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New York Bar application question

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:28 pm
by supersplittysplitter
This is a very basic question but is the process for "applying" in April to take the bar exam similar to signing up for any other standardized test? In other words we don't need to submit all the affidavits and character and fitness info until after we actually take the test in July? Or are there any forms and documents (such as affidavits) we need to submit in April so that we can take the Bar exam in July?

Re: New York Bar application question

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:58 pm
by teaearlgreyhot
supersplittysplitter wrote:This is a very basic question but is the process for "applying" in April to take the bar exam similar to signing up for any other standardized test? In other words we don't need to submit all the affidavits and character and fitness info until after we actually take the test in July? Or are there any forms and documents (such as affidavits) we need to submit in April so that we can take the Bar exam in July?


For New York, the application itself is very simple. You submit an online application and pay a fee. After that, there are a few more hoops you have to jump through (submit a handwriting sample, pay for and download the software if using a laptop, take a mock exam (also laptop)), but there is nothing you need to have prepared for the application itself, and you will get emails from the New York Bar Examiners about all of the additional requirements.

FYI, the handwriting sample must be signed off by someone at your law school, and submitted before a certain deadline (again, this will be in the email they send you), so you will have to reach out to your law school registrar to complete it, but it's an easy process. I had already left school by the time I got the handwriting sample form, so I had to do it all by mail, but it worked out fine. Just pay attention to your email and the deadlines.

Re: New York Bar application question

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:53 pm
by CBlaw
just tried to register for the NY bar for july that just opened up. One of the questions is asking for the month and year you finished your law credits which for most of us would be May of 2018. The problem is the drop down box for the year doesnt go past 2017. Is anyone else having this problem??

Re: New York Bar application question

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:19 pm
by tre991
CBlaw wrote:just tried to register for the NY bar for july that just opened up. One of the questions is asking for the month and year you finished your law credits which for most of us would be May of 2018. The problem is the drop down box for the year doesnt go past 2017. Is anyone else having this problem??


Yes, same. It's so dumb. I'm guessing they just reused the Feb application and messed up... the helpline is only available on weekdays so we should call then? Several friends had the same problem so I think it's an error in the application itself.

Re: New York Bar application question

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:29 pm
by CBlaw
tre991 wrote:
CBlaw wrote:just tried to register for the NY bar for july that just opened up. One of the questions is asking for the month and year you finished your law credits which for most of us would be May of 2018. The problem is the drop down box for the year doesnt go past 2017. Is anyone else having this problem??


Yes, same. It's so dumb. I'm guessing they just reused the Feb application and messed up... the helpline is only available on weekdays so we should call then? Several friends had the same problem so I think it's an error in the application itself.


yea just saw in another part of TLS that ppl were having this problem. Im sure it will be fixed tomm sometime