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.