State of New York Unified Court System

State of New York
Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Third Judicial Department
Attorney Admissions

P.O. Box 7350, Capitol Station
Albany, New York

(518) 471-4778
Fax (518) 471-4749

Daniel C. Brennan
Principal Attorney


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.

How to Apply for Admission On Examination
How to Apply for Admission Without Exam
Application for Admission Forms
Change of Address
Transfer of Application for Admission

Helpful Hints

Criminal Records
Pro Bono Rule
Part 805: Admission of Attorneys
Letter to 2017 Bar Exam Applicants

Information for Admitted Attorneys

Request for Certificate of Good Standing
Large Embossed Certificate of Admission
Request for a Disciplinary History Letter
Attorney Name Change Request Form
Attorney Registration Requirements
Secure Pass ID Card
Continuing Legal Education
Application to Voluntarily Resign From New York State Bar

Other Licenses and Registrations

Registration as In House Counsel
Admission Pro Hac Vice
Instructions to Applicants for 18-Month Admission Pro Hac Vice
Instructions for Appointment of Law Intern
Foreign Legal Consultant Licenses

General Information

How to Contact Us
Committees on Character and Fitness
Admissions Office Annual Report