I don't expect the NY UBE F17 release date to be any sooner than 4/26/17 (63 days from the test end date). The F16 results were released 62 days from the test end date, and I expect there to be more F17 examinees than F16 examinees. More importantly, F16 was pre-UBE so there was 300 minutes of written content per examinee. The F17 UBE consists of 360 minutes of written content per examinee. This is a 20% increase in content the graders must read. If NYBOLE releases the F17 scores earlier than the F16 scores, it kind of suggests they put a bit less effort into grading the F17 essays/MPTs. With pass rates being where they are, if I was a bar examiner, I wouldn't want examinees feeling short-changed on grading. To anyone that fails the F17 UBE exam, if you complete the , I will send you a comprehensive score analysis along with my advice. I have provided this free report to over 4,000 failing examinees. Click to see a sample of the . I also make a free 37 page . The report will tell you a lot of useful things such as how your essays/MPTs deviated from others and if you missed out on issue-spotting buzzwords/etc.
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Pass rates have been dropping significantly over the past two years. For example, the overall Feb 2016 pass rate in New York was 41%. In contrast, the 20 year historical overall February pass rate in NY has been about 47.1%. Based on my calculations, an extra 250+ examinees failed (out of 4,193 taking) as a result of this 6.1% pass rate difference. Likewise, the July 2015 pass rate in New York was abnormally low. The 20 year historical overall July pass rate in NY has been about 69.5%. The overall July 2015 pass rate in NY was 61%. Based on my calculations, an extra 900+ examinees failed (out of 10,671 taking) as a result of this 8.5% pass rate difference.
Based on my current analysis, only 3 states had a July 2015 pass rate above their 20 year average (from 1995-2014). Washington had the best increase, passing 3.64% more examinees than their 20 year July average. Mississippi had the worst decrease, failing 32.32% more examinees than their 20 year July average. Based on the number of July 2014 takers, I estimate that an extra 1,971 examinees failed the July 2015 bar exam as compared to their state's 1995-2014 average. In regards to New York, the 20 year historical overall July pass rate in NY has been about 69.5%. The overall July 2015 pass rate in NY was 61%. Based on my calculations, an extra 900+ NY examinees failed based on this 8.5% pass rate difference.
From July 2001 to present, NYBOLE has released has two sample MPT answers written by actual test-takers that were regarded as representative of better than average submissions. All these exams are contained in the following (The MPT answers are after the Essay answers). if you wish to download MPT answers from a specific exam, you can choose the file from the below table:
Last I checked, that wasn't the criteria.
I guess I'll keep doing these just for the lulz.
Yeah, on the Cal bar exams, one of my graders gave me an 80 on my crim essay while another gave me a 55 in torts.
04-24-15: In response to a query, NYBOLE does not wait for MPRE results to be released before sending out the exam results. For example, February 2014 NY bar exam results were released on April 24, 2014 even though March 2014 MPRE results were not released until April 29, 2014. FYI, since 1995, a total of 1,365,473 examinees took a bar exam in the U.S. and 927,017 passed, resulting in an overall nationwide pass rate of 67.9% (this means that by February 2017, there will have been 1,000,000+ new attorneys in the U.S. over a span of 22 years).
The Cal Bar examples are also not helpful because they do not provide the scores on these essays and tend to be the very best, not examples of just passing essays.
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04-22-15: In response to a few queries, based on July 2014, on whatever date results are released, I expect them to be emailed to examinees at midnight with no prior notification. FYI, the average pass rate in NY for February (1992-2014) has been 48%. Based on the F15 national mean MBE, I expect the F15 pass rate in NY to be 45% or lower.
10-27-15 UPDATE: So far out of 25 states reporting, only 3 states have had a July 2015 pass rate above their 20 year average (from 1995-2014). Washington had the best increase, passing 3.64% more examinees than their 20 year July average. Mississippi had the worst decrease, failing 32.32% more examinees than their 20 year July average. Based on the number of July 2014 takers, I estimate that an extra 1,971 examinees failed the July 2015 bar exam as compared to their state's 1995-2014 average. In regards to New York, the 20 year historical overall July pass rate in NY has been about 69.5%. The overall July 2015 pass rate in NY was 61%. Based on my calculations, an extra 900+ NY examinees failed based on this 8.5% pass rate difference.
04-20-15: The February 2015 NY bar exam results should be released within the next few days (last year, the results were released on Thursday, April 24, 2014). An explanation of the auto-generated email you will receive can be read In examining the average pass rates in New York over the past 20 years of reported information, the February Overall Pass Rate is 47.1% while the July Overall Pass Rate is 69.8%. The February First Time Takers Pass Rate is 59.9% while the July First Time Takers Pass Rate is 73.6%. The February Repeaters Pass Rate is 33.6% while the July Repeaters Pass Rate is 28.3%. With each reduction of 1% in the pass rate, an estimated 40 extra examinees will fail the exam in February (whereas in July, with each reduction of 1% in the pass rate, an estimated 110 extra examinees will fail the exam in July).
(a) General. An applicant may qualify to take the New York State bar examination by submitting to the New York State Board of Law Examiners satisfactory proof that:
(1) the applicant commenced the study of law after the applicant's 18th birthday;
(2) the applicant successfully completed the prescribed requirements of the first year of full-time study in a first degree in law program at an approved law school as defined in section 520.3(b) of this Part, whether attending full-time or part-time, earning a minimum of 28 credit hours (the threshold period);
(3) at the conclusion of the threshold period the applicant was in good standing, not on academic probation, and was eligible to continue in the law school's degree program;
(4) the threshold period was completed within 36 months of the commencement of law school study; and
(5) the applicant thereafter studied law in a law office or offices located within New York State, under the supervision of one or more attorneys admitted to practice law in New York State, for such a period of time as, together with the credit permitted pursuant to this section for attendance in an approved law school, shall aggregate four years.
(b) Employment and instruction requirements. An applicant studying law in a law office or offices within New York State must be actually and continuously employed during the required period as a regular law clerk and student in a law office, under the direction and subject to the supervision of one or more attorneys admitted to practice law in New York State, and must be actually engaged in the practical work of such law office during normal business hours. In addition, the applicant must receive instruction from the supervising attorney or attorneys in those subjects that are customarily taught in approved law schools.
(c) Credit for attendance in approved law school. Credit shall be allowed toward the required four years of combined law school and law office study in accordance with subdivision (a) as follows:
(1) one full year (52 weeks) of credit shall be allowed for successfully completing the threshold period;
(2) following the threshold period, two weeks of credit shall be allowed for every additional successfully completed credit hour at an approved law school, but only if at the conclusion of the semester in which the credits were earned the applicant was in good academic standing, was not on academic probation and was eligible to continue in the school’s degree program.
(d) Vacations. Vacations taken by the applicant in excess of one month in any year of law office study shall be deducted from the period of law office study for which credit shall be given, but if the applicant does not take a vacation there will not be an adjustment in the period of study required by this section.
(e) Certificate of commencement of law office study. It shall be the duty of the attorney or attorneys with whom a period of law office study is about to be commenced to obtain from, complete and file with, the Clerk of the Court of Appeals a certificate of commencement of clerkship, Appendix B-2, infra. At the time the certificate of commencement of clerkship is filed, the applicant shall provide the Court of Appeals with a copy of the determination of the State Board of Law Examiners of the credit to which the applicant is entitled under subdivision (c) of this section.
(f) Credit for law study in law office. Credit shall be given only for study in a law office or offices engaged in after the successful completion of the threshold period of law school study and after the filing of the certificate required by subdivision (e) of this section.
(g) Proof required. Compliance with the requirements of this section shall be proved to the satisfaction of the State Board of Law Examiners.
§ 520.5 Study of Law in Law School and Actual Practice