COVID-19 Updates for Alumni

  • We expect that we will continue to provide continuing legal education (CLE) for our alumni community at appropriate events offered online. Because the CLE Board’s online attendance requirements are stricter than those for in-person attendance, we are currently working with our IT team to make remote participation for CLE credit as simple as possible.  
  • Information about loan repayment relief provisions in the CARES Act. 
  • NYU Law COVID-19 Hardship Fund. The Law School recognizes that many of our students are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and that these challenges often have a financial component. To provide some relief to students under unanticipated financial strain related to coronavirus (COVID-19), we have established an NYU Law COVID-19 Hardship Fund. To support our community during this time, please visit the Law School's giving page and select "NYU Law COVID-19 Response Fund." You may also reach out to our Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations, Nick Vagelatos, at nick.vagelatos@nyu.edu. A heartfelt thank you in advance for your generosity.

2020 Graduates

Bar Exam and Bar Eligibility

  • On July 29, the New York State Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) announced the following: “In light of accelerating public health concerns and continuing governmental restrictions, the September 9-10, 2020 bar exam is cancelled. New York will administer the emergency remote option offered by NCBE, on October 5-6, 2020. 
  • On August 17, BOLE announced that it is making arrangements to allow candidates to transfer scores earned on the October 5-6 remote bar examination administered in jurisdictions outside of New York.
  • The Court simultaneously announced further details about a  temporary practice authorization for recent law school graduates, issuing a practice order which is effective July 22. The Law School administration is currently examining the terms of the practice order to understand more completely how it might affect our graduates, and will continue to advocate on their behalf.
  • Graduates taking the bar in another jurisdiction should monitor that bar examiner's website. The National Conference of Bar Examiners has a listing of contact and website information for all US jurisdictions in their online Bar Admissions Guide and also a page tracking each state’s decision on administration of the bar exam in light of COVID-19 concerns.
  • The Office of Academic Services has performed a review of the 50 states and their bar requirements. Most jurisdictions appear to have no online requirement that would require NYU Law to apply for a waiver. All students are required to know the rules of their jurisdiction and are encouraged to review their state’s bar exam rules. Those needing assistance in finding the proper resources should contact the Office of Academic Services. 

Convocation

  • On March 25, NYU President Andrew Hamilton announced with regret that we would have to reimagine our graduation exercises for 2020, and it would not be possible or responsible to hold our traditional ceremony in May. We are hoping to arrange an in-person ceremony for our 2020 graduates at some point in the future, but we did find a way to celebrate them virtually on May 21. The celebration is available for viewing on our website. Please reach out to convocation@mercury.law.nyu.edu if you have questions or thoughts about upcoming plans.

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