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Old New York bar exam questions and answers, MPT, MBE, bar course website, and books available in the Pace Law Library.
Last Updated: Jun 8, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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NY Adopts UBE

On May 5, 2015, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that New York is adopting the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) effective with July 2016.

General Information

  • New York State Board of Law Examiners (BOLE)
    Information about applying for the bar, bar exam results, old bar exam questions and answers.
  • Request for Public Comment on Adoption of UBE
    The New York State Board of Law Examiners has recommended to the New York Court of Appeals that the current bar examination be replaced with the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). The Court of Appeals is considering adopting the UBE for the administration of the bar exam. On Nov. 12, 2014, the Court of Appeals issued a revised Request for Public Comment on the proposal. Submissions will be accepted until March 1, 2015.
  • Advisory Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination
    "The Advisory Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) was created by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to comprehensively examine a proposal to adopt the UBE as part of the New York bar examination. A study committee chaired by the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, and comprised of representatives of law schools, the bar, the judiciary and the State Board of Law Examiners, is considering this proposal."
  • Content Outline for the New York State Bar Examination (BOLE)
    Provides information regarding the subject matter tested on the New York bar examination to law school students and bar candidates. The outline is intended to indicate, in summary fashion, the bar examination’s potential scope of coverage.

    Effective with the July 2014 bar exam, the Board will no longer test UCC Article 3 – Negotiable Instruments on the New York section of the bar exam. Effective with the February 2015 exam, Administrative Law will be added to the list of subject matters tested on the New York section of the bar exam.
  • Past NY Bar Exam Questions and Answers
    Past NY Bar exam questions with sample candidate answers.
  • Preparing for the Bar Exam
    Advice from the Academic Support Program at Pace Law School.
  • Reports and Press Releases from NY BOLE
    Press releases, bar passage rate statistics, and reports from the BOLE.
  • Bar Exam Results (BOLE)
    Alphabetical list of candidates who passed the bar.
  • Which Bar Prep Course is the Best?
    Brian Dalton provides information about the major bar prep providers for Above the Law. He analyzes variables including cost, format, guarantees, discounts, and pass rate. Keep in mind that you can sometimes negotiate a better price than what is listed.
  • Developing Legal Careers and Delivering Justice in the 21st Century
    Report by the NYC Bar Association Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession, issued Fall 2013. Discusses changes to the NY bar exam to reflect the needs of the profession, including dropping UCC article 3 (negotiable instruments) in July 2014 and adding administrative law in February 2015.

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Description of NY Bar Exam

From the BOLE website:

Schedule for First Day of the Examination (Tuesday):
In the morning session, which begins at 9:00 A.M. and ends at 12:15 P.M., applicants must complete three essays and the 50 multiple choice questions in three hours and 15 minutes. Although applicants are free to use their time as they choose, the Board estimates an allocation of 40 minutes per essay and 1.5 minutes per multiple choice question.

In the afternoon session, which begins at 2:00 P.M. and ends at 5:00 P.M., applicants must complete the remaining two essay questions and the MPT in three hours. Again, although applicants are free to use their time as they choose, the National Conference of Bar Examiners developed the MPT with the intention that it be used as a 90-minute test. Therefore, the Board recommends that applicants allocate 90 minutes to the MPT and 45 minutes to each essay.

Schedule for Second Day of the Examination – MBE (Wednesday):
The second day of the examination is the Multistate Bar Examination. The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) is a six-hour, two-hundred question multiple-choice examination covering contracts, torts, constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, and real property. The examination is divided into two periods of three hours each, one in the morning [9:30am to 12:30pm] and one in the afternoon [2:00pm to 5:00pm], with 100 questions in each period.



There are a number of more general books listed on the Books at Pace Law Library page, but this book is specific to the New York bar exam.

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What Not to Write: Real Essays, Real MPTs, Real Feedback - Tania N. Shah & Melissa A. Gill
Call Number: KF303 .S52 2009 (Reserve)
ISBN: 0735588139
The New York bar exam; An introduction to the New York bar exam; Format of the New York written portion of the exam; Ten points on writing the essay examination part of the New York bar exam; How to specifically answer a New York bar exam essay question; Writing the multistate performance test portion of the bar exam


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