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Bar Exam Resources: New York

Old New York bar exam questions and answers, MPT, MBE, bar course website, and books available in the Pace Law Library.

NY Law Exam

Among other requirements, candidates for admission to the New York bar must take the New York Law Course (NYLC) and the New York Law Exam (NYLE).

The NYLC is a prerequisite to the NYLE. The NYLC will be available in April. More information is available on the BOLE website.

The NYLE will be offered four times per year. The dates and times of administration of the NYLE in 2016 are:

  • May 26, 2016, 12:00 pm EDT
  • August 18, 2016, 12:00 pm EDT
  • October 13, 2016, 12:00 pm EDT
  • December 15, 2016, 12:00 pm EST

General Information

Description of UBE Administered in NY

From the BOLE website:

The UBE is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.

During the morning session on Tuesday, applicants are given three hours to complete two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items. Applicants may work on the MPTs in any order and they are free to decide how to allocate their time between the two MPT items although NCBE develops each MPT as a 90 minute test item.

During the afternoon session on Tuesday, applicants are given three hours to answer six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions. Again, applicants are free to answer the questions in any order and they may decide how to allocate their time among the MEE questions.

On Wednesday, applicants will take the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), which is a six-hour, 200 question multiple-choice exam divided into two three-hour sessions.

The schedule for the UBE in New York is as follows:

  • Tuesday: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The July 2016 bar exam is scheduled for the last Tuesday and Wednesday of the month, July 26-27.

  • MEE (essays) = 30% of score
  • MPT = 20%
  • MBE = 50%

MBE, MEE, and MPT Multistate Exams

Nuts and Bolts of the NY Bar Exam