California, Florida, and New York are known for their challenging state specific bar exams, but, for New York, this will be over. Earlier this week, the New York State Board of Law Examiners announced on their website that the New York Court of Appeals adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) effective July 2016. This means that New York bar applicants will no longer take the state specific exam.
Please note that the UBE is not to be confused with the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). The MBE is a 200 question, multiple choice exam administered on the Wednesday of the bar exam period. The MBE consists of the same multiple choice questions for each state, with the exception Louisiana and Puerto Rico who do not require or administer the MBE. The UBE is a step beyond the MBE. The UBE is literally a uniform bar exam. Apparently, the UBE was administered in 2011 with Missouri and will grow to 16 states by next summer.
In addition to the UBE, New York bar applicants are “required to complete an online course on New York law and take and pass an online examination on New York law, as a requirement for admission.” If you would like to read a full copy of the advisory committee’s recommendation to adopt the UBE to the Court of Appeals, the report is available here. If you do not want to read the whole report, a condensed New York Times article about the transition to UBE is available here.