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Re: NY Third Department Admissions

Postby BrazilianAttyNYC » Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:07 pm

Neilt001 wrote:I submitted late Oct/early Nov and finally heard back last week. Turns out I need another form or two. Not a huge deal but they definitely took their time in getting back to me!


When did you take the Bar? Trying to figure out whether they are still working through the applications from those who sat for the July 2018 Bar. If that's the case, I'm assuming I (who sat for the Feb. 2018 Exam) am still very far behind you.

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Re: NY Third Department Admissions

Postby Neilt001 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:51 am

nada123 wrote:
Neilt001 wrote:I submitted late Oct/early Nov and finally heard back last week. Turns out I need another form or two. Not a huge deal but they definitely took their time in getting back to me!


Hi Neilt001,

Fellow aussie here. Hoping you can help me with a few questions about the admission forms if you remember:
- is the law school certificate form required for foreign applicants (i.e. do we need to get our law school to send the form to NY)?
- for the attesting officer outside of the US who isnt a notary, what did you attach to show the officer’s authority?
- for the education section, do we need to include high school as well or just uni?
- do we need to get a certificate of good standing to satisfy the skills competency requirement?

Thanks a lot!!


Hey mate! Great questions. I had similar questions and luckily had a mate who'd gone through it to help me out.

1. Yes, you'll need the law school cert. The law school will have to send it directly to the 3D.
2. For the witness who isn't a notary, you'll need to provide proof that they have the authority to witness docs. I did two things for this. First, I typed up a form for them to sign on a court header which read: I, XXXXXXXXXXX, being an admitted Solicitor of the Supreme Court of XXXXX, Australia (Legal Practitioner No. XXXXXXXX and holding a current 2017-2018 Practising Certificate No. XXXXXXXXXXX) hereby certify that, although not a Notary Public in the State of XXX, I am duly authorized to swear and take affidavits in the State of XXXX pursuant to section 19 of the Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 (VIC).

Second, I provided a copy of the relevant section of the legislation so the 3D could read it if they wished.
3. I think just uni. I didn't refer to my high school at all, from what I can remember.
4. I didn't have to do the skills competency part.I think I was exempt because I commenced my law studies after a certain date? I can't recall exactly why. Anyway not too sure on this one. Is it not explained on the website?

Lemme know if any other questions! GOod luck!

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Re: NY Third Department Admissions

Postby Neilt001 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:53 am

BrazilianAttyNYC wrote:
Neilt001 wrote:I submitted late Oct/early Nov and finally heard back last week. Turns out I need another form or two. Not a huge deal but they definitely took their time in getting back to me!


When did you take the Bar? Trying to figure out whether they are still working through the applications from those who sat for the July 2018 Bar. If that's the case, I'm assuming I (who sat for the Feb. 2018 Exam) am still very far behind you.


Hi there,

Yes I wrote in Feb 2018. I've heard that they put the July 2018 people ahead of us because there's way more of them and they wanna clear the glut. I think the more important question though is when you submitted the application? If it was around early Nov (like me), you should be hearing back any time.

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Re: NY Third Department Admissions

Postby nada123 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:55 am

Neilt001 wrote:
nada123 wrote:
Neilt001 wrote:I submitted late Oct/early Nov and finally heard back last week. Turns out I need another form or two. Not a huge deal but they definitely took their time in getting back to me!


Hi Neilt001,

Fellow aussie here. Hoping you can help me with a few questions about the admission forms if you remember:
- is the law school certificate form required for foreign applicants (i.e. do we need to get our law school to send the form to NY)?
- for the attesting officer outside of the US who isnt a notary, what did you attach to show the officer’s authority?
- for the education section, do we need to include high school as well or just uni?
- do we need to get a certificate of good standing to satisfy the skills competency requirement?

Thanks a lot!!


Hey mate! Great questions. I had similar questions and luckily had a mate who'd gone through it to help me out.

1. Yes, you'll need the law school cert. The law school will have to send it directly to the 3D.
2. For the witness who isn't a notary, you'll need to provide proof that they have the authority to witness docs. I did two things for this. First, I typed up a form for them to sign on a court header which read: I, XXXXXXXXXXX, being an admitted Solicitor of the Supreme Court of XXXXX, Australia (Legal Practitioner No. XXXXXXXX and holding a current 2017-2018 Practising Certificate No. XXXXXXXXXXX) hereby certify that, although not a Notary Public in the State of XXX, I am duly authorized to swear and take affidavits in the State of XXXX pursuant to section 19 of the Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 (VIC).

Second, I provided a copy of the relevant section of the legislation so the 3D could read it if they wished.
3. I think just uni. I didn't refer to my high school at all, from what I can remember.
4. I didn't have to do the skills competency part.I think I was exempt because I commenced my law studies after a certain date? I can't recall exactly why. Anyway not too sure on this one. Is it not explained on the website?

Lemme know if any other questions! GOod luck!


Thanks mate! Super helpful.

About number 4, thanks for the prompt. I re-read the section and it doesn't apply to me too.

One more question :D Assuming you're admitted to practice in VIC, where did you get a grievance letter from? This is for the question that asks for a certificate of good standing and a letter from the grievance/complaints committee from the country you're admitted in. The law society supplies the certificate of good standing but just not sure about the other one.

Thanks again!

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Re: NY Third Department Admissions

Postby CLSGumbo » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:35 pm

Does it matter that one of my character affidavits is double sided. Do they care about those kind of things?

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Re: NY Third Department Admissions

Postby uvalawstudent321 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:05 am

Has anyone who submitted their application in mid-December heard back yet?

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Re: NY Third Department Admissions

Postby nada123 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:35 pm

Neilt001 wrote:Hey question regarding the employment affidavits. I don't want to bother any partners, and lots of HR people have left my old firms. Can I just have an old colleague (eg a lawyer who still works at my old firm but was just a peer, not a supervisor) swear the affidavit? In other words, does it have to be a supervisor, or can it just be another lawyer from the firm swearing that I used to work there?

Thanks!


Oh i have the exact same question! Did you end up finding out if it was ok to get a colleague/employee but non lawyer at the firm to sign it? Thanks



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