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Bar Association, New York State State
Attorneys must pass the Bar Exam to practice law in New York State.

All applicants must have completed at least some formal legal studies to qualify for the Bar Exam. All applicants must pass the Bar Exam to practice as an attorney in New York State.

Legal studies include:
  • a Juris Doctor (JD) from an American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law school;
  • a combination of law school study at an ABA-approved law school and study or clerkship at a law office;
  • study at an unapproved law school and practice in another jurisdiction for 5 of the past 7 years; and/or
  • completion of a program of study at a foreign law school that can be considered substantively equivalent to that of an ABA-approved law school in the United States


For more information, contact:

New York State Board of Law Examiners
254 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY 12203-5195
Phone: (518) 453-5990
Fax: (518) 452-5729
Website: http://www.nybarexam.org/

New York State Bar Association
Information and Referral Service
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (800) 342-3661
lr@nysba.org
Website: http://www.nysba.org/

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