What Is the New York Law Course?

July 10 2019 By Pieper Bar Review
What Is the New York Law Course?

To practice law in the state of New York, there are several hurdles you’ll have to clear, besides passing the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The New York Law Course (NYLC) is one of these, but don’t worry: The NYLC and subsequent New York Law Exam (NYLE), an online, open book exam on New York specific law, are nothing to be intimidated by.

The purpose of the NYLC is to inform applicants about important principles of New York law that differ from the general principles and common views of the law tested on the UBE, or unique to New York and important for a new lawyer to be aware of. Specifically, the NYLC covers the following areas:

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Relationships
  • Civil Practice and Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Matrimonial and Family Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real Property
  • Torts and Tort Damages
  • Trusts, Wills and Estates

Course Structure

The NYLC is an on-demand, online course accessible any time within one year of a candidate’s first scheduled bar exam attempt, either before sitting for the UBE, or after.

Note: If you complete the NYLC more than one year before sitting for the UBE, you will be required to repeat it.

The course contains about 17 hours of lecture videos. As you progress through the lectures, you will be met with questions serving as barriers to those that follow. Answer correctly, and you may continue, but be warned: Once an embedded question is answered correctly, you will no longer be able to access its associated lecture video.

Although it may be tempting to speed through a video or skip a lecture altogether, you can’t—it’s against the rules, and may result in misconduct charges. Penalties for skimping on lecture video time include:

  • Requiring you to sit through the entire NYLC over again
  • Withdrawal of your registration for the NYLE
  • Nullification of your NYLE score
  • A suspension period temporarily preventing you from repeating the NYLC and/or NYLE
  • Disclosure of your misconduct to the Appellate Division in New York with jurisdiction over your application for admission and to other jurisdictions

The NYLC and NYLE were implemented to supplement the focus on New York law lost when the UBE replaced the New York Bar exam. Lucky, the NYLE is much simpler than any previous true local bar exam component. Rather, it is a one-hour exam, similar to (though half as long as) the two-hour Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). Both the NYLE and the MPRE can be taken again and again within three years of a passing UBE score until one achieves a score of 30 correct out of 50 basic multiple-choice questions.

  • You can sign up for the NYLC here.
  • Find course materials here.
  • And find sample NYLE questions here.

Pieper Knows New York Law

John G. Pieper has passed the bar exam in 30 different jurisdictions, but he’s been lecturing on all things New York law specifically since 1972. Today, besides heading Pieper Bar Review, he is an adjust professor at the following New York institutions: Brooklyn Law School, The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the City University of New York, Fordham University School of Law, New York Law School, and Touro Law Center.


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