New York Bar

In order to qualify as an attorney-at-law in the State of New York, you must pass the New York State Bar Exam. The exam is held in New York twice a year in February and July. BPP offer a New York Bar preparation course in partnership with Pieper Bar Review, the leading US provider. It fully prepares you to pass these challenging law exams and is tailored to lawyers who haven't studied in the US - so you don't need any prior knowledge of US Law.

A certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited following attendance, which should then be submitted to the appropriate professional awarding body.

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Qualify to practise in New York

In an increasingly globalised legal marketplace – and with increasing numbers of US practices opening in Britain – it makes sense for UK-based lawyers to be dual qualified.

To qualify as an attorney-at-law in the State of New York, you need to pass the New York State Bar Exam. This is exclusively administered by the New York State Board of Law Examiners and is provided twice a year, and must be sat in New York State. You will have to travel to New York to sit the New York Bar exam.

The BPP/Pieper programme will prepare you for every subject covered in these exams, without wasting time studying irrelevant areas of US law.

Run by New York Bar specialists, Pieper Bar Review, this comprehensive course offers a focused programme taught with DVDs and featuring experts in New York law. It's available part or full-time in London or Manchester.

What's more, we make sure you peak at the right time with courses finishing just before the two annual exam dates.

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The teaching assumes you have no prior exposure to US law. You will learn the fundamental concepts along with more complex legal rules, giving you a complete understanding of New York law even if you have never studied a particular subject. Teaching is delivered via DVDs in a classroom.

Course materials

Pieper DVDs feature a comprehensive programme of 170 hours of teaching. What's more, Pieper's iPass system gives you the flexibility to review lectures online whenever and wherever you want.

BPP and Pieper will make sure you have everything you need to prepare for both the content and question style of the exam. This includes a comprehensive study pack with textbooks, answering techniques, sample assignments and past exams.

Materials include:

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  • Quiz books
  • Appellate Alert book
  • Statute of Limitations card
  • Essay answer sheets
  • Multistate in-class question packets
  • Multistate Performance Test folder including three exam booklets and answer sheets
  • Essay writing workshop booklet

Support-focused study

You will receive plenty of guidance and motivation when you study the New York Bar with BPP and Pieper. Support will include:

  • Access to a team of staff attorneys to answer any of your queries
  • Direct peer-support and interaction
  • Guided lessons, revision and exam practice
  • Library and internet access at BPP Law School

To book:

Call: 0845 226 2422

Flexible learning

The New York Bar course is highly flexible, so whether you're a recent graduate or a partner of a law firm, you can study at times that suit you. Teaching is classroom-based and delivered through Pieper's successful programme of DVD lectures. There is also extensive online support available to help supplement the classroom element.

Study options include:

  • Full-time – weekdays
  • Part-time – a combination of evenings and some weekends

Frequently asked questions

These are our most frequently asked questions about the course, examination and our services. If you can't find the answer here, please don't hesitate to contact us on 020 3130 6986.

To apply for the New York Bar exam

Please ensure that you checked with the New York State Board of Law Examiners that you are eligible to sit the Bar Exam. Applications to determine eligibility can take a long time to process, so apply early.

Candidates are encouraged to request evaluation of their eligibility up to one year in advance of the application filing period. In addition to the exam application, you will also need to complete a foreign evaluation form.

This will need to be requested approximately one year in advance of submission. Evaluation will take eight to ten weeks from the receipt of all relevant documentation.

Eligibility is at the sole discretion of the New York Board of Law Examiners and is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on academic record and experience. However, according to the guidance BPP has been given, you are likely to be eligible if you have completed a three-year full time or four-year part time law degree – studying English Common Law. Delegates who have completed a classroom GDL and LPC or BPTC only are generally required to take a one-year Masters degree in the US. Those who have studied an online programme are not, at present, eligible to sit the New York State Bar Exam.

Please remember that this is just a guide and you will need to confirm your eligibility with the New York State Board of Law Examiners.

Apply for the preparation course

Applications for the New York Bar course are made direct to BPP. You will need to complete a BPP application form.

You can also send paper applications to:

BPP Professional Education
5th Floor, Boulton House
Chorlton Street
M1 3HY

Key dates

Full-time New York Bar courses start in May and December. Part-time courses start in March and September.

For further information call 0845 226 2422 or email

Study locations

The New York Bar course can be studied at our BPP venues in: