Nearly 12,000 aspiring lawyers are sitting for the New York bar exam Tuesday and Wednesday. The multiple-choice test takes just over 12 hours to complete and is spread across two days.
This year’s pool of 11,797 test-takers is slightly higher than last year’s 11,694, although the current figure is not final—not everyone who signs up shows up, said John McAlary, executive director of the New York State Board of Law Examiners.
At least 5,300 will take it at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side. Aspiring lawyers can also take it in Albany and Buffalo.
Similar to past years, the test covers contracts, constitutional law, real property, criminal procedure, professional responsibility and other areas of law. Effective with this week’s exam, the board is no longer testing on the negotiable instruments section of the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code. Beginning with the February 2015 bar exam, it will replace those questions with administrative law content.