The State Bar of California provides useful information on its website for students who plan to practice law in California. To learn more about other states' exams and bar admission requirements, visit their websites. Students are also encouraged to consult the website for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which provides comprehensive information on bar admission requirements in all U.S. jurisdictions and a directory of state bar admission agencies.
Click on the links below to access some of the states' websites. UC Hastings' New York Bar Admission and Exam Basics link provides an overview of the New York State Board of Law Examiners’ admission and exam requirements.
New York applicants who commence their law school studies after August 1, 2016, must comply with the new Skills Competency Requirement set forth in Section 520.18 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals. J.D. students are advised to consider using Pathway 2 as a way to fulfill the requirement; note, if you do so, you are responsible for obtaining necessary certifications regarding summer experiences. L.L.M. students are advised to consider following either Pathway 4 or 5 in order to fulfill the requirement. For more information on the requirement please review the FAQ for New York’s Skills Competency and Professional Values Bar Admission Requirement.
The UC Hastings Law Library has a wide array of bar exam resources including a collection of bar exam essay tests and answer. Your UCH email user ID and password are required to access the exam PDFs. The Library also has a number of books and supplemental aids on reserve to assist students with their bar study.
Students may access refresher lectures, Powerpoint presentations, and handouts through the Prior Bar Lectures and Workshops Canvas page. Please note the date of posted materials, as the law changes over time.
The key to passing the bar exam is preparation. It is never too early to start preparing for this milestone in your legal career. UC Hastings offers students a range of bar prep services, including advising, classes that increase the probability of success on the bar exam, and special bar passage programs throughout the year. Click the links below to learn more.
Financial resources are available to students while they study for the bar exam. For example, certain fees related to bar study may be added to a 3L student's cost of attendance. As a result, students may request an additional $1,500 in Federal Graduate PLUS funds to offset these fees. Please visit the Financial Aid Office and complete an Action Request Form to ask for an increase in Cost of Attendance and additional Graduate PLUS funds. Additionally, some lenders offer bar study loans. To learn more about these loans and how to apply, contact the Financial Aid Office.
A commercial bar course, which runs for approximately eight weeks prior to the bar exam, is necessary for you to review what you have already learned in law school and to learn bar tested subjects that you have not yet studied. The commercial bar companies are familiar with what is tested and how it is tested. Your commercial course will provide you with materials and a study plan to help you prepare for the exam. There are several commercial bar courses in California that offer a full time study program. Some of the companies listed below have representatives on campus at the beginning of each semester during Bar Sweeps Week. Bar Sweeps Week is typically scheduled for the middle of October and early March. Providing this information does not constitute an endorsement of any program or product.