • Complete the online Certificate of Attendance-Juris Doctor. A copy will automatically be sent to the Office of Records and Registration.
    • Review of Degree Progress/Audit Report may be helpful.

  • Additional information for LLM students taking the New York Bar:
    • Complete the Online Request for Foreign Evaluation of Academic Credentials
      • You must submit your Foreign Evaluation Form and supporting foreign documentation no later than October 1st for the July bar exam.
      • BOLE recommends that candidates complete the Foreign Evaluation of Academic Credentials at least six months in advance of the application to sit for the bar. 
      • BOLE advises against applying for the bar exam prior to receiving a decision on the foreign evaluation because the application fee is not refundable.
    • Complete the LLM Certificate of Attendance
    • View the Eligibility Requirements for LLMs. 

By May 1

  • Students must submit papers from prior semesters to their faculty member for a grade.

By Last Day of the NYU Spring Exam Period

  • Students must complete all work from their final semester by the last day of the exam period for that semester.
  • All grades must be entered by the University Registrar's Office before a student can be certified to take the Bar Examination.

By May 31

  • Bring the completed Bar Authorization Form to the Office of Records & Registration, so that you can be certified for any bar that you designate.
  • You will be asked to provide a Handwriting Sample, which will be emailed to you after the online application period closes.
    • If you are out of the state, you may have your handwriting sample notarized by a certified notary public and send it to the NYS Board of Law Examiners or to the Office of Records & Registration who can forward the sample on your behalf. Contact a member of the Office of Records & Registration to inform them that you have personally forwarded your handwriting sample to the Bar.
  • If you are a NYU School of Law graduate, you may send the bar certification form, along with a witnessed and notarized handwriting sample to:

    Office of Records & Registration
    New York University School of Law
    245 Sullivan Street, Suite 400
    New York, NY 10012