2016 New York Bar Exam Information

February 2016 New York Bar Exam

The next administration of the New York Bar Exam is February 23-24, 2016. Complete application information is available from the New York State Board of Law Examiners.

July 2015 New York Bar Examination Results Released

The New York Board of Law Examiners released the July 2015 results in late October 2015. A private lookup is available for examinees at https://www.nybarapply.org/ELU/NYLEVLogin.aspx. When the July 2015 New York bar exam results are released to the public, the results will be made publicly available at http://www.nybarexam.org/Lookup.html from the New York Board of Law Examiners.

Format of the New York Bar Examination

The February 2016 New York Bar Exam contains two sections: the New York section and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). In July 2016, the New York Section will be replaced with the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and Multistate Performance Test (MPT). This combination of the MBE, MEE, and MPT is referred to as the Uniform Bar Exam.

February 2016 New York Section

The New York Section is administered on the first day of the New York Bar Exam and contains 5 essay questions, 50 New York multiple choice questions, and 1 Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The AM session of the New York Section contains 3 essays and 50 New York multiple choice questions in 3 hours and 15 minutes. The PM session contains 2 essays and 1 MPT in 3 hours.


The MBE is administered on the second day of the New York Bar Exam. The MBE is a 6-hour, 200 multiple choice question examination. The MBE is divided into 2 sessions of 3 hours with 100 questions in each session.

Scope and Subject Coverage of the New York Bar Exam

New York Section

New York Essays and Multiple Choice

The New York portion, 5 essays and 50 multiple choice, of the New York Bar Exam may include questions from the following subjects: Contracts and Contract Remedies, New York and Federal Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts and Tort Damages, Administrative Law, Business Relationships (agency, business corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and joint ventures), Conflict of Laws, Family Law, Remedies, Civil Jurisdiction and Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Trusts, Wills and Estates, and UCC Articles 2 and 9. Each essay question on the New York section tests more than one subject, and, except for questions involving federal law, the New York Section is based upon the law of New York. Effective with the February 2015 New York bar exam, Administrative Law will be tested for the first time and Federal Civil Practice and Procedure will no longer be tested on the New York Portion of the exam.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The MPT, administered as part of the New York Section, does not test substantive law. Instead, the MPT is a 90 minute practical skills question covering legal analysis, problem solving, fact analysis, organization of a lawyering task, communication, and resolution of ethical dilemmas. Each MPT includes a File and Library. The Library provides the necessary substantive law for an applicant to complete the MPT.

Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

The 200 question MBE covers the subjects of Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts. The MBE tests fundamental legal principles instead of New York case or statutory law.

Grading of the New York Bar Exam

The five New York essays and MPT are graded according to a "predetermined marking formula," and the grades received are the raw essay scores. The total number of New York and MBE multiple choice questions answered correctly are the raw scores for those portions of the New York Bar Exam. The raw scores for each section are then converted to a common scale of 0-1000 and relative weights are assigned to each portion of the exam: 60% to the New York Section (40% essays, 10% MPT, and 10% New York multiple choice) and 40% to the MBE. A score of 665 is necessary to pass the New York Bar Exam.

Recent New York Bar Exam Passing Rates

Recent All Takers passing rates for the NY bar exam include: 74% for July 2014, 62% for February 2014, 78% for July 2013, and 64% for February 2013. Complete New York Bar Examination statistics are available from the New York State Board of Law Examiners.

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