All applicants who have passed the New York Bar examination and are seeking admission to practice law in New York State must take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) prior to being certified by the Board to the Appellate Division. 

  • The passing score in New York for the MPRE is 85.
  • The MPRE can be taken before or after the bar examination, however, the applicant must pass the MPRE within three years either before or after passing the New York bar examination, as measured from the date the applicant sat for each examination. Therefore, if it has been more than three years since an applicant took and passed the MPRE, the applicant will be required to re-sit and pass the MPRE before the applicant may be certified to the Appellate Division as having passed the bar examination.
  • Applicants must designate New York as the jurisdiction to which the score should be reported or have an official score report sent to the Board by the NCBE.
  • Applicants who have not submitted to the Board proof of having taken and passed the MPRE by the time the bar examination results are released will be notified that they have passed the bar examination but the Board will NOT certify such applicants to the Supreme Court, Appellate Division. Such applicants will have three years from the date of the bar examination to take and pass the MPRE otherwise they will have to re-sit the bar examination.

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