Documents Needed NOW for New York Bar Exam

Posted on May 26, 2017

If you are planning to take the New York bar exam after graduation, you need to start preparing.  In order to avoid the rush—at a time when you will be very busy acclimating to your new college and home—work on these documents NOW and bring them with you in sealed envelopes when you come to the United States.

  • Official Transcript(s).  You will need an official transcript issued directly from every law school attended that includes the dates of attendance for each period of study, the courses taken and passed for each period of study, the grades, the degree awarded, and the date the degree was awarded.
  • Degree Certificate. If the official transcript does not clearly state the degree awarded and/or the date such degree was awarded, you must also furnish the degree certificate.
  • Proof of fulfillment of the educational requirements for admission to the practice of law in the foreign country. (a) If you are admitted to practice law in a foreign country, attach a copy of your admission certificate, OR (b) If you are not admitted to practice law in a foreign country, submit proof of the educational requirements for admission to practice law in your country and proof from the bar admission authorities that you have fulfilled these requirements.
  • Accreditation. Submit a written statement from the competent accrediting agency of your foreign government that the law school or schools you attended were recognized by them as qualified and approved throughout your period of study.
  • See Part VIII “Additional Documentation” of this website to determine if you must submit other details about your legal education.

Note that all documentation must be original (or copies certified directly by the issuing school or institution) and issued directly from the issuing institutions and/or government agencies. Each document needs to be in a sealed envelope (you can then send each sealed envelope along with your other application materials directly to the NY Bar). Faxed copied, photocopies certified by a notary public, and/or photocopies certified any anyone other than an official of the issuing school or institution will NOT be considered. Official English translations also need to be submitted along with all of these documents.

Most foreign educated applicants to the NY Bar will have to have all of the above documentation ready by October 1st, 2017 in order to apply to qualify to take the NY Bar in July 2018. The above requirements are enumerated in Section 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR 520.6) which contains the eligibility requirements for applicants who wish to qualify for the New York State bar examination based on the study of law in a foreign country. Please see: http://www.nybarexam.org/Foreign/ForeignLegalEducation.htm