of New York Supreme
Court, Appellate Division Third
Judicial Department Attorney
Admissions P.O. Box 7350, Capitol Station
Albany, New York 12224-0350
Applying for Admission
The Appellate Division is responsible for evaluating the character and fitness of persons seeking admission to the Bar. This duty is discharged by the Court's Committee on Character and Fitness, which is comprised of practicing attorneys appointed by the Court. The Committee is assisted by Court staff. After passing the Bar exam, applicants submit a written application which forms the basis for a personal interview conducted by the Committee. Successful applicants are sworn in before the Court at special ceremonies in January and June of each year. At other times, the Clerk of the Court swears in applicants. Each attorney admitted by the Court must take the oath of office in person and sign the roll of attorneys.