At Seton Hall Law School most students are admitted to practice law in New Jersey
and/or New York after graduation, but many are admitted to other states across the
country. New Jersey and New York require, among other things, that applicants for
admission to the Bar sit for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and obtain a minimum score
Most states administer the bar examinations the last week of February and the last
week of July, with applications due approximately 4 months prior to the exam. Students
must be aware of other states submission requirements and deadlines. The National
Conference of Bar Examiners (http://www.ncbex.org) publishes an annual guide of the
Bar Admission Requirements, please check the state in which you plan to practice for
its rules and deadlines.
Information on Admission to the New Jersey Bar
To be admitted to the New Jersey Bar one must:
qualify for and pass the New Jersey bar examination or apply using a qualifying Uniform
Bar Examination (UBE) score, or qualify and apply for admission by motion;
receive a Certification of Character;
pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) with a 75 or higher
or pass an approved law school course on ethics with a "C-" or better;
and take the Oath of Admission and sign the attorney's roll.
To sit for the New Jersey bar examination, candidates must:
Starting the process in New Jersey. Applicants must create an account on-line. The link to register/log in is located
on the top right hand side of the home page of the web site. Once you have registered,
you will receive an activation email from [email protected]. Make sure you check
your spam folder and/or permit emails from njbarexams.org. After you have activated
your account and if the application period has been opened, you can begin an application.
This is an on-line process. Applicants must register on-line. The following must be
Payment – credit card, money order or certified check
One Page signed and notarized application
One page signed and notarized authorization and release form
After you submit your application you will receive a Certification of Graduation form.
This form should be brought to Enrollment Services and it will be completed for you
and sent directly to the Bar Examiners.
To practice law in the State of New Jersey, candidates are required to demonstrate
their fitness by showing the requisite traits of honesty, integrity, fiscal responsibility,
trustworthiness, and a professional commitment to the judicial process and the administration
of justice. Established pursuant to Rule 1:25, the Committee on Character reviews
the personal record and reputation of each candidate for admission to the bar of the
State of New Jersey to determine fitness to practice law. Each candidate must file
a Certified Statement of Candidate. The Committee on Character reviews and verifies
the information in the Statement of Candidate. The Committee on Character obtains
credit history reports on all candidates.
The Board of Bar Examiners is authorized through the Supreme Court of New Jersey (2B:1-3)
to obtain a criminal history check of all candidates through fingerprints submitted
to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the New Jersey State Police. Each
applicant must be fingerprinted for each exam. The fingerprints submitted by the applicants
are processed through the New Jersey State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
for a criminal check.
As a part of the Character certification process, complete Driver's Abstracts must
be submitted from each state in which the candidate has been licensed to drive within
the last seven years. Candidates should start the process of obtaining Driver's Abstracts
immediately. Contact the Division of Motor Vehicles in each state or jurisdiction
(including foreign jurisdictions) where you have been licensed to drive over the past
seven years and request the most complete abstract of your driving record that is
After reviewing the Certified Statement and other materials, the Committee either
certifies a candidate or recommends the withholding of certification pursuant to the
Regulations Governing the Committee on Character. These regulations can be found on
our website under the "Examination" tab.
You have a continuing obligation to supplement the information on your Certified Statement
of Candidate to keep it current and accurate until the date of your admission to the
bar of New Jersey. The certified statement can be amended by logging in to your User
Home Page and selecting the option to Amend your application.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination
All candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the ethical obligations of the legal
profession. This may be done by the successful completion of the Multistate Professional
Responsibility Examination (MPRE) prior to admission. A score of 75 has been set by
the Board as the qualifying level. Candidates are encouraged to take the MPRE while
in law school. In lieu of the MPRE, candidates may submit evidence in their Law School
Certificate of successful completion at Law School of an approved course on professional
ethics. To qualify, the course must be for credit (at least one credit hour), a minimum
of nine classroom hours of instructions, and be devoted entirely to legal ethics and
professional responsibility. Candidates must have received a grade of "C-" (or its
equivalent) or higher.
Applications for the July bar examination must be filed with the NYS BOLE at NYS BOLE website, between April 1 and April 30. Applications for the February examination must be
filed between November 1 and November 30. New York administers the UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION.
For more information, visit the New York Board of Law Examiners website.
JD New York Bar Examination Application
Certificate of Attendance & Handwriting Specimen
The Board of Examiners will email each student their “Certificate of Attendance” and
“Handwriting Specimen” form. These forms will contain the student’s personal Bar Code
and BOLE number.
JD students must complete the “Certificate of Attendance” prior to submitting to Enrollment
Students MUST bring the Handwriting Specimen form to Enrollment Services and complete
in the presence of one of the staff. Please do NOT complete the handwriting form in
Both bar coded forms MUST be submitted together to Enrollment Services. The deadline
for submissions for the February Bar is February 1st and the deadline for the July
Bar is June 15th.
Memorandum for the 50 Hour Pro Bono Requirement for New York State Bar Admission
Instructions for Juris Doctor applicants completing curriculum questions on bar exam
New York State Skills Competency & Professional Values Requirement
All applicants for admission to the New York Bar must demonstrate that they satisfy
a skills competency and professional values requirement through one of several Pathways.
(Section 520.18 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals). This requirement applies to Bar applicants who began their JD study after August
Seton Hall Law students can demonstrate compliance with this requirement by completing
courses required in the law school’s curriculum (Pathway 1). Students who take the
following courses and receive the corresponding grades listed below meet the requirements
of Rule 520.18:
Introduction to Lawyering I and II – each semester receive a C or higher
Appellate Advocacy – receive a C or higher
Professional Responsibility – receive a C or higher (or a score of 85 or higher on
Persuasion and Advocacy – receive a Pass or High Pass
Financial Concepts for Lawyers – receive a Pass or High Pass
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).
As with the MPRE discussed above, a candidate seeking admission in New York must take
and pass the NYLC, the NYLE, and earn a passing score on New York’s UBE, prior to
being certified to one of our Appellate Division departments for a character and fitness
investigation. The NYLE is offered four times a year. For more information visit:
Application for Admission
To Practice as an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law in the State of New York
Once applicants pass the NYS Bar they must complete the Application for Admission
to Practice as an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law in the State of NY form and submit
to the Registrar's Office. The Law School Certificate Form must be obtained online
from the New York State Bar Examiners website, located at http://www.nybarexam.org/Admission/AdmissionMultiDeptPacket.htm.
Applicants must complete the first page and sign. On the second page, indicate the
department applying for admission.
Submit completed form to Enrollment Services. PDF completed forms should be emailed
to [email protected].
Enrollment Services will process the Character and Fitness form and mail directly
to the designated department.