New York Adopts the Uniform Bar Examination

On May 5, 2015, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that New York is adopting the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) effective with July 2016. Judge Lippman made the announcement during his annual Law Day address in the Court of Appeals Hall in Albany:

New York’s carefully considered decision to adopt the UBE is a huge step towards a national, uniform bar exam for the entire country. . . .  A nationally administered UBE is not only desirable but necessary for the mobile, interconnected society in which we live.

We live in a world where it is common for lawyers to switch jobs multiple times throughout their careers and relocate to different states . . . . The UBE makes it easier to become licensed and employed in a new jurisdiction. And lawyers who can more easily become licensed in multiple states are a tremendous asset.

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