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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The following questions are frequently asked about admission to the bar of New Jersey. Each of the questions is linked to the corresponding answer. For complete information, please refer to the New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Governing Admission to the Bar as well as corresponding areas of this website.

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Remote Bar Examination Option


- What content will be tested on the July 2021 remote bar examination?
- What is the format of the remote bar examination?
- What is the schedule for the July 2021 remote uniform bar exam?
- Is this an open book exam?
- May I handwrite my exam?
- Will I be permitted to use scratch paper?
- What software vendor will New Jersey use to deliver the July 2021 remote exam?
- What is the process for registering with ExamSoft?
- What technology is required?
- Do I need to take the mock exams in the location that I plan to take the examination?
- Do I need to use the same equipment on exam day that I used to take the mock exams?
- What items are prohibited in the test area?
- What are the requirements for exam day?
- What features will applicants be able to use within the exam software?
- How does remote proctoring (ExamMonitoring) work?
- How does ExamID work?
- How Do I Get Technical Support During Mock Exams and on Exam Day?
- Will I have an opportunity to practice using the software so I may become familiar with the technology and what to expect on exam day?
- What if I am unable to complete and upload the two required mock exams by the specified deadline? May I still sit for the July 2021 remote exam?
- How will the October 2020 remote examination be graded and scored?
- Is the October 2020 remote bar examination score portable?
- Does the administration of a remote bar examination have any impact on the character and fitness process?
- Is the remote bar examination being administered on Oct. 5th and 6th, 2020 a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)?
- I was granted an ADA accommodation for additional time on the bar examination, will I receive additional time on the mock exams?
- Will I be provided a score and/or feedback on my responses to the Mock Exams?
- How will the July 2021 remote bar examination be graded and scored?
- Is the July 2021 remote bar examination score portable?
- Is the remote bar examination being administered on July 27-28, 2021 a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)?
- How do I transfer my October 2020 Remote Bar Examination score earned in another jurisdiction to New Jersey?
- How do I transfer my New Jersey October 2020 Remote Bar Examination score to another jurisdiction?
- How long will it take to get admitted with a transferred score from the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination?
- How long does my October 2020 Remote Bar Examination score remain valid?
- If my score was not high enough for admission in the jurisdiction where I sat for the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination, may I still transfer my score to New Jersey?
- I took the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination in another jurisdiction. May I transfer my score to New Jersey?

ExamSoft/Examplify


- What are Minimum Standard Requirements (MSRs) for download and use of Examplify for Windows and Mac devices?
- What if my computer comes with a Virtual Camera or Virtual Camera Software installed to operate the installed camera on the device?
- May I use my iPad or tablet to take the remote exam?
- Do I need an internet connection during the exam?
- Will I have to wait until the exam and monitoring files upload before starting the next session?
- Do I need high speed internet to upload the exam and monitor files?
- How do I verify that my exam files and ExamMonitor files have uploaded?
- What should I do if my computer freezes during the exam?
- Can I use an external camera and microphone?
- How can I ensure that my camera is working correctly and recording my video?
- What is ExamSoft's policy regarding collection of my data, including biometric data?
- How can ensure that my baseline image was captured correctly and that I will not have any issues verifying my identity on the exam day?
- Is ExamSoft able to deliver 30,000 exams at one time?
- Do I need to disable my antivirus software to download Examplify?
- Will proctors reviewing the monitoring videos have access to my personal information?
- What types of behavior will be flagged by Artificial Intelligence and during the review by proctors?

COVID-19 Crisis


- Will I be eligible to sit for the bar exam if my law school changed to pass/fail grading during the COVID-19 crisis?
- Will the Board of Bar Examiners accept an electronically-signed Non-Standard Testing Application (NTA) Certificate of Law School Official?
- In lieu of a notarized copy of bar application documents, what language may I use as an affirmation that the content of such documents is true and correct?
- May I practice law between my 2020 graduation and when I pass the New Jersey bar exam?
- How do I submit my Roll of Attorneys (oath form) during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What if my law school ethics course is graded on a pass/fail basis during the COVID-19 crisis, rather than on a letter grading scale?
- Do you accept electronic signatures of notaries on bar application documents?
- Are you relaxing your requirements with respect to documentation submitted from law schools in connection with bar admission applications? Do you accept an electronic signature, in lieu of an original signature?
- I am having difficulty getting my bar application documents notarized due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What do you accept?
- Are you accepting electronic signatures on Certificates of Good Standing?

Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)


- What is the Uniform Bar Examination?
- When did New Jersey begin administering the UBE?
- I am taking the UBE in another UBE jurisdiction. Can I transfer my score to New Jersey?
- What UBE score is required to apply for admission in New Jersey?
- How do I transfer my UBE score to or from New Jersey?
- How long will it take to get admitted with a transferred UBE score?
- How long does my UBE score remain valid?
- If my score was not high enough for admission in the jurisdiction where I sat for the UBE, can I still transfer my score to New Jersey?
- I am taking/took the UBE in another UBE jurisdiction. Can I transfer my score to New Jersey?
- I planned on taking the Pennsylvania (or another state) and New Jersey bar examinations concurrently. Can I still do that?
- I am admitted in another UBE jurisdiction that did not require a Juris Doctor from an American Bar accredited law school. Can I transfer my score to New Jersey?
- I sat in a jurisdiction that administered all components of the UBE – MEE, MPT and MBE but isn’t a UBE state. Can I transfer my score from that jurisdiction to New Jersey?

ADA Applications


- What do I need to provide in order to apply for a testing accommodation?
- Can I apply for testing accommodations for non-ADA related medical situations such as breastfeeding?

Admitted Attorneys


- My license has been administratively revoked. How can I get my license reinstated?
- How do I get information on Continuing Legal Education?
- How do I resign without prejudice?
- I have a question about Continuing Legal Education. Who can I contact?
- I have been admitted to the NJ bar and I am applying for admission to another state. How do I get a letter from the NJ grievance committee stating that no charges have been filed against me?
- What else is required for admission in New Jersey with a transferred UBE score?
- How do I obtain the forms for a name change?
- How do I obtain the forms for an address change?
- How do I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing?
- How do I apply for a wall license after being admitted to the New Jersey Bar?
- Does New Jersey have reciprocity with any other jurisdiction (out-of-state attorneys only)?
- I am administratively ineligible to practice law in New Jersey because I am not current with my obligations to the Lawyers Fund for Client Protection. How do I become eligible to practice in New Jersey?

Application


- When will the bar exam results be released?
- What are the requirements for an uploaded photo?
- What types of application require an uploaded photo?
- My Photo is "Expired." How do I upload a new photo?
- What are the requirements to sit for the New Jersey Bar Examination?
- Are MPRE scores transferable?
- Can I use an MBE score from a previous exam?
- Are bar examination fees refundable?

Certified Statement of Character


- How long are fingerprint cards good for and who is authorized to fingerprint me?
- The application requires me to get abstracts of my driving record for the past seven years. The state in which I am licensed provides only a three-year abstract. How do I comply with New Jerseys requirement?
- My student loans have been consolidated. Do I need to list them individually or may I just list the consolidated lender?
- I held a summer position several years ago but cannot remember my supervisor's name, may I leave it blank?

General Questions


- Does New Jersey have reciprocity with any other jurisdiction (out-of-state attorneys only)?
- How do I petition the Supreme Court?

In-House Counsel


- I am no longer employed by the company I listed on my application. Whom do I notify?
- The application requires me to get abstracts of my driving record for the past seven years. The state in which I am licensed provides only a three-year abstract. How do I comply with New Jerseys requirement?
- I am admitted to several states and federal courts. Do I need to file Certificates of Good Standing from each of them?
- The application requires me to submit letters of disciplinary history. What if that jurisdiction does not have disciplinary authorities?
- I am admitted in New Jersey working as in-house counsel. I am administrative ineligible because I have not kept up with my annual dues. What must I do to continue as in-house counsel?
- I have had a number of civil and administrative suits filed against the business entity I am employed. Do I have to submit the documentation?
- What kind of professional references are needed in the application?
- I am a patent attorney at a corporation. Do I have to apply for in-house counsel?
- Can foreign attorneys apply for In-House Counsel?
- How do I obtain the forms for name changes?
- How do I notify you with a change of address?
- How do I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from New Jersey once I am admitted?

Remote Bar Examination Option


What content will be tested on the July 2021 remote bar examination?

The July 2021 remote exam will be a full Uniform Bar Exam consisting of:

  • Two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items,
  • Six Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) questions, and
  • 200 Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) questions.
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What is the format of the remote bar examination?

The July 2021 remote bar exam is a full Uniform Bar Exam consisting of:

  • Two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items,
  • Six Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) questions, and
  • 200 Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) questions.

On July 27, 2021, the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) Questions 1 and 2 will be administered in two separate 90-minute sessions and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) Questions 1 through 3 and Questions 4 through 6 will be administered in two separate 90 minute sessions.

On July 28, 2021, the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Questions 1 through 200 will be administered in four separate 90-minute sessions, each consisting of fifty questions.

Once you complete a session, you will not be able to return to the question(s) given in prior sessions. 

For the specific schedule, see "What is the schedule for the July 2021 remote uniform bar exam?"

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What is the schedule for the July 2021 remote uniform bar exam?

The standard administration of the remote exam will be in accordance with the following schedule (all times are Eastern Time):

 

DAY ONE – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

 

9 am to 10:30 am:  Multistate Performance Test (MPT) Question 1 (90 minutes)

Break: 30-minutes

11 am to 12:30 pm:  Multistate Performance Test (MPT) Question 2 (90 minutes)

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm:  Lunch

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm:  Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) Questions 1-3 (90 minutes)

Break: 30-minutes

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm:  Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) Questions 4-6 (90 minutes)

 

 DAY TWO – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

 

9 am to 10:30 am:  Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Questions 1-50 (90 minutes)

Break: 30-minutes

11 am to 12:30 pm:  Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Questions 51-100 (90 minutes)

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm:  Lunch

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm:  Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Questions 101-150 (90 minutes)

Break: 30-minutes

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm:  Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Questions 151-200 (90 minutes)

 

The schedules for applicants testing with accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may vary from the standard schedule addressed above. Applicants testing with accommodations should refer to their determination letter and/or any follow up letters from the Board concerning their schedules and any other modifications that are being made for
the exam.

IMPORTANT TIP: Each exam session/module will require a password, and each password will be released 15 minutes before each session/module. Applicants can and should begin the check-in and log-in process as soon as the password is available in the event they experience any difficulties and require assistance from ExamSoft. As soon as the password is released and applicants log-in to the software, they may begin the exam session even if it is prior to the scheduled start time as the software will log them out automatically when they reach the maximum time permitted for each session (i.e. 90 minutes from start time).

 

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Is this an open book exam?

No. Applicants are not permitted to access our use notes, bar review and study materials, writing utensils, books, other electronic equipment/devices (except for their cell phone in the event technical assistance is needed) during the administration of the exam.

 

For information regarding the use of scratch paper, see "Will I be permitted to use scratch paper?" 

 

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May I handwrite my exam?

This exam is being administered using remote proctoring software. Unless otherwise granted an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), applicants must register with ExamSoft and download the software required to take the remote exam in July 2021.

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Will I be permitted to use scratch paper?

Applicants may use scratch paper (loose, unbound, blank 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, lined or unlined) and any type of nondigital writing utensil on the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) portion of the exam ONLY.  Applicants must remove scratch paper and nondigital writing utensils from the testing area following the MPT portion of the exam.

Scratch paper or any writing utensils may NOT be used on the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) or Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). Use of scratch paper or any writing utensils on the MEE or MBE will result in further investigation.

For the MEE, the virtual scratch paper feature “Notes Section” may be used to outline your answer. You will be able to cut, copy and paste between the “Notes Section” and your answer text for the MEE. It is also permissible for applicants to type their outlines into the answer response fields and then cut, paste and delete unwanted text as desired.

In addition, the “Notes Section” will be available for the MBE.

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What software vendor will New Jersey use to deliver the July 2021 remote exam?

The July 2021 Remote Bar Examination will be administered by ExamSoft using its Examplify testing software.

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What is the process for registering with ExamSoft?

All applicants will be required to register with ExamSoft and download the software and exam files necessary to take the remote exam.

Applicants will receive an email from ExamSoft with instructions for:

  • Registering your computer,
  • Downloading the software,
  • Downloading and taking the mandatory mock exams and
  • Downloading the required exam files.

ExamSoft registration will open on June 17, 2021 by 5:00 pm ET. Registration will close on July 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET which is also the deadline for applicants to have uploaded both mandatory mock exams.

Downloading the Exam Files: Prior to the dates of the Remote Exam, ExamSoft will contact applicants with instructions for downloading the required exam files for exam day. It is extremely critical that all deadlines are strictly complied with as they will not be extended.

Failure to timely meet all of the steps will result in your withdrawal from the remote exam and the forfeiture of your fees.

General information on Examplify for bar exams may be found at https://bar.examsoft.com/ and ExamSoft FAQs may be found on our website under the FAQs tab.

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What technology is required?

Applicants will need a reliable internet connection at the start of each session to obtain the password for each exam session, to check in and begin each session and to upload their answer file and proctoring video at the close of each session. An active internet connection is not required during each session. Stated differently, once you check in and begin the exam session
you will take the exam offline.

Applicants will need a computer that meets ExamSoft's minimum system requirements and an internal or external webcam and microphone. Internal webcams and microphones are preferred. One external camera and one external microphone may be used if your device is not equipped with those items as long as it is not powered by virtual software. The use of built-in devices is recommended to prevent the accidental disconnection of external devices during the exam or the incorrect device selection during the set-up process performed prior to beginning Mock Exam 1. You may not use virtual camera software with ExamID or ExamMonitor. You should test the use of the webcam and microphone during the mandatory Mock Exam 1.

Minimum System Requirements are available at https://examsoft.com/resources/examplify-minimum-system-requirements.

External Mouse/Keyboard/Monitors: Applicants are permitted to use an external keyboard and mouse (wired or wireless) but they must be setup and connected prior to launching Examplify. A mouse pad is also permitted. External monitors connected to a laptop or desktop computer are not permitted.

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Do I need to take the mock exams in the location that I plan to take the examination?

Applicants need not take the mock exams in the location at which they plan to take the examination. However, to be the most effective trial of connectivity and exam conditions, applicants should take the mock exams in the location they plan to use for the examination, to the extent that is possible.

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Do I need to use the same equipment on exam day that I used to take the mock exams?

Yes. In Mock Exam 1, you will be ensuring that your equipment is fully supported in Examplify and that any necessary specifications are properly set. For example, if you want to use an external keyboard or mouse on exam day, you must set this up during Mock Exam 1 to ensure that it is supported.


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What items are prohibited in the test area?

Applicants may not have any watches (analog or digital) or any electronic device on their person or anywhere in the testing area. However, you may have one cell phone placed under your chair and in the off position to be used only in the event technical assistance is needed. The cell phone may not have any writing on it except for the phone number for ExamSoft Technical support. The cell phone may only be used in the event technical assistance is needed and the applicant must remain in front of the camera during the duration of the call for technical assistance. Once the call has ended, the applicant must turn the phone off and place it back under the chair.

Applicants may not have notes, bar review materials or other legal reference books and/or materials in their testing space.

For information regarding scratch paper, please see the answer to: Will I be permitted to use scratch paper?

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What are the requirements for exam day?

Diplomas, photographs, or other items that might personally identify the applicant should not be visible to the applicant’s webcam during the examination.

Applicants must remain seated with their face in full view of the webcam for the entire duration of each 90-minute test session.
Applicants may not eat during the 90-minute session, unless a specific ADA accommodation has been granted, but applicants may have water or other beverages in a clear container with labels removed.

Applicants will have a break in between the 90-minute sessions.

Once the first exam session is complete and your device reconnects to the internet, your exam and video monitoring files may begin to upload. If the files are not fully uploaded before the start of the next session, the upload will pause and will resume once the internet connection is re-established after the exam is completed.

As soon as the applicant exits the previous test session, the webcam is no longer recording. Thus, during the break, applicants are permitted to step away from their computer (for example to eat, drink, stretch, use the restroom, take medications, etc.).

Applicants may not wear a hat or cap during the remote exam except if it is for religious reasons in which case it may not have a brim or otherwise obscure the applicant's eyes.

Applicants may not wear headphones, headsets, or earbuds during the exam, but ordinary foam ear plugs are permitted.

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What features will applicants be able to use within the exam software?

On the MEE and MPT applicants WILL be able to:

  • View the question and their response on the screen at the same time.

For the MPT, applicants will be able to open the MPT library attachments and view both the attachments and the exam response on the screen.

IMPORTANT TIP: Double click the attachment in order to re-size and zoom.

  • Highlight within the text of questions (but there is NO highlighting within any attachment).
  • Use the "Notes" feature (i.e. virtual scratch paper) for each question (MPT and MEE questions) to outline their responses.
  • Cut, copy and paste text between virtual scratch paper “Notes Section” and answer text.
  • Use the spell-check, highlighter and "find and replace" features in your answers.

On the MBE questions, applicants WILL be able to:

  • Highlight within the text of each question.
  • Strike out unwanted answers or answers you believe to be incorrect as you read the multiple-choice questions. Applicants must still select an answer (and not just strike through purported incorrect answers) in order to receive credit for a correct answer.
  • Navigate forward and backward between questions, as well as skip and/or return to unanswered questions during each session.
  • Flag multiple-choice questions that you would like to return to during that session.
  • Use the “Notes Section” (i.e., virtual scratch paper) for each question.

For all test sessions, applicants WILL NOT be able to:

  • Use more than one monitor. External monitors connected to a laptop or desktop computer are not permitted.
  • Cut and paste or drag and drop text from the text of the MEE question or the text of the MPT question and library to their answer.
  • Underline, circle, or cross out text within the MEE and MBE questions or the MPT materials.
  • Use notes, or any other physical reference materials. Applicants suspected of having possessed and/or used notes at any time during the exam will be investigated and may be subject to misconduct charges.
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How does remote proctoring (ExamMonitoring) work?

The proctoring software will record the applicant (both audio and video) throughout each exam session. The recording will be uploaded to ExamSoft along with the applicant’s answer files. Once an applicant ends a given session, they may walk away from their computer and the webcam during the break (the audio and video are NOT recording at this time).

Applicants must remain at their computer, with their face fully visible to their webcam, for the entirety of each test session (e.g., 90 minutes).

After the conclusion of each session, the Remote Proctoring Video Files will be uploaded to ExamSoft. ExamSoft’s artificial intelligence (AI) program will subsequently analyze the recording and flag any unusual behaviors, movements, or sounds.

All footage will then be reviewed by at least one human proctor to determine whether further analysis as to potential irregularities is necessary. For example, a barking dog or a siren in the background might be initially flagged by AI but cleared upon that initial review. The mere fact that a sound or behavior generates a flag for screening does not mean that the Board of Bar Examiners will formally investigate and/or take any action against an applicant for exam misconduct. Rather, the Board of Bar Examiners anticipates that most flags will be cleared by the human proctors without further action.

Conduct that may result in an investigation for fraud or misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Disconnecting the webcam,
  • Leaving the view of the webcam during a testing session, unless an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been granted,
  • Having a prohibited item in the testing space,
  • Using an unauthorized electronic device during testing (other than your one cell phone in the event technical assistance is required),
  • Accessing, using or reviewing notes or other prohibited materials,
  • Having others in the testing space, unless an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been granted, and/or
  • Any other conduct that raises suspicion that an applicant cheated on the exam.

If conduct, behavior or the possession of prohibited items during the exam is deemed by the Board of Bar Examiners to rise to the level of credible evidence of misconduct, an applicant will be notified in writing and advised of the subsequent procedures.

The proctors reviewing exam footage will not have access to any personally identifying information for applicants.

The Board of Bar Examiners will distribute an exam conduct policy to applicants prior to the remote exam which applicants will be required to certify that they have read.

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How does ExamID work?

ExamID authenticates the identity of applicants to ensure that the person taking the exam is the person who registered for the exam.

During the Mock Exam 1, ExamID will take a baseline photo of the applicant. Applicants are urged to have a well-lit room to provide adequate lighting for the photo. It is highly recommended that applicants take this baseline photo in the same well-lit room they intend to take the exam. The software will confirm that the photo taken is acceptable. At the start of the first session of the actual exam, ExamID will take another photo of the applicant and will compare it to the photo taken during Mock Exam 1 to authenticate the applicant's identity.  Should an applicant experience an issue with the ExamID authentication at the beginning of the exam session, the applicant will still be permitted to take the exam and the Board of Bar Examiners will authenticate the applicant's identity through the video. 

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How Do I Get Technical Support During Mock Exams and on Exam Day?

• ExamSoft will have dedicated technicians available for technical support (for the mock exams and on the exam days) and calls should be directed to: (888) 816-3065. The international phone number for technical support is: 1-954-429-8889. You may want to store this number in your phone so it is handy.   You should NOT call the Board’s office for technical support.

 

• ExamSoft also has live online chat assistance (available from the lower right hand side of the screen when you enter the URL http://bar.examsoft.com/support.).  The live online Chat assistance will be accessible until Internet access is cutoff by Examplify.  In other words, it this will only be accessible BEFORE you enter the exam session (mock exam or actual exam). While chat assistance may be useful during the mock exams, it is NOT recommended on exam days. On exam days, you should attempt to resolve the problem yourself first (see Important Tips below) and then call ExamSoft if still needed at (888) 816-3065, or if calling internationally, at:  1-954-429-8889.

 

Should you experience a technical issue before or during the exam you may use your cell phone within the testing area to call technical support. You must stay within camera view until the technical support call ends. Once the call is ended, you must turn the phone off and place it under your chair  For a technical problem that occurs during the exam that cannot be resolved by you (see Important Tips below), you should take these steps:

 

1. Announce to the webcam that you are making a call to seek technical assistance.

 

2. Upon retrieving your phone, place the call to ExamSoft in front of the webcam and remain in its frame for the entirety of the call.

 

3. As soon as the support call ends, turn your phone off and place it under your chair.

 

4. *If you are testing in a law school in a room with other applicants, you should take your computer with you and place the call to ExamSoft outside of the room so as not to disturb other applicants.

 

IMPORTANT TIPS:

 

A. You must connect to the internet before typing the exam password (if you are not properly connected to the internet, you will get a “No Internet Connection” box asking you to “check your internet connection and try again.”)

 

B. You can often resolve a technical issue such as computer freeze or lag while typing during the exam by following the steps below. Before contacting ExamSoft during the exam, immediately take the following steps:

1. Do NOT attempt to exit from the exam as you will be unable to re-enter.

2. To reboot the device, you must press and hold the power button of the device until the device is completely off. To confirm that the device is completely off, the screen backlight will be completely black and there will be no fan sounds emitting from the device itself.

3. Wait five seconds, then restart the device by pushing the power button again.

4. When Examplify restarts, it will return you to within 59 seconds or less of where you left off with your answer.

If this does not restart the exam session, you should immediately contact ExamSoft support at (888) 816-3065.

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Will I have an opportunity to practice using the software so I may become familiar with the technology and what to expect on exam day?

Yes. There will be three mock exams available through Examplify, Mock Exam 1, Mock Exam 2 and Mock Exam 3.  Completion and upload of Mock Exam 1 and Mock Exam 2 is required for all applicants, including applicants who have been granted accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Completion of Mock Exam 3 is optional.

Mock Exam 1 provides a 90-minute session during which applicants will establish their baseline photo ID that will be used for exam day and setup and test their equipment.  In addition, applicants will be provided a tutorial of the features of Examplify, ExamSoft’s exam software.  We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the full 90-minute session.  Applicants who are granted accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will not receive additional time on the mock exam.  Completion and upload of Mock Exam 1 is required by all applicants.

IMPORTANT TIP: If you want to use an external keyboard or mouse on exam day, you must set this up during Mock Exam 1!!

Mock Exam 2 provides a 90-minute session in which will contain practice questions. During this session, applicants will be provided the opportunity to practice working with the exam format using all of the software features, including the virtual scratch paper “Notes Section” and highlighting features.  Although mock exam responses will not be graded, we strongly encourage applicants to utilize the full 90-minute session.  Applicants who are granted accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will not receive additional time on the mock exam.  Completion and upload of Mock Exam 2 is required by all applicants.

Mock Exam 3 is a duplicate of Mock Exam 2 and provides an additional opportunity for applicants to practice.  Completion of Mock Exam 3, although not required, is strongly encouraged.

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What if I am unable to complete and upload the two required mock exams by the specified deadline? May I still sit for the July 2021 remote exam?

No.  If you do not complete and upload the required Mock Exam 1 and Mock Exam 2 files, you will be withdrawn from the exam.

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How will the October 2020 remote examination be graded and scored?

For the October 2020 remote examination, the MEE and MPT questions will be graded in the same manner as the Uniform Bar Examination. The written score will be scaled to the MBE.

The components of the examination will be weighted as on the Uniform Bar Examination – 50% for the MBE, 30% for the MEE and 20% for the MPT.

Final scores will be reported on a 400-point scale and a scaled score of 266 or greater is required to pass the examination.

Applicants must take and timely upload all sessions of the remote examination in order to be graded. Any applicant who does not take all sessions of the exam, or who fails to timely upload all examination and video files will be withdrawn from the examination and will not receive examination results.

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Is the October 2020 remote bar examination score portable?

The remote administration of the October 2020 examination for New Jersey bar admission is not the full Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) and, therefore, does not provide a portable UBE score.

However, Supreme Court order, dated July 15, 2020, authorizes the Board or Bar Examiners to work with other states to enter into agreements to provide limited portability of scores earned on the remote examination, wherever possible.  To date, New Jersey has entered into reciprocity agreements with Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont.

For full details of this Supreme Court order, dated July 15, 2020, click here.

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Does the administration of a remote bar examination have any impact on the character and fitness process?

No. Character and fitness inquiries will not be impacted by the administration of a remote bar examination.

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Is the remote bar examination being administered on Oct. 5th and 6th, 2020 a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)?

Although this remote bar examination is comprised of testing materials provided by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and tests the same substantive content as the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), it is not a full UBE and does not render a portable UBE score. 

However, Supreme Court order, dated July 15, 2020, directs the Board or Bar Examiners to work with other states to enter into an agreement to provide limited portability of scores earned on the remote examination, wherever possible.  To date, New Jersey has entered into reciprocity agreements with Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont.

For full details of Supreme Court order, dated July 15, 2020, click here.

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I was granted an ADA accommodation for additional time on the bar examination, will I receive additional time on the mock exams?

No.  None of the mock exams are graded.  They are intended to provide applicants with the opportunity to: 1) ensure their equipment is fully supported by ExamSoft, 2) practice with the software features and functionality, and 3) provide a system test.  As such, the time allotted for all mock exams will be the same for all applicants.  We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the full time provided in each of the mock exam sessions.

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Will I be provided a score and/or feedback on my responses to the Mock Exams?

No.  Mock exams are intended to provide applicants with the opportunity to: 1) ensure their equipment is fully supported by ExamSoft, 2) practice with the software features and functionality and 3) provide a system test.  

Therefore, the Board of Bar Examiners will not be scoring or providing feedback on your responses to the mock exams.  

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How will the July 2021 remote bar examination be graded and scored?

The July 2021 remote bar examination is a Uniform Bar Examination.  Therefore, the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions will be graded and that written score will be scaled to the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).

The components of the examination will be weighted as follows: 50% for the MBE, 30% for the MEE and 20% for the MPT.

Final scores will be reported on a 400-point scale and a scaled score of 266 or greater is required to pass the examination.

Applicants must take and timely upload all sessions of the remote examination in order to be graded. Any applicant who does not take all sessions of the exam, or who fails to timely upload all examination and video files will be withdrawn from the examination and will not receive examination results.

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Is the July 2021 remote bar examination score portable?

Yes, the remote administration of the July 2021 examination for New Jersey bar admission is a full Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) and, therefore, does provide a portable UBE score.

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Is the remote bar examination being administered on July 27-28, 2021 a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)?

Yes, it is a full Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and it does render a portable UBE score.  

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How do I transfer my October 2020 Remote Bar Examination score earned in another jurisdiction to New Jersey?

Pursuant to Supreme Court order, dated July 15, 2020, the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners entered into reciprocal agreements with several jurisdictions permitting the interstate portability of bar examination scores earned on the October 5th-6th, 2020 Remote Bar Examination.  Qualifying jurisdictions are listed on our website at: https://www.njbarexams.org/october-2020-remote-bar-exam-reciprocal-jurisdictions 

Pursuant to these agreements, qualifying reciprocal jurisdictions provided listings of earned scores (266 and higher) to the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners.  Do not contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) to request that your score be transferred to New Jersey.    

Rather, applicants wishing to transfer their October 2020 Remote Bar Examination score earned in one of those qualifying reciprocal jurisdictions, should use the existing UBE score transfer process and forms which currently appear on our website under “UBE Score Transfer Application.”  All requirements stated under that section with respect to a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) score transfer apply to the transportability of your score earned on the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination. 

Please note, for those seeking admission in New Jersey based on a score earned in a qualifying reciprocal jurisdiction, all other requirements for application and plenary admission to the bar, per Rule 1:24-1 (Qualifications and requirements for application) and Rule 1:27-1 (Plenary admission) must be met to qualify for admission to the New Jersey bar.

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How do I transfer my New Jersey October 2020 Remote Bar Examination score to another jurisdiction?

Pursuant to Supreme Court order, dated July 15, 2020, the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners entered into reciprocal agreements with several jurisdictions permitting the interstate portability of bar examination scores earned on the October 5th-6th, 2020 Remote Bar Examination.  To be eligible for admission to a reciprocal jurisdiction under these agreements, applicants must attain a passing score as set by the jurisdiction to which they wish to apply, meet all other eligibility requirements for admission set by that jurisdiction, and submit an application for admission as required by that jurisdiction. Qualifying jurisdictions are listed on our website at: https://www.njbarexams.org/october-2020-remote-bar-exam-reciprocal-jurisdictions 

Pursuant to these agreements, the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners has provided a listing of earned scores (266 and higher) to the reciprocal jurisdiction on your behalf.  Do not contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) to request that your score be transferred.   Instead, follow the application process required by the jurisdiction to which you wish to apply for admission by score transfer for the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination; the jurisdiction will have the score you earned on the exam.

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How long will it take to get admitted with a transferred score from the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination?

This will vary by file.  Once an applicant’s file is complete (all required documentation is submitted) the file will be reviewed by the Committee on Character.  This review will be completed as quickly as possible.  Incomplete files, regardless of the type of application (New Jersey bar examination, UBE score transfer, October 2020 Remote Bar Examination score transfer or admission on motion), will not be reviewed.

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How long does my October 2020 Remote Bar Examination score remain valid?

Score transfer periods are determined by each jurisdiction.  New Jersey will accept scores not older than 36 months from the date of the October 2020 Remote Bar Exam (October 5-6, 2020) to the date of a completed submitted application. 

Pursuant to Supreme Court order, dated July 15, 2020, the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners entered into reciprocal agreements with several jurisdictions permitting the interstate portability of bar examination scores earned on the October 5th-6th, 2020 Remote Bar Examination. Qualifying jurisdictions are listed on our website at: https://www.njbarexams.org/october-2020-remote-bar-exam-reciprocal-jurisdictions 

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If my score was not high enough for admission in the jurisdiction where I sat for the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination, may I still transfer my score to New Jersey?

Yes, if it meets the New Jersey score requirement of 266 or greater.  Applicants must meet all admission requirements, such as graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor, certification by the Committee on Character, and all other requirements of Rule 1:24-1 and Rule 1:27-1.

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I took the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination in another jurisdiction. May I transfer my score to New Jersey?

Yes, if you took the exam in one of the qualifying jurisdictions with which the Board of Bar Examiners has a reciprocal agreement.  Qualifying jurisdictions are listed on our website at: https://www.njbarexams.org/october-2020-remote-bar-exam-reciprocal-jurisdictions

Additionally, your score must meet the minimum required score of 266 and you must meet all other requirements, such as graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor, and all other requirements of Rule 1:24-1.  You will also need to meet, after application, all of the plenary admission requirements of Rule 1:27-1.  The score you earned in another qualifying jurisdiction will be valid no more than 36 months from the date you sat for the examination (October 5-6, 2020) for which the qualifying score was attained.

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ExamSoft/Examplify


What are Minimum Standard Requirements (MSRs) for download and use of Examplify for Windows and Mac devices?

The Minimum Standard Requirements (MSRs) for Windows are:

  • Operating System: 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • If you are using a Microsoft Surface device, please read thisarticle for important instructions on Windows 10 “S mode” versus the standard Windows 10.  S mode is not compatible with Examplify.
  • Only genuine versions of Windows Operating Systems are supported.
  • The versions of Windows 10 certified for use are 1909, 2004 and 20H2.
  • The English (United States) Language Pack must be installed.
  • ExamSoft does not support tablet devices other than Surface Pro as detailed above.
  • CPU Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel i3 processor or equivalent
  • RAM: 4GB or higher
  • Hard drive: highest recommended for the operating system or 4GB of available space.
  • For onsite support, and in order to back-up the answer files to a USB drive, a working USB port is required (Newer devices may require an adaptor).
  • For technical troubleshooting, account passwords including BitLocker keys, may be required.
  • Internet connection for download, registration, exam download, upload and some exam features. 
  • Examplify cannot be run within virtualized environments or environments that require persistent network (local or otherwise) connections during secure exams. This includes, but is not limited to, VMWare, Parallels, Citrix workspace, virtual disks, streamed images, etc.
  • Screen resolution should be at least 1024 x 768.
  • Administrator level account permissions (Instructions).


    For instructions on how to check your computer’s specifications, click
    here.

     

    The following requirements apply for exams with ExamID or ExamMonitor enabled:

  • Examplify version 2.5 or greater
  • Hard drive: 4GB or higher available space
  • RAM: 8GB or higher recommended; 4GB required
  • Webcam (no virtual cameras or phones as cameras)
  • Microphone (no headphones, no virtual mics)
  • Internet: 2.5 Mpbs upload speed

     

    PLEASE NOTE: You may not use any virtual camera or audio software with ExamID or ExamMonitor.

     

     

     The Minimum Standard Requirements (MSRs) for Mac are:

     

  • MacOS Catalina (version 10.15) is only compatible with Examplify version 2.0.6 or higher (Released on 10/14/19 or later)
  • MacOS Big Sur (version 11.0) is only compatible with Examplify version 2.5 or higher (Released on 11/13/20 or later)
  • Supported operating systems: OS X 10.14 (Mojave), macOS Catalina (10.15), macOS Big Sur (11.0). Only genuine versions of Mac operating systems are supported.
  • CPU: Intel processor. (Devices using Apple’s M1 chipset are not supported.)
  • RAM: 4GB or higher.
  • Hard Drive: 4GB or higher available space.
  • For onsite support, and in order to back-up the answer files to a USB drive, a working USB port is required (Newer devices may require an adaptor).
  • For technical troubleshooting, account passwords including device passwords may be required.
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported.
  • Internet connection for download, registration, exam download, upload and some exam features. 
  • Administrator level account permissions (Instructions).
  • Examplify cannot operate within virtualized environments or environments that require persistent network (local or otherwise) connections during secure exams. This includes, but is not limited to, VMWare, Parallels, Citrix workspace, virtual disks, streamed images, etc.

     

    For instructions on how to check your computer’s specifications, click here.

     

    NOTE: Mac devices using Apple’s new M1 chipset are not currently compatible with Examplify.

     

    The following requirements apply for exams with ExamID or ExamMonitor enabled:

  • Examplify version 2.5 or greater
  • Hard Drive: 4GB or higher available space.
  • RAM: 8GB or higher recommended; 4GB required
  • Webcam (no virtual cameras or phones as cameras)
  • Microphone (no headphones, no virtual mics)
  • Internet: 2.5 Mbps upload speed.

     

    PLEASE NOTE: You may not use any virtual camera or audio software with ExamID or ExamMonitor.

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What if my computer comes with a Virtual Camera or Virtual Camera Software installed to operate the installed camera on the device? ExamSoft does NOT support any Virtual Camera or Virtual Camera Software in any manner on any device. Back to TOP

May I use my iPad or tablet to take the remote exam? No, remotely proctored exams are NOT currently supported for iPad, Surface Pro or other tablets. Back to TOP

Do I need an internet connection during the exam? An internet connection is required prior to the download of exam files, which is done prior to exam day. On the day of the exam, you will also need internet access for a short time at the start of each exam session to obtain the exam password and once Examplify is launched, to take your identity verification photo. Once the photo step is complete, Examplify will lock down your device and block access to the internet. Once you have completed your exams, and internet access is restored, the upload of the answer and video monitoring files will begin. Back to TOP

Will I have to wait until the exam and monitoring files upload before starting the next session? No. Once the exam session is complete and your device reconnects to the internet, your exam and video monitoring files may begin to upload. If the files are not fully uploaded before the start of the next session, the upload will pause and will resume once an internet connection is re-established after the exam is completed. Back to TOP

Do I need high speed internet to upload the exam and monitor files? The minimum requirements for internet upload speed are 2.5 Mbps. The faster the internet speed, the faster the exam answer and monitoring files will upload. The monitoring file for a 90-minute exam session at a minimal speed should generally take around 15 minutes. Of course, if you have faster internet speed, the uploads will not take as long. Back to TOP

How do I verify that my exam files and ExamMonitor files have uploaded?

The Examplify dashboard lists the status of all available exams.

• “Pending Upload” will be listed if an exam is complete, but answer files and/or ExamMonitor files have not been uploaded.

• “Completed” will be listed once all answer and video uploads are successful.

Additional detail, including detailed screenshots, are available at https://examsoft.force.com/emcommunity/s/article/Examplify-with-ExamID-andExamMonitor

 

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What should I do if my computer freezes during the exam?

Technical issues during the exam are rare, but if your device freezes or you have a technical issue during an exam session, you should immediately take the following steps:

1. Do NOT attempt to exit from the exam as you will be unable to re-enter

2. To reboot the device, you must press and hold the power button of the device until the device is completely off. To confirm that the device is completely off, the screen backlight will be completely black and there will be no fan sounds emitting from the device itself

3. Wait five seconds, then restart the device by pushing the power button again

4. When Examplify restarts, it will return you to within 59 seconds or less of where you left off with your answer.

If this does not restart the exam session, you should immediately contact ExamSoft support at (888) 816-3065.

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Can I use an external camera and microphone? An external camera and microphone may be used if your device is not equipped with those items as long as it is not powered by virtual software. We recommend the use of built-in devices to prevent the accidental disconnection of external device during the exam or the incorrect device selection during the setup process. Back to TOP

How can I ensure that my camera is working correctly and recording my video? During the exam, you can click on the 'Monitoring' icon on the top middle of your screen to show you the video being captured. You will be asked to practice and confirm that you have done this during the mandatory mock exams. You should check that your camera is properly positioned and that you are fully in frame throughout the duration of the exam by taking this step at the start of each exam session. Back to TOP

What is ExamSoft's policy regarding collection of my data, including biometric data? The collection of biometric information through ExamID and ExamMonitor is governed by our privacy policy, available at https://examsoft.com/privacy-policy. Our proctoring partners are bound by this policy as well. Before any biometric information is collected from an applicant, the applicant is notified and must consent. The information is used only for the purpose of providing the services, is never sold, and retained as long as required to provide services, so long as the client’s account is maintained. Monitoring files sent to our proctoring partners are anonymized so that the applicant’s identity is unknown to the proctor. Back to TOP

How can ensure that my baseline image was captured correctly and that I will not have any issues verifying my identity on the exam day? You will be required to take two mandatory mock exams prior to exam day. These mock exams will help familiarize you with testing on the software. During the first mock exam, your baseline identity photo will be taken and approved by you. (Be sure to reference ExamSoft’s tips on appropriate lighting for taking a good baseline picture). At the start of the second mandatory mock exam, you will be asked to verify your identity. If you are not able to enter the exam because the of a problem with the verification process, you may contact ExamSoft support at (888) 816-3065 to assist so that this issue can be resolved prior to the day of the exam. Back to TOP

Is ExamSoft able to deliver 30,000 exams at one time? Through August 18, ExamSoft delivered more 982,000 proctored exams for 2020 alone. In June, ExamSoft successfully delivered approximately 167,000 synchronous, remotely proctored exams for a single high-stakes assessment across a diverse population and dispersed geographic location. Back to TOP

Do I need to disable my antivirus software to download Examplify?

Examplify is a desktop application used by over a million exam takers annually around the world, with updates released at different times throughout the year. Globally, there are hundreds of different anti-virus solutions, each of which releases frequent updates. In this evolving, dynamic environment, there is always risk that a specific anti-virus software could prevent Examplify from successfully operating as needed to deliver a secure exam.

To secure the device, Examplify closes most external applications when beginning a Secure exam. In order to provide a stable and secure user experience, the following commonly used Anti-Virus applications have been confirmed to have no known conflicts with Examplify, and are thus excluded from being automatically shut down at exam start.

• Ad-Aware anti-virus 

• Avast anti-virus 

• AVG anti-virus

• AVG Watch Dog anti-virus

• Avira anti-virus

• BitDefender anti-virus

• ESET anti-virus

• Kaspersky anti-virus

• McAfee anti-virus

• Microsoft Anti-Malware Service

• Microsoft Defender anti-virus

• Microsoft Security Essentials

• Norton anti-virus

• Norton 360

• Panda anti-virus

• Quick Heal anti-virus

• WebRoot anti-virus

While these vendors’ product implementations cause no known issues with Examplify operations, as these vendors are constantly updating their software, there is always risk that an update to any anti-virus solution could prevent Examplify from working effectively.

For this reason, we recommend that users stop their anti-virus prior to starting a secure exam and turning it back on once the exam is completed. If a user is uncomfortable shutting off anti-virus and is using one of the anti-virus solutions listed above, ExamSoft recommends that the user take a secure mock exam prior to any highstakes assessment to verify that there are no conflicts between Examplify and the antivirus software.

Any anti-virus applications not listed above will be automatically disabled when a secure exam begins. For users with anti-virus applications that are not included in this list, ExamSoft recommends restarting anti-virus upon exam completion, and/or migrating to one of the anti-virus solutions listed above.

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Will proctors reviewing the monitoring videos have access to my personal information? The encrypted video files sent to our proctoring partners do not include identifying information about you. You should ensure on exam day that no such information is visible in the background so that this information is not inadvertently available. Each proctor completes a rigorous background check and participates in hours of training, certification, peer reviews and auditing. Additionally, they are trained to be neutral and objective in feedback. Back to TOP

What types of behavior will be flagged by Artificial Intelligence and during the review by proctors? The artificial intelligence scan will note eye gaze, head movement, hand gestures, ear buds or headphones, speaking, background noise, other objects in the room, and other anomalies. The video is also reviewed by human proctor or proctors to document issues that should be reviewed further by the bar examiners, who are the decision-makers on all flagged incidents. Back to TOP

COVID-19 Crisis


Will I be eligible to sit for the bar exam if my law school changed to pass/fail grading during the COVID-19 crisis?

Yes. Rule 1:24-1 requires that the applicant is awarded a JD from ABA-approved law school.

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Will the Board of Bar Examiners accept an electronically-signed Non-Standard Testing Application (NTA) Certificate of Law School Official? Yes.  the Board of Bar Examiners is accepting electronically-signed Non-Standard Testing Application (NTA) Certificates of Law School Official on a temporary basis and until further notice.  In this case, the law school must email the electronically signed NTA Certificate of Law School Official to the applicant, then the applicant should upload the email and certificate to the accommodations mailbox at: barada.mailbox@njcourts.gov  Back to TOP

In lieu of a notarized copy of bar application documents, what language may I use as an affirmation that the content of such documents is true and correct? The Supreme Court order, dated April 6, 2020, provides that: “Effective immediately and until further order of the Court, the requirement that bar applicants submit a notarized copy of the bar application and accompanying documents is relaxed. . .”  In accordance with the order, your affidavit / certification, must be dated and immediately preceding your signature, you must state: “I certify that the foregoing statements made by me are true. I am aware that if any of the foregoing statements made by me are willfully false, I am subject to punishment.” Back to TOP

May I practice law between my 2020 graduation and when I pass the New Jersey bar exam? On a temporary basis, the Supreme Court has relaxed and expanded Rule 1:21-3 such that 2020 graduates of accredited law schools who have not previously taken the bar examination may temporarily practice law under supervision of a licensed attorney who has been licensed to practice for at least three years.  2020 graduates must submit payment of the applicable fee and all materials required for review and certification by the Board and the Committee on Character, no later than the final deadline of June 5th.  2020 graduates must be certified by the Committee on Character before they are authorized to practice under supervision under this order.  
For full details and requirements, under this Supreme Court order, dated April 6, 2020, click here.
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How do I submit my Roll of Attorneys (oath form) during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You may not send your Oath Form to the Board of Bar Examiners via fax or e-mail and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to accept personal delivery of the form at our office. 

Pursuant to Rule 1:27-1 (c), submission of your original Roll of Attorneys (oath form) is required within 30-days of taking the attorney’s oath. 

Currently, our service window is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we ask that you mail the form to us. 

To ensure that you meet your 30-day obligation under Rule 1:27-1 (c) in a timely manner, it is strongly recommended that you file the completed oath form with the Board of Bar Examiners by sending it via Certified Mail or Overnight Messenger Service (i.e., any service that will provide you with a delivery receipt) within one week of your taking the oath.

For US Postal Service:

Secretary, Board of Bar Examiners

P.O. Box 973

Trenton, NJ 08625

For Overnight Delivery (not USPS):

Secretary, Board of Bar Examiners

Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, 8th Floor, North Wing

25 W. Market St

Trenton, NJ 08611

Please be sure to make and retain a copy for your records.

If you are interested in admission to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, go to https://www.njd.uscourts.gov/ for more information.

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What if my law school ethics course is graded on a pass/fail basis during the COVID-19 crisis, rather than on a letter grading scale? Rule 1:27-1(a)(3) only requires “passage” of a course.  It does not mandate a “C,” although in a letter-based grading system that would have been the requirement.  Given the transition to pass/fail, a “passage” would satisfy the rule. Back to TOP

Do you accept electronic signatures of notaries on bar application documents? Yes.  On a temporary basis and until further notice, the Board of Bar Examiners is accepting electronic signatures of notaries.  The Supreme Court order, dated April 6, 2020, provides that: “Effective immediately, and until further order of the Court, the requirement that bar applicants submit a notarized copy of the bar application and accompanying documents is relaxed. . . Those documents may be signed electronically as previously authorized by the Court.”   Back to TOP

Are you relaxing your requirements with respect to documentation submitted from law schools in connection with bar admission applications? Do you accept an electronic signature, in lieu of an original signature? Yes.  We are accepting electronic signatures, in lieu of an original signature on a temporary basis and until further notice. Back to TOP

I am having difficulty getting my bar application documents notarized due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What do you accept?

The Supreme Court order, dated April 6, 2020, provides that: “Effective immediately, and until further order of the Court, the requirement that bar applicants submit a notarized copy of the bar application and accompanying documents is relaxed.  Instead, applicants may submit an affirmation that the contents are true and correct, provided that the affidavit or certification in lieu of oath conforms to Rule 1:4-4.  Those documents may be signed electronically as previously authorized by the Court.”  

Therefore, on a temporary basis and until further notice the following fulfill the Board of Bar Examiners’ notary requirements.  You may submit:

Document manually signed and dated by notary with notary seal, or

Document electronically signed and dated by a notary; no additional clarifying statement indicating that the document was electronically signed by the notary is required, or 

Your affirmation that the content of such document(s) is true and correct.  In accordance with the order, your affidavit / certification, must be dated and immediately preceding your signature, you must state: “I certify that the foregoing statements made by me are true. I am aware that if any of the foregoing statements made by me are willfully false, I am subject to punishment.”

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Are you accepting electronic signatures on Certificates of Good Standing? As a temporary measure during the COVID-19 crisis, we are accepting electronically-signed Certificates of Good Standing.  In such cases, the applicant must have the electronically-signed Certificate of Good Standing emailed to them from the jurisdiction and then the applicant must upload it to their Home Page. Back to TOP

Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)


What is the Uniform Bar Examination?

The UBE is a standardized test of minimum competency designed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).  The test is comprised of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).  Applicants must take all portions of the UBE in the UBE jurisdiction in order to earn a portable UBE score.
 

The UBE tests general principles of law, legal analysis and communication skills. UBE jurisdictions administer the same examination and follow the same grading policies, which allows the scores to be transferred from one UBE jurisdiction to another.  Each UBE jurisdiction determines its own specific requirements for admission, including the minimum passing score on the UBE, in order to be considered for admission.

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When did New Jersey begin administering the UBE?


New Jersey administered its first UBE examination in February 2017.

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I am taking the UBE in another UBE jurisdiction. Can I transfer my score to New Jersey?

The UBE score must have been earned (based on the last day of the month of the examination) no more than 36 months prior to submitting a completed application to New Jersey.  The score must meet or exceed New Jersey’s cut score of 266 in order to be accepted.  Do not apply without a UBE score of 266 or greater.  You must meet all other requirements for application and admission, such as having earned a Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school.  Do not apply if you do not meet all requirements.
 

A completed application consists of submission of the online character and fitness questionnaire, the one page signed and notarized application form (uploaded), the one page signed and notarized application form (uploaded) and payment, which can be made by credit card, money order, or cashier’s check.
 

The UBE score transfer should be requested as soon as a UBE application is submitted but no later than 30 days after submitting a completed application.  Law school certificates and all other standard application documents (see UBE Application Checklist at njbarexams.org under UBE Information) should be submitted as soon as possible but must be submitted within 90 days of submitting a completed application.  Supplemental documents, such as police or court records, must also be submitted within 90 days of submitting a completed application.  Applicants will not be considered for admission until all documentation has been received.

Once your file is complete, it will be submitted to the Committee on Character for review.  Please refer to the Committee on Character Regulations for more information.

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What UBE score is required to apply for admission in New Jersey?

New Jersey requires a UBE score of 266 or greater.

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How do I transfer my UBE score to or from New Jersey?


The National Conference of Bar Examiners is responsible for UBE score transfers.  The website is ncbex.org.  Select NCBE EXAMS, UBE, and Scores.  Select UBE Score Services for information on how to transfer your UBE score from one jurisdiction to another.  At this time the transfer fee is $25 but the NCBE may change this at any time.  Please contact the NCBE for the most up to date fee amount.

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How long will it take to get admitted with a transferred UBE score?

This will vary by file.  Once a file is complete (all required documentation is submitted) the file will be reviewed by the Committee on Character.  This review will be completed as quickly as possible.  Incomplete files, regardless of the type of application (New Jersey bar examination, UBE score transfer or admission on motion), will not be reviewed.

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How long does my UBE score remain valid?


UBE score transfer periods are determined by each jurisdiction.  New Jersey will accept scores not older than 36 months from the date of the UBE exam for which the score is being transferred to the date of a completed submitted application.  UBE score transfer applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2016.

PLEASE NOTE - the jurisdiction must have already been a UBE jurisdiction when you took the examination in that jurisdiction for you to have earned a portable UBE score.  For example, if a jurisdiction adopts the UBE in July 2016 and you took the examination in that jurisdiction in July 2015, you DID NOT earn a transferrable UBE score in that jurisdiction.

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If my score was not high enough for admission in the jurisdiction where I sat for the UBE, can I still transfer my score to New Jersey?

Yes, if it meets the New Jersey requirement of 266 or greater.  Applicants must meet all admission requirements, such as graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor, certification by the Committee on Character, and all other requirements of Rule 1:24 and Rule 1:27.

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I am taking/took the UBE in another UBE jurisdiction. Can I transfer my score to New Jersey?

Yes, if your score meets the minimum required score of 266 and you meet all other requirements, such as graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor, and all other requirements of Rule 1:24-1.  You will also need to meet, after application, all of the plenary admission requirements of Rule 1:27.  The UBE score you earned in another UBE jurisdiction will be valid for 36 months from the examination for which you earned the qualifying UBE score.

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I planned on taking the Pennsylvania (or another state) and New Jersey bar examinations concurrently. Can I still do that?


No, the New Jersey Uniform Bar Examination is given on Tuesday and Wednesday so applicants can no longer test in two jurisdictions concurrently.

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I am admitted in another UBE jurisdiction that did not require a Juris Doctor from an American Bar accredited law school. Can I transfer my score to New Jersey?


No, applicants must meet all New Jersey requirements in Rule 1:24 and Rule 1:27 even if they are admitted or qualify in another jurisdiction.

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I sat in a jurisdiction that administered all components of the UBE – MEE, MPT and MBE but isn’t a UBE state. Can I transfer my score from that jurisdiction to New Jersey?


No.  Although some jurisdictions administer all portions of the UBE, unless they are UBE states, they are not required to conform to certain grading, administration and scoring standards and therefore are not UBE jurisdictions and the scores cannot be transferred.

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ADA Applications


What do I need to provide in order to apply for a testing accommodation?

In addition to the standard application forms, applicants seeking non-standard testing accommodations for the New Jersey bar examination must complete: 1) the Non-Standard Testing Accommodations (NTA) Application form (required for all NTA applicants); 2) the NTA Certificate of Medical or Psychological Authority form (not required if you are requesting the same accommodations as previously granted by the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners within the last three years); 3) the NTA Certificate of Law School Official (not required if you submitted one for a previous exam); and 4) the NTA Authorization and Release form (required for all NTA applicants).

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Can I apply for testing accommodations for non-ADA related medical situations such as breastfeeding?

While breastfeeding is not generally considered an ADA accommodation, nursing applicants can do one of two things.  Applicants who wish to test at a non-ADA site can complete the medical authorization form available online a couple of weeks prior to the exam and bring equipment and a cooler to the primary sites (it will not be allowed in the testing room but can be kept outside the room for ready access at lunch time).  Applicants may also complete the Non-ADA Accommodations Request Form available under the Exam Forms tab and will typically receive a semi-private room along with a proctored non-testing room for pumping and a refrigerator or space to store a cooler.

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Admitted Attorneys


My license has been administratively revoked. How can I get my license reinstated?

The May 30, 2008, Notice to the Bar can be found here.

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How do I get information on Continuing Legal Education?

You can find the Notice to the Bar dated January 27, 2010 here.

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How do I resign without prejudice?

http://njcourts.gov/attorneys/oaefaq.html

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I have a question about Continuing Legal Education. Who can I contact?

To contact the Board on Continuing Legal Education, call 609-815-2930 or see http://www.njcourts.gov/attorneys/attcle.html 

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I have been admitted to the NJ bar and I am applying for admission to another state. How do I get a letter from the NJ grievance committee stating that no charges have been filed against me?

The Office of Attorney Ethics issues these letters.  You must request the letter in writing to: The Office of Attorney Ethics, PO Box 963, Trenton, NJ 08625-0963. Include your name, date of birth, social security number, date of admission to the N.J. State Bar, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. There is no cost for this service. Allow 2 to 3 weeks. The hotline does not answer inquiries about certificates of ethical conduct.

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What else is required for admission in New Jersey with a transferred UBE score?

Applicants seeking admission in New Jersey must fulfill ALL other application and admission requirements, such as proof of graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor, certification by the Committee on Character, and all other requirements of Rule 1:24 and Rule 1:27.

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How do I obtain the forms for a name change?

NAMES CHANGES:  Complete the Name Change form and return it to the address provided.  If you require a new wall license with your new name, please complete and submit the Request for Wall License form, along with a certified check or money order for $40 made payable to Secretary, New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners.

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How do I obtain the forms for an address change?

Please submit your changes on-line through the Attorney Registration page or in writing to the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.  They will accept address changes by mail at PO Box 961, Trenton, NJ  08625-0961 or by fax at 609-394-3637.

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How do I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing?

From the download menu, you will find the Certificate of Good Standing Request Form and appropriate instructions.

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How do I apply for a wall license after being admitted to the New Jersey Bar?

Newly admitted attorneys will receive a wall license order form with their admission materials.  If you did not initially order a wall license when you were admitted, you may order one by completing the Request for Wall License form and sending it to the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners, P.O. Box 973, Trenton NJ 08625-0973.  Be sure to include a check or money order for $40 payable to the Secretary, New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners.  NOTE:  Wall licenses can take three to four months to be produced.  If you have not received yours after four months please contact bar.mailbox@njcourts.gov for a status update.

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Does New Jersey have reciprocity with any other jurisdiction (out-of-state attorneys only)?

Yes, Effective September 1, 2016, New Jersey adopted Admission by Motion for out-of-state attorneys from states with which New Jersey has reciprocity. Please refer to Application Forms under Admission by Motion on the website. 

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I am administratively ineligible to practice law in New Jersey because I am not current with my obligations to the Lawyers Fund for Client Protection. How do I become eligible to practice in New Jersey?

You must contact the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection at 855-533-3863 to discuss your fees.

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Application


When will the bar exam results be released?

For the October 2020 remote bar exam, the Board of Bar Examiners seeks to release the grades at the end of December.  For the February exam, The Board of Bar Examiners seeks to release the grades by May 15th.   For the July exam, we seek to release the grades by November 15th.  These are not, however, firm dates.  Results will be posted to your User Home Page.  A list of successful candidates will be posted on our website 48 to 72 hours after they are posted to User Home Pages.

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What are the requirements for an uploaded photo?

You are required to upload a recent photo prior to submission of your application that is at least 300 pixels by 300 pixels and be a .png, .jpg, or .jpeg file. The photo must also meet the following requirements: 

The photo must be high resolution.
The photo must have appropriate brightness and contrast.
The photo must be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows.
The photo must be taken with uniform lighting and not show flash reflections.
Eyes

The photo must show you looking directly at the camera.
The photo must show your eyes open and clearly visible.
The photo must show you with no hair across your eyes.
The photo must show you with no red eyes.
Orientation

The photo must show you facing square on to the camera.
Background

The photo must be taken with a plain light-coloured background.
The photo must show you alone.
Glasses

The photo must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection.
The photo must show your eyes clearly with no tinted lenses.
Expression

The photo must show you with a neutral expression.
The photo must show you with the mouth closed.

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What types of application require an uploaded photo?

Only applicants for admission by examination are required to upload a photo.

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My Photo is "Expired." How do I upload a new photo?

If your photo is over 6 months old, or your appearance has changed you are required to upload a new photo taken within the last 6 months that reflects your current appearance. To do so, click the "Personal Info" link in the upper right corner of your user home page. The "Upload New Photo" button is located below the "Place of Birth" field.

Please submit a Technical Support Request, found at the bottom of the screen, if you have any issues uploading your photo.

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What are the requirements to sit for the New Jersey Bar Examination?

Candidates must: (1) be at least 18 years of age, (2) have graduated with a JD or LLB Degree from an ABA Accredited Law School (LLM Degree is not acceptable), and (3) be in good standing in all jurisdictions to which they have been admitted to the bar.

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Are MPRE scores transferable?

MPRE scores are transferable.  You must arrange to have your scores transferred to New Jersey.  Scaled scores of 75 or higher meet our requirement.  Note, if you have taken a Professional Responsibility Ethics Class in law school, and have passed with a grade of a “C” or better, you do not have to take the MPRE.

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Can I use an MBE score from a previous exam?

No. New Jersey first implemented the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) with the February 2017 exam.  The UBE is a standardized test of minimum competency designed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).  The test is comprised of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).  Applicants must take all portions of the UBE in the UBE jurisdiction in order to earn a portable UBE score. 

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Are bar examination fees refundable?

Although the examination fees are nonrefundable, the Supreme Court will consider a petition to carryover bar examination fees due to extenuating circumstances. Such petitions must be in the form of an affidavit or certification and must be accompanied by supporting documentation.

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Certified Statement of Character


How long are fingerprint cards good for and who is authorized to fingerprint me?

Applicants must submit to a criminal history check through the fingerprinting process.  Fingerprints are submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Jersey State Police, who perform a records check.  Fingerprint submissions are required for each exam taken.  By federal and state laws, fingerprints taken by another New Jersey agency or another jurisdiction may not be used for the bar examination.  Onlya  alaw enforcement agency is authorized to take fingerprints.

 

You cannot be printed until you receive a Case Contributer's Number.  If you are printed before receiving this information in your Acknowledgement Packet, you will have to be reprinted and pay the fee again.

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The application requires me to get abstracts of my driving record for the past seven years. The state in which I am licensed provides only a three-year abstract. How do I comply with New Jerseys requirement?

The Board of Bar Examiners requires a “Complete Certified Abstract” for every jurisdiction in which you have held a driver’s license during the past seven years.   This does not mean that the abstract has to be for seven years.  Your request to Motor Vehicles must, however, state that you require a “complete certified abstract.”

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My student loans have been consolidated. Do I need to list them individually or may I just list the consolidated lender?

List just the lender with whom you have consolidated your loans.  Note: this applies to applicants who have overdue amounts on their student loans.

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I held a summer position several years ago but cannot remember my supervisor's name, may I leave it blank?

If you have done your best to fill in all information, you may write in “do not recall.”

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General Questions


Does New Jersey have reciprocity with any other jurisdiction (out-of-state attorneys only)?

Yes, Effective September 1, 2016, New Jersey adopted Admission by Motion for out-of-state attorneys from states with which New Jersey has reciprocity only. Please refer to Application Forms under Admission by Motion on the website. 

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How do I petition the Supreme Court?

Instructions for petitioning the Supreme Court can be found here.

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In-House Counsel


I am no longer employed by the company I listed on my application. Whom do I notify?

You must notify the Board of Bar Examiners within 90 days of termination of employment. If you are employed by another company, please complete the Change of Employer form located on our website. Your admission will expire if you are not employed by another company within one year of termination of employment and another application must be filed if you are subsequently hired by another company as an in-house attorney.

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The application requires me to get abstracts of my driving record for the past seven years. The state in which I am licensed provides only a three-year abstract. How do I comply with New Jerseys requirement?

The Board of Bar Examiners requires a “Complete Certified Abstract” for every jurisdiction in which you have held a driver’s license during the past seven years. This does not mean that the abstract has to be for seven years. Your request to Motor Vehicles must however, state that you require a “complete certified abstract.” The State of New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles requires a written request to obtain a complete abstract.

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I am admitted to several states and federal courts. Do I need to file Certificates of Good Standing from each of them?

You must file a Certificate of Good Standing from every jurisdiction, state and federal, to which you have ever been admitted.  If you have officially been granted inactive status, the jurisdiction should supply confirmation of the recognized status.  If you have ceased paying dues or have allowed your license to lapse, you will have to regularize your status in the jurisdiction so that proper certification can be submitted.

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The application requires me to submit letters of disciplinary history. What if that jurisdiction does not have disciplinary authorities?

If the jurisdiction does not have disciplinary authorities, i.e., federal jurisdictions and agencies no documentation is required from them.  It is expected that if you have been disciplined by such jurisdiction or agency, full disclosure is expected to be made.

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I am admitted in New Jersey working as in-house counsel. I am administrative ineligible because I have not kept up with my annual dues. What must I do to continue as in-house counsel?

You must be current with your annual dues.  The fees must be paid to the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection immediately.

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I have had a number of civil and administrative suits filed against the business entity I am employed. Do I have to submit the documentation?

If there was a judgment of liability against the you personally or in your official capacity as an officer or principal of the business entity, the matter must be disclosed and the relevant documents attached.  If you were not personally sued and named only in the capacity of an officer or an employee of the company and no judgment of liability issued against you, the suit need not be disclosed and documents do not need to be attached.

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What kind of professional references are needed in the application?

Professional references from New Jersey for those who have been employed in the state for a number of years, as opposed to jurisdictions in which you have been admitted but had limited or no professional contact.  You need not present references from overlapping jurisdictions, for example from each department in New York and the Eastern District.

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I am a patent attorney at a corporation. Do I have to apply for in-house counsel?

Because patent attorneys are federally regulated, you do not have to apply for in-house counsel licensure, unless you do other contractual work that would require a state license.

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Can foreign attorneys apply for In-House Counsel?

Attorneys must be admitted to practice law before the highest court of an United States jurisdiction, such as any other state, territory of the United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia, in order to apply for In-House Counsel licensure.

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How do I obtain the forms for name changes?

Complete the Name Change form and return it to the address provided. If you require a new wall license with your new name, please complete and submit the Request for Wall License form, along with a certified check or money order for $40 made payable to Secretary, New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners.

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How do I notify you with a change of address?

Complete the Address Change form and return it to the address provided.

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How do I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from New Jersey once I am admitted?

On admission, all in-house counsel will receive a Certificate of Good Standing. If you need an additional Certificate, click here for a Certificate of Good Standing Request Form and appropriate instructions.

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