Bar exam participants down in New York state

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The number of bar examination test takers in New York state was the lowest in nine years.

A little more than 10,700 prospective attorneys took the examination on July 28-29 across five locations, including Buffalo. It was the lowest number for the July examination since 2006, according to Diane Bosse of Buffalo law firm Hurwitz & Fine, who chairs the New York State Board of Law Examiners.

The board examined 11,195 candidates during the two days of testing conducted in July 2014.

In Buffalo, numbers did stay steady this year with almost 2,800 test takers who flocked to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

“The building was full. We couldn’t really fit many more,” Bosse said.


The test was also given in New York City, Albany, Saratoga Springs and White Plains. Test takers in New York state came from 188 Bar Association-approved law schools and 119 countries, Bosse said. Results are slated to be released in late October.

“They come from all over the place,” Bosse said.

The first day of the examination was for the New York state section and the next day was the multi-state exam. Thousands of candidates circled around blocks outside the convention center in Buffalo prior to the exam.

The New York section consists of five essay questions and 50 multiple choice questions prepared by the New York Board, with one Multistate Performance Test question developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

The multi-state version has 200 multiple choice questions covering contracts, torts, constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, real property and federal civil practice and procedures.

The local exam period ended with the final 100 questions on the multi-state examination around 5 p.m. the second day.

Among those who sit for it are graduates of American Bar Association-approved law schools; people combining law school study at an ABA-approved school and law office study; graduates of unapproved law schools in the United States with a juris doctor degree who have practiced in a jurisdiction for five to seven years; and those who studied at a foreign law school.


Originally Published:

Buffalo Business First

Michael Petro