The mission of the Task Force on the New York Bar Examination is to investigate and report on the experience and impact of New York’s adoption of the UBE. Presiding Justice Alan D. Scheinkman, of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department, chairs the task force.

The task force will consider the impact that the UBE has had on applicants; on the qualifications and relevant knowledge of newly admitted New York attorneys; on potential employers; on current members of the bar; and on diversity in the profession. At the conclusion of its investigation, the task force will make recommendations regarding the future content and form of New York’s bar exam.

Links to Task Force Reports

Third Report and Recommendations of the Task Force on the New York Bar Examination
Approved by the House of Delegates on June 12, 2021

Second Report of the Task Force on the New York Bar Examination: The Coronavirus and Bar Examination Administration

First Report of the Task Force on the New York Bar Examination
Approved by the House of Delegates on April 4, 2020

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Task Force in the News

New York State Bar Association Forms Task Force to Review NY Bar Exam, NYSBA News Release
April 1, 2019

NYSBA to Study if Move to Uniform Bar Exam Led to a Rise in Lawyers Unprepared to Practice, New York Law Journal
April 1, 2019

NYSBA to Study Uniform Bar Exam Impact, Daily Record
April 2, 2019

NY Bar To Probe Impact Of Shift To Uniform Atty Exam, Law360
April 2, 2019

Task force will look at bar exam in New York state, Buffalo Law Journal
April 2, 2019

Is the Uniform Bar Exam creating underprepared lawyers?, National Jurist
May 13, 2019

Change in New York bar exam for lawyers was positive, study shows, Buffalo Law Journal
August 24, 2019

Hearing on UBE Is Friday, Daily Record
October 2, 2019

State Bar Task Force Reviewing NY Bar Exam To Hold Four Public Hearings Across the State, NYSBA News Release
September 19, 2019

State Bar Association Task Force Reviewing NY Bar Exam to Hold Public Hearing in Mineola, NYSBA News Release
October 18, 2019

State Bar Association Task Force Reviewing NY Bar Exam To Hold Public Hearing in Albany, NYSBA News Release
October 24, 2019

State Bar Association Task Force Reviewing NY Bar Exam to Hold Public Hearing in New York, NYSBA News Release
November 15, 2019

New York State Bar Association Task Force Convenes on Emergency Basis to Consider Alternatives to the July Bar Examination
March 23, 2020

NYSBA Task Force Seeks Early September Bar Exam
March 30, 2020

After NYSBA’s Recommendation, Court of Appeals Seeks Early September Bar Exam
April 1, 2020

State Bar Task Force Recommends Restructuring of Bar Exam to Strengthen Focus on New York Law
April 3, 2020

NYSBA Adopts Report Calling for Fundamental Change to Uniform Bar Exam
April 4, 2020

New York Cancels September Bar Exam
July 16, 2020

New York State Bar Association Issues Statement Regarding the Board of Law Examiners Decision to Cancel the September Bar Exam
July 16, 2020

NYSBA Issues Statement Regarding New York’s Remote Bar Exam
July 23, 2020

NYSBA President Scott M. Karson Issues Statement On NY Allowing Law School Graduates To Use October Online Bar Exam Results From Other States For NY Admission
August 18, 2020

Details of NY’s Remote Bar Exam Released
August 26, 2020

February Bar Exam To Be Held Remotely
October 10, 2020

New York State Bar Association Calls for State to Withdraw from the Uniform Bar Exam
June 12, 2021

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