Upon recommendation of the Advisory Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), the Court of Appeals has amended sections 520.2, 520.7, 520.8, 520.9 and 520.12 of the Rules for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR Part 520) to adopt the UBE, effective for the July 2016 administration of the New York State bar examination. Consistent with the Advisory Committee's recommendation, applicants who achieve a passing score on the UBE and seek admission in New York also will be required to complete two state-specific components: an online "New York Law Course" and a separate, online 50-question multiple choice exam, the "New York Law Exam." The Advisory Committee's report to the Court is available on the Committee's website here.
The Court also made a minor change to the Rules not related to the UBE. New language was added to section 520.16, pertaining to the 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission, to clarify the date after which eligible pro bono work must be performed.
A copy of the order amending the Court's Rules is below.
Questions related to the rule change may be directed to the Court's Office for Professional Matters at (518) 455-7760.