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Bar association membership and involvement as a student can lead to life-long professional relationships and enable student members to gain valuable insight into legal practice.
Being an active member of a legal association or organization is a useful activity to have on your resume because it gives you something concrete to talk about on job interviews and with other attorneys who are most likely involved with an association. For those who want to practice in New York, it is particularly helpful when searching for a job in the New York area.
Relationships will be a big part of your legal career and there is no better place to form the personal and professional relationships that will carry you through. With over 300 programs, events, and CLE courses throughout the year, you have so many opportunities to meet fellow students and practicing attorneys.
Meet with attorneys and professionals at our career programs, which include interviewing skills, resume writing, networking, presentation skills and other professional development programs.
The library is a perfect place for you to get work done; it's a great study spot. Use it now or to study for the bar exam.
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The New York State Board of Law Examiners administers the New York State Bar Examination, twice a year on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of every February and July. The bar examination contains two sections, the New York section which is given on Tuesday, and the Multi-state Bar Examination (MBE) which is given on Wednesday. The New York section consists of five essay questions and 50 multiple choice questions prepared by the New York Board, and one Multi-state Performance Test question, developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The second day of the exam is the MBE section, which consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. Each day of the examination will consist of a morning session and an afternoon session with a lunch break in between. The examination is given at the same time and date at various testing locations across the state. Applications to take the bar examination must be postmarked no more than 120 days, nor less than 90 days prior to the examination for which application is being made. There is no provision for late filing except that for applicants who took the immediately preceding New York bar examination, the deadline for re-application is 21 days from the date of the applicant's failure notice, or 90 days prior to the examination, whichever is later.