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Dear 3Ls,

Congratulations on almost reaching your final semester of law school! As you begin to think about and plan for the Spring semester, graduation, and the bar exam, we wanted to provide you with some information about the following important topics:

  1. General Bar Exam Information 
  2. MPRE Registration and Test Dates
  3. Specific State Bar Registration and Exam Dates (for New York, California, Washington D.C., Texas, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania). 
  4. Graduation Requirements and Your 3L Roadmap 
Please read through this email carefully, as it contains A LOT of important and helpful information for you!

General Bar Exam Information


Below, we’ve listed application deadlines and test dates for the MPRE and various states’ bar exams (together with links to those state bar websites). However, you should not rely exclusively on this email for all of your bar information. You should carefully review all application fees, deadlines, test dates, testing accommodation request procedures, and bar admission requirements (such as pro bono hours) on your state’s bar examination page

For more information about the bar exam and application, Student Services and Registration Services have prepared the following websites with resources for you:
  • http://www.law.columbia.edu/students/student-services/learning/nys-bar-exam-resources  
  • http://www.law.columbia.edu/registration/bar-certification 
The National Conference of Bar Examiners also publishes a comprehensive Bar Admissions Guide, which is available HERE.

For those of you interested in taking a bar exam for which filing deadlines have not yet been posted, you should set a reminder to check the state bar’s website every few weeks until the information is posted. You should also note that most states charge increased fees for late exam applications and registrations.

STUDENTS TAKING THE NY BAR: Please note that in November, there is a deadline for registering for the December New York Law Exam (NYLE). That information is highlighted below.
 

MPRE Registration and Test Dates


The National Conference of Bar Examiners administers the MPRE separately from the bar exam. You should carefully review your state bar's website to determine if there is a specific timeline for when you must take the MPRE.

In New York, you can take the MPRE either before or after the bar exam. However, you must pass the MPRE within three years either before or after you pass the New York bar. Most 3Ls take the MPRE during the spring of their final term, but you can take it when it is offered in August and still be in a position to apply for bar admission in the fall when you receive your bar exam results. A link to the MPRE website is HERE.

The MPRE will be offered three times in 2019:
 
Test Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Regular application deadline: January 24, 2019 ($125)
Late application deadline: January 31, 2019 ($220)

Test Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 
Regular application deadline: June 13, 2019 ($125)
Late application deadline: June 20, 2019 ($220)

Test Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 
Regular application deadline: September 19, 2019 ($125)
Late application deadline: September 26, 2019 ($220)

Registration for 2019 MPRE test dates opens on Monday, December 10, 2018. The earlier you register, the more likely that you will be able to secure the test-taking site of your choice. 

If you need to request a testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is important that you carefully review the following page for the relevant requirements and procedures: MPRE Test Accommodations. There is also a process to apply to take the MPRE on an alternate day if you cannot take it on a Saturday due to religious beliefs.
 

State Specific Bar Registration and Exam Dates


The following are test dates and registration deadlines for select bar exams. We also strongly encourage you to carefully review your state’s bar admission page for more details and guidance, such as the relevant filing fees and other requirements for admission! 
 
New York
(https://www.nybarexam.org/Default.html)

Uniform New York Bar Exam*
Test Date: February 26 - 27, 2019 
 Application filing period: November 1 - 30, 2018 

Test Date: July 30 - 31, 2019 
Application filing period: April 1 - 30, 2019 
*THERE IS NO PROVISION FOR FILING LATE 

New York Law Exam (NYLE)*
Test Date: December 20, 2018
Registration Deadline: November 20, 2018

Test Date: March 21, 2019
Registration Deadline: February 19, 2019

Test Date: June 13, 2019
Registration Deadline: May 14, 2019

Test Date: September 26, 2019
Registration Deadline: August 27, 2019 

Test Date: December 19, 2019
Registration Deadline: November 19, 2019 

*In order to register for a NYLE test date, you must first complete the self-paced, online New York Law Course (NYLC). The Board of Law Examiners has recommended that a student allot TWO WEEKS to complete the online course. You can take the NYLC and the NYLE up to one year before or three years after you first sit for the bar exam.
 
California
(http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions)

Test Date: Feb. 26 - 27, 2019 
Application filing period opens: Oct. 1, 2018 
Timely filing deadline: November 1, 2018 
Final filing deadline: January 15, 2019 

Test Date: July 30 - 31, 2019 
Application filing period opens: TBD 
Timely filing deadline: TBD 
Final filing deadline: TBD 
 
District of Columbia
(https://www.dccourts.gov/court-of-appeals/committee-on-admissions)

Test Dates: Feb. 26 - 27, 2019 and July 30 - 31, 2019
The DC Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions has not yet posted deadlines for these test dates.
       
Texas 
(https://ble.texas.gov/home)

Test Date: February 26 - 28, 2019
Registration opens: June 30, 2018
Timely filing deadline: September 1, 2018
Late filing deadline: November 1, 2018
Final filing deadline: December 1, 2018

Test Date: July 30 - 31 and August 1, 2019 
Registration opens: December 2, 2018
Timely filing deadline: February 1, 2019
Late filing deadline: April 1, 2019
Final filing deadline: May 1, 2019
       
Connecticut
(http://www.jud.ct.gov/CBEC/)

Test Date: February 26 - 27, 2019
First day to file for February exam: October 1, 2018
First application filing deadline: October 31, 2018
Final Application Filing Deadline: November 30, 2018

Test Date: July 30 - 31, 2019
The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee has not posted details about the July exam. However, in the past the Committee has posted this information in the beginning of March and the filing deadline has been at the end of April. 
 
Illinois
(https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/home)

Test Date: February 26 - 27, 2019
Regular filing deadline: September 15, 2018
Late filing deadline: November 1, 2018
Final filing deadline: December 15, 2018

Test Date: July 30 - 31, 2019
Regular filing deadline: February 15, 2019
Late filing deadline: April 1, 2019
Final filing deadline: May 15, 2019
 
Massachusetts
(http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/sjc/attorneys-bar-applicants/bbe/)

Test Date: February 26 - 27, 2019
The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners will announce the filing deadlines when it releases the Petition for Admission by Examination. They generally release the Petition in September / early October.

Test Date: July 30 - 31, 2019
The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners will announce the filing deadlines when it releases the Petition for Admission by Examination. They generally release the Petition in March / April.
 
New Jersey
(https://www.njbarexams.org/home) 

Test Date: February 26 - 27, 2019
Application Available: October 1, 2018 
Timely filing deadline: October 31, 2018
First late deadline: November 1 - 15, 2018
Final filing deadline: November 16 - 30, 2018

Test Date: July 30 - 31, 2019
Application Available: March 1, 2019 
Timely filing deadline: March 31, 2019
First late deadline: April 1 - 15, 2019
Final filing deadline: April 16 - 30, 2019
 
Pennsylvania
(http://www.pabarexam.org/) 

Test Date: February 26 - 27, 2019
Timely filing deadline: October 30, 2018
First late deadline: November 15, 2018
Second late deadline: November 30, 2018
Final deadline: December 15, 2018 

Test Date: July 30 - 31, 2019
Timely filing deadline: April 15, 2019
First late deadline: April 30, 2019
Second late deadline: May 15, 2019
Final deadline: May 30, 2019
 

Graduation Requirements and Your 3L Roadmap


You might find it helpful to know what lies ahead during the rest of your time as a law student. For a clearer idea of what to expect for the rest of your 3L year and immediately after graduation, we recommend that you check out the 3L Roadmap prepared by the various offices within Student Affairs: https://www.law.columbia.edu/students/3l-roadmap.

Below, we've also provided a quick review of the graduation requirements and corresponding deadlines for the Class of 2019:

*83 academic credits (minimum)   

*6 points of experiential credit. You can earn these points by participating in a clinic, externship, or certain seminars. You can find a list of courses that count toward the Experiential credit requirement by searching in the Curriculum Guide under the Additional Attributes tag “Experiential Credit.” You can also earn these credits by registering for a Supervised J.D. Experiential Project (i.e., an independent internship) under the supervision of a CLS faculty member. You can learn more about experiential opportunities here: https://www.law.columbia.edu/experiential-learning.   
                    
*6 terms of full-time residence at the Law School. To maintain term residence, you must earn between 12 and 15 points each semester (you may petition to take one 11-point semester). 

*Satisfactory completion of all required 1L foundation courses (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Moot Court, Legal Methods, Legal Practice Workshop I and II, Property, Torts, and a First Year Elective).

*Satisfactory completion of a course in the area of professional responsibility

*Major Writing Credit and Minor Writing Credit
  • For students who are expecting to graduate in May 2019, the deadline to register for the Major Writing Credit was September 17, 2018 (Registration Forms). If you have not already registered for the Major Writing Credit, please reach out to an advisor as soon as possible. The first draft is due no later than February 1, 2019 and the final draft is due by April 1, 2019.
  • For students who are expecting to graduate in May 2019, the deadline to register for the Minor Writing Credit is February 4, 2019. If you are registering for a class that you will be relying on to satisfy Minor Writing, you should speak with your professor at the start of the term to let him or her know.
*Mandatory Pro Bono. You must complete 40 hours of pro bono service by April 1st of your 3L year. If you have any questions about how you can satisfy your pro bono requirement, please contact Laren Spirer (laren.spirer@law.columbia.edu), the Director of Pro Bono Programs. 

Please Note: There are certain limits on the number of non-classroom/non-traditional course points that you can count toward the 83 points required for graduation (for example, clinics, externships, teaching assistantships, teaching fellowships, supervised research/experiential projects, journal and moot court work, and non-law school courses). A more detailed description of these limits -- as well as the requirements for the major and minor writing credits -- can be found in the Student Handbook.  

IF YOU’RE UNSURE WHETHER YOU’VE EXCEEDED ANY OF THE VARIOUS LIMITS, please contact Joel Kosman (jkosma@law.columbia.edu), Robert Ford (rf2659@columbia.edu), Jordana Confino (jc4951@columbia.edu), or Dean Yadira Ramos-Herbert  (yramos-herbert@law.columbia.edu). You can also use the “Degree Requirements Status” tool in LawNet to audit your graduation progress. Unfortunately, the DRS tool is not available for students who transferred to the Law School after their 1L year. However, Student Services academic advisers are available to conduct a graduation audit with any transfer student.
 
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