Bar Exam Information and Updates

Bar Exam Information

National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Website (includes links to all bar jurisdictions)

Most common jurisdictions where MSU Law Graduates take the bar exam:


Some jurisdictions have unique requirements for admission, and students are responsible for consulting the websites of jurisdictions they are interested in practicing in. For example:

  • New York requires applicants to take a course and exam in NY law. They also require applicants to satisfy one of five "pathways" to be admitted to the NY bar. 
  • Florida requires students to apply for admission while they are in law school.


March 2017
Maine and Virgin Islands Bar Exams

Maine and the Virgin Islands are the latest jurisdictions to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). For a complete list of UBE jurisdictions please visit

April 25, 2016
New Jersey Bar Exam

The New Jersey Supreme Court has adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), beginning with the February 2017 administration of the exam. For more information, please visit

April 20, 2016
Michigan Bar Exam

The Board of Law Examiners has implemented a new policy regarding items that may be brought into the examination room and/or testing area. Effective immediately, no coats, fitness trackers, or beverages other than clear plastic bottle of clear water​ may be brought into the examination room. For the full list of prohibited items, please visit

April 4, 2016
New York State Bar Exam

Beginning with the July 2016 exam the New York Board of Law Examiners is converting to administering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). In conjunction with the adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York, the State Board of Law Examiners was directed by the Court of Appeals to create an on-line course, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and an on-line, open book exam on New York specific law, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE). A candidate seeking admission in New York must take the NYLC and take and pass the NYLE, in addition to earning a score satisfying New York’s passing score on the UBE, prior to be being certified to one of New York’s Appellate Division departments for a character and fitness investigation. 


The New York Law Course is available for applicants on the Board’s website at  Applicants must complete the New York Law Course in its entirety before they may register for the NYLE.  The first administration of the NYLE will be on May 26, 2016.  Subsequent administrations of the NYLE will be held this year on August 18, October 13 and December 15.  The Board has also posted sample NYLE questions on its website at the above listed link. Applicants who wish to take the May 26 administration of the NYLE must complete the NYLC and register for the NYLE through their BOLE Account by no later than Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Details regarding the NYLC and NYLE requirements can be found on the NYBLE’s website at

* MSU Law will post updates it receives from bar exam jurisdictions. Not all bar jurisdictions inform MSU Law of updates. Please consult each jurisdiction’s website for a complete list of any updates.