Career Center and Job Alerts
NYSBA Career Center is the leading online hub for legal professionals, serving more than 74,000 members. It’s where legal professionals go to find the right legal jobs and where employers go to find highly-qualified legal talent.
Young Lawyers Section
Become the voice of newly-admitted and young attorneys in NYSBA. Designed to help make the transition from law school to practice an easier one for newly-admitted attorneys, the Young Lawyers Section connects you with experienced attorneys lending general advice, legal guidance, or expert opinions. Take advantage of educational programs and networking events. The Section publishes Electronically In Touch and Perspective. Plus, law students may now join the Section and get a jump start on their careers.
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Competitions, Scholarships and Fellowships
From a writing contest on international law and an essay competition on environmental law, to internships with Fortune 500 corporations and scholarship funding or future elder law practitioners, the New York State Bar Association offers a wide variety of opportunities to help law students develop critical legal skills and build their resumes. Take a look at the many opportunities we offer that can guide you on your way to become one of New York’s leading attorneys.
The New York State Board of Law Examiners does both. You can contact them at 518.453.5990, www.nybarexam.org
No. The NYSBA is not the official New York Bar and is not responsible for attorney licenses or registration. Please contact the NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA), the official licensing/registration unit: 212.428.2800, or visit www.nycourts.gov
NYSBA membership dues are voluntary and are paid annually. Licensing fees with the NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA) are mandatory and are paid biennially by all attorneys engaged in the active practice of law. For information regarding NYSBA membership dues, call 800.582.2452. For information regarding OCA licensing fees, call 212.428.2800
No. The NYSBA is not the official New York Bar and is not responsible for attorney licenses or registration. Please contact the NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA), the official licensing/registration unit: 212.428.2800, www.nycourts.gov
Letters or Certificates of Good Standing can be obtained from the Appellate Department where the attorney was admitted to practice.
1st Department (Manhattan) call 212.340.0400; 2nd Department (Brooklyn) call 718.875.1300; 3rd Department (Albany) call 518.471.4777; 4th Department (Rochester) call 585.530.3100
No. Upon admission to the bar, the Appellate Division does not furnish an ID card, nor does New York have bar numbers. However, Secure Pass ID card applications can be picked up at any New York state courthouse and are available to any attorney in order to gain access into New York courthouses.
Pursuant to Rule 520.16 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals, applicants who successfully pass the bar examination in New York State must demonstrate that they have performed 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service before applying for admission to practice. The full text of Rule 520.16 is available at www.nycourts.gov/ctapps
If you were enrolled at an ABA- approved law school and you are seeking admission to practice in New York on examination, you will need to complete 50 hours of qualifying pro bono work before you apply for admission to the New York Bar. Only eligible pro bono work performed on or after May 1, 2012 will satisfy the Rule. The Requirement need not be fulfilled before a law student applies to take the New York bar examination; rather, the 50 hours must be completed before filing an application for admission.
If you are currently a law student at an American Bar Association- approved law school, eligible pro bono work performed at any time after you commenced your legal education will qualify to meet the Requirement, as long as the work does not violate any of your law school’s regulations or policies about student employment or volunteer activities. For more information regarding NYS Bar Admission Pro Bono Requirements call 800.268.7869, or visit: www.nycourts.gov