LL.M. students intending to sit for a State Bar Examination should consult with the LL.M. Admissions Office at LLMadmissions@law.syr.edu. It is the LL.M. student’s responsibility to make necessary arrangements to ensure they are properly qualified to sit for a State Bar Examination.
New York State Bar Exam: Foreign-educated LL.M. applicants intending to sit for the New York State Bar Examination must complete the “Foreign Evaluation Form” and submit their foreign education documentation to the New York State Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) at least eight months prior to the first day of the bar examination application period. LL.M. students are strongly encouraged to submit the “Foreign Evaluation Form” and required documents before matriculation into the College of Law. For more information, visit the BOLE website. While the LL.M. program meets the academic requirements established by the BOLE, the determination of eligibility to sit for the exam is made exclusively by the BOLE.
ABA Standard 504 Statement: In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
The following courses have been approved by the New York State Court of Appeals to satisfy the academic requirements for eligibility to sit for the New York State Bar Exam:
- Business Associations
- Civil Procedure
- Constitutional Law I
- Constitutional Law II
- Commercial Transactions
- Conflict of Laws
- Criminal Law
- Constitutional Criminal Procedure - Adjudicative
- Constitutional Criminal Procedure - Investigative
- Criminal Law
- Family Law
- Federal Courts
- New York Civil Practice
- New York Criminal Procedure
- Real Estate Transactions
- Secured Transactions
- Wills & Trusts
LL.M. students are not required to pursue a Bar Exam following the completion of their studies; however if they choose to do so, and are deemed eligible by a State’s bar examiners, Syracuse Law offers a variety of opportunities to prepare students for the Bar Exam. For example, students may enroll in the “test prep” course, titled: “Foundations for Attorney Licensing,” offered in the fall and spring semesters for 2 credits. This course provides an understanding of the bar review and bar exam processes, as well as the skills necessary to be successful in the licensing process. Also, students are encouraged to take advantage of our “Rock the Bar” program, which offers a series of authentic test prep study sessions throughout the academic year.
Finally, during the time between graduation from Syracuse Law and the July exam date, a majority of students enroll in a private Bar Exam prep course offered through companies such as BarBri, Pieper, Kaplan, Themis, and others. Note: Syracuse Law does not endorse any particular private test prep company.