Bar Exam

New York limits bar exam to in-state graduates because of coronavirus concerns

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Because of space concerns related to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the New York bar exam will now be administered at law schools there. And for now, applications are limited to people who graduated in the state.

The exam is scheduled for Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, and the application process runs from May 5 to 15, according to an April 30 notice on the New York State Board of Law Examiners website.

After the first application period closes, the board will determine whether there’s enough seating for out-of-state graduates, too. The state has 15 law schools.

New York has used the Uniform Bar Exam since 2016.

“Given the constraints caused by the public health crisis, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider sitting for the UBE at a later date or in other jurisdictions that may be better positioned to accommodate test-takers. While our efforts to maximize seating are ongoing, the health and safety of all participants must remain our top priority,” the New York State Board of Law Examiners stated on its website.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners offers the UBE, and 36 states have adopted it. A map of those states can be seen here.

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