In addition to passing the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), anyone seeking admission to the bar in New York must complete both the New York Law Course (NYLC) (a fifteen-hour online course on New York Law distinctions) and the New York Law Exam (NYLE) (an online multiple choice exam on those same distinctions).
If you’ve already taken the UBE or plan to take it in February or July of 2017 (you can take the NYLE up to one year before sitting for the UBE or after sitting for the UBE), remember that:
1. you must complete the NYLC to register for the NYLE, AND
2. you must register for the NYLE 30 days before it is administered.
That means that if you plan to take the October 13 NYLE, you’ll need to complete the NYLC and register for the NYLE by midnight September 13. If you haven’t completed the NYLC or you fail to register for the NYLE by the September 13 deadline, you’ll just have to register for a later administration of the NYLE (the following administration is scheduled for December 15).
Thankfully, the course and the exam are not particularly onerous, but they’ll each require you to devote your time and attention to them (our students who took the NYLE in August all reported back that it was straightforward, with one whishing, “If only the UBE multiple choice were so easy!”). The exam itself is not intended to be a separate bar exam for New York, but like other exams on state-specific law required for admission to practice in certain UBE jurisdictions, it is simply a way for the New York State Board of Law Examiners to expose new attorneys to certain nuances in New York law before they make any mistakes (and find themselves facing a malpractice claim!). The Board of Law Examiners gives you all the information you need in the NYLC and its materials, and as long as you attend the NYLC and review the materials you should expect to sail through the NYLE. The only punishment for failing the NYLE is that you have to re-take the 15-hour NYLC before taking the NYLE again.
Both the NYLE and the NYLC focus on New York standards regarding the following topics:
- Administrative Law
- Business Relationships
- Civil Practice and Procedure
- Conflict of Laws
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Matrimonial and Family Law
- Professional Responsibility
- Real Property
- Torts and Tort Damages
- Trusts, Wills and Estates
If you decide to take the October 13 NYLE, get to work on the NYLC (and good luck on the exam)!
For more information on the NYLE and the NYLC, visit The New York State Board of Law Examiners website.