NY Bar Exam Application

lolabear727
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Re: NY Bar Exam Application

Postby lolabear727 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:51 pm

sr1986 wrote:Does anyone know how long does BOLE take to certify you (to the 3rd Dept in my case) after you pass the Bar, NYLE and MPRE. I passed the Bar in July 2016, NYLE in Dec. 2016 and found out yesterday that I passed the MPRE? I still haven't heard anything from NY BOLE. Thanks!


They made it seem like once your information becomes available, if everything else is in line that you would be placed on the next rounds of interviews and swearing in. Which is June 26-28th and then June 28th swearing in ceremony.

just_me
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Re: NY Bar Exam Application

Postby just_me » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:30 pm

ndp1234 wrote:
Danger Zone wrote:
jj252525 wrote:
Danger Zone wrote:
just_me wrote:I'd also be interested in any insights or tips people might have as to the practicalities of the 3rd department ceremony.

My parents are coming and want to know if there's a dress code for guests! Also, I've been given a time to show up for my C&F interview (which I think is like 9am in the morning or something) but how do guests know what time to arrive?

I got admitted in the third department last year.

There's no dress code for anyone, but if you're getting admitted, it's good to wear a suit.

The ceremony, if I recall correctly, begins at noon (it may be 11, I forget). The ceremony is like an hour long and has speakers. It's nice to have family present but if it's a hassle (like if they live in California) then it's probably not worth it for them to travel. Everyone takes pictures next to the big "admitted to the New York bar" poster after the ceremony so try to do that before the ceremony.


Thanks so much for this information. On balance, can probably tell my parents it's not worth going? Any recon on Albany more generally?

Albany is a worthless town, it was tough for me and my parents to even find a decent lunch spot. It was a nice day with the parents though. It was a big trip for them (maybe a five hour drive) but I know they were really happy to be there. It's ultimately up to you.



I totally agree with Danger Zone. I relocated to Albany for work in September. Most of the decent restaurants are around New Scotland Ave or around Broadway/S Pearl Street, if you're desperate


This is super helpful, thank you! I'd be v. grateful for any restaurant recommendations you guys might have (i guess we'll want to have dinner somewhere in the downtown area the night before the ceremony, and maybe lunch somewhere close-ish to the court after the ceremony).

iwantmybar wrote:
iwantmybar wrote:
ChocolateTruffle wrote:I'm in the Third Department. I got an email this morning saying that my interview is the morning of January 19th! A bit odd to have the interview the same day as the swearing in ceremony! Does anyone know what kind of questions they ask at the interview? Do I need to bring anything with me? Thanks!


3rd department here.

You are actually quite lucky because you have your interview and the swearing ceremony on the same day so you don't need to stay two days in Albany (which is a beautiful city but pretty dead, but beautiful). So you don't have to take two days off as well.

I got sworn in 2 weeks ago so it goes that way : you go to your interview at the time they told you to come. No need to come 30mn early. You'll be waiting in a room with maybe 50 candidates and everyone 'll be waiting to be called. It took me maybe 50 mn before being called so bring a book or your smartphone, some ppl were reading or playing games, it is not prohibided, this is not the bar.

The attorney who does the interview already has your file and quickly checked it. They don't have the time to spend more than 10mn with you because the last swearing ceremony is like at 11AM so they need to interview everyone. My interview lasted 10 mn and the attorney was a super nice person and asked me about my probono work. She was just there to verify If I wasn't a serial killer, that' s it. They don't try to trick you. I agree it might be a bit stressful but no need to worry, if you reach the interview step, it means that your filed has been approved. Just don't do anything stupid like screaming, crying for no reasons or being paranoid about the FBI following you. You know, this kind of stuff that will make uncomfortable everyone.

Then after your interview, you are given an enveloppe with a diploma and you go to the swearing ceremony (there is one at 10 am and another at 11 am i think). The swearing ceremony lasts 45mn to 1hour, you can take pictures etc, it's very well organized so it's all good.

Hence it was a very good experience.

Protips : wear a suit but no need to shave if you have a beard.

Protips for your wallet : if you arrive from the albany train station with amtrak, don't take a the greys cabs (i think those are called prestige company or sth) because they are very very very expensive (like 60 bucks ) to literally cross the damn river to downtown albany. I think this company has the monopoly to transport passengers from and to the station... find another way or walk. Uber doesnt work in Albany so call your hotel and ask them another cab company that the one waiting at the train station.

Also, i took Amtrak which was pretty good and if you are done earlier than you thought, you can catch an early train (you'll just have to pay the difference but it's like $2).


Again, this was really helpful, thanks very much!

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Re: NY Bar Exam Application

Postby W$RKliveWELL » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:38 pm

Quick question I'm taking the bar in July and I put down a NY city address on my BOLE application. I really want to take it in Buffalo. Can I just select Buffalo once testing locations are released or should I try to change my address with BOLE (I went to school upstate NY)? Really dont want to take it in NYC.

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Re: NY Bar Exam Application

Postby cnk1220 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:40 pm

W$RKliveWELL wrote:Quick question I'm taking the bar in July and I put down a NY city address on my BOLE application. I really want to take it in Buffalo. Can I just select Buffalo once testing locations are released or should I try to change my address with BOLE (I went to school upstate NY)? Really dont want to take it in NYC.




You can still select buffalo when the email comes out i believe- its more the other way around that NY addresses get dibs on NYC testing.

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Re: NY Bar Exam Application

Postby W$RKliveWELL » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:49 pm

cnk1220 wrote:
W$RKliveWELL wrote:Quick question I'm taking the bar in July and I put down a NY city address on my BOLE application. I really want to take it in Buffalo. Can I just select Buffalo once testing locations are released or should I try to change my address with BOLE (I went to school upstate NY)? Really dont want to take it in NYC.




You can still select buffalo when the email comes out i believe- its more the other way around that NY addresses get dibs on NYC testing.


Thanks man.

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Re: NY Bar Exam Application

Postby one_by_one » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:39 pm

NyuIwantu wrote:
nyclawgrad16 wrote:I recently submitted my application in the 2nd Department.

Does anyone have a recent timeline of submission to interview and interview to swearing in?

Thanks in advance!


Sumitted. Was missing something and notified within a week. Application was marked complete and given to an interviewer three weeks later (they didn't notify me of this, I called and asked). Three weeks after the interviewer got it he scheduled an interview for that day (I've heard that it's usually about a week later). Was notified about swearing in two weeks later. Swearing in about 6 weeks after they notified me of it.

Submission --> Swearing in ~3 months


Same question--but for the 1st department. How long is the lag if I submit my application this week? Thanks!




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