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Pro Bono Bar Admission Requirements


Information for Law Students and Other Bar Applicants | Background and Other Information | Websites of Each of the Four Character and Fitness Committees

On September 14, 2012, the New York State Court of Appeals adopted a new rule requiring applicants for admission to the New York State bar to perform 50 hours of pro bono services. This page lists the links you can use for further information on this Requirement.

 

Information for Law Students and Other Bar Applicants

The Rule (22 NYCRR § 520.16)

Frequently Asked Questions about the Rule
All bar applicants should refer to this document as it explains who is required to satisfy the Requirement, what kind of activities qualify, where the pro bono work can be performed, and what documents must be included in your Application for Admission to demonstrate your compliance.

The Form Affidavit of Compliance
You will need to complete this form for each pro bono project that you will rely on to satisfy the Pro Bono Requirement. It is recommended that you complete the form at the time you complete each qualifying pro bono work project.

Further inquiries:
If you have further questions, the best way to communicate them is by email to ProBonoRule@nycourts.gov. (Please note: This email address does not provide access to pro bono attorneys or legal representation. If you need an attorney, go to: http://www.nycourthelp.gov/GoingToCourt/legalHelp.shtml ).

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Background and Other Information

Report of the Advisory Committee on New York State Pro Bono Bar Admission Requirements

Website of The New York State Board of Law Examiners
This site contains information about registering to take the New York State bar examination.

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Websites of Each of the Four Character and Fitness Committees

First Department

Second Department

Third Department

Fourth Department

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