July 2021 NY bar exam is remote and will be capped at 10,000 taker

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July 2021 NY bar exam is remote and will be capped at 10,000 taker

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The July 2021 New York bar exam is remote and will be capped at 10,000 takers

NY Board of Law Examiners announced on March 5th:

On February 2, 2021, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) announced that it will make a full set of Uniform Bar Exam materials available for a remote examination in July 2021. Although vaccinations are now available and the number of COVID-19 cases is decreasing, the COVID-19 pandemic has not abated sufficiently to permit the Board of Law Examiners to safely conduct in-person testing of large numbers of bar applicants in New York. Therefore, in order to provide sufficient notice to prospective bar exam applicants, the July 2021 New York Bar Examination will be administered remotely.

Application to the July 27-28, 2021 bar examination will be open to all eligible applicants. However, the Board will cap the number of applications at 10,000. The application filing period for the July 27-28, 2021 New York bar examination is April 1 – 30, 2021. The application will close on April 30, 2021 or when the 10,000 cap is reached. Applicants shall apply through their BOLE Account in the Applicant Services Portal.

Since the results from the February 2021 bar examination are not anticipated to be released until late April, applicants who are unsuccessful on the February 2021 New York bar examination will be provided an opportunity to apply for the July 2021 bar examination after the release of the February 2021 New York bar exam results.


SO, when the application period opens on April 1, 2021, you should be ready to apply IMMEDIATELY. The application is relatively easy and you can complete it in under 20 minutes. You should have your unofficial Law School transcript handy. Your graduation date is June 15, 2021, despite the May Commencement Ceremony. This date is when SUNY confers all degrees in the state. You also need a MasterCard or Visa credit card to pay the $250 fee. NOT a Debit card. It is the cheapest bar exam cost in the USA. ($750 for LLMs - sorry. Two year JDs and JDs, not LLMs).

Since the NCBE is releasing the exam, it will be a traditional UBE. So, the scores will be portable to other states that accept UBE scores. https://www.ncbex.org/exams/ube/

Questions or concerns? Contact Professor William MacDonald wmacdona@buffalo.edu or Vice Dean for Social Justice Initiatives Melinda Saran saran@buffalo.edu
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