New York State Bar Pro Bono Requirement
If you plan to apply to take the New York State Bar Exam, please read carefully.
All candidates who are admitted to the New York bar after January 1, 2015, must complete 50 hours of qualifying pro bono work. Admission on motion candidates are exempt.
Opportunities to satisfy this requirement while in law school include working on qualifying pro bono projects through the Law School’s Pro Bono Program or providing qualifying legal assistance through several of the Law School’s clinical courses. The New York State Bar Pro Bono Requirement differs from the Law School’s Pro Bono Challenge. The definition of qualifying pro bono is not the same for both For example, clinics and summer internships may qualify for the New York State Bar Pro Bono Requirement but cannot be logged toward the Law School’s Pro Bono Challenge, and VITA, which qualifies for the Law School’s program is unlikely to qualify for the NYS Bar Requirement) (see FAQ below, #19). The New York rule is new and the guidelines are still evolving. READ ALL information provided by New York State to be sure you have met the requirements for demonstrating completion of 50 hours of qualifying pro bono.
The Law School does not certify hours as eligible for the New York State Bar Requirement. It is your responsibility to determine whether your pro bono projects will qualify as “pro bono service” as defined by the New York State Board of Law Examiners. More information on the requirement is available from the New York State Board of Law Examiners. Applicants to the New York bar must submit an Affidavit of Compliance for pro bono work used to fulfill the bar’s pro bono requirement. Each affidavit must be signed by the applicant’s supervising attorney. It is recommended that you complete the affidavit as soon as you complete your pro bono project.
New York State Pro Bono Requirement – Rule 22 NYCRR 520.16
New York State Bar Admission: Pro Bono Requirement – FAQs