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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 by this remote bar examination?
- What is the format of the remote bar examination?
- What is the schedule for the October 2020 remote 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 October 2020 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?
- 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 take the mandatory mock exams on the dates specified by the Board of Bar Examiners? May I still sit for the October 2020 remote exam?
- How will the remote examination be graded and scored?
- When will results be available?
- If I fail the October remote exam will I be permitted to apply for the February 2021 examination?
- I applied to sit for the bar examination in another jurisdiction and they just cancelled their examination. May I register to sit for the New Jersey October 5-6th remote examination?
- Is the remote bar examination score portable?
- Does the administration of a remote bar examination have any impact on the character and fitness process?
- I already submitted my September 2020 bar examination application and paid the application fee. I want to take the October 2020 remote bar examination. What do I do?
- I already applied for the Laptop Program for the September 2020 bar examination and I want to take the October 2020 remote bar examination. What do I do?
- I already submitted my September 2020 bar examination application and paid the application fee, but I do not want to take the October 2020 remote bar examination. What do I do?
- I am interested in taking the October 2020 remote bar examination. Do you have any other requirements in addition to the specified computer requirements?
- 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?

ExamSoft/Examplify


- What are Minimum System requirements 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 There Be a July 2020 Exam?
- Is the application deadline for the July 2020 bar examination extended? Will I have to pay late fees?
- Will the Board of Bar Examiners accept an electronically-signed Non-Standard Testing Application (NTA) Certificate of Law School Official?
- I already started my application for the July 2020 bar examination, but I did not submit it. What do I do?
- 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?
- Do you accept electronic signatures of notaries on bar application documents?
- 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?
- I already submitted my July 2020 bar examination application and paid the application fee. I want to sit for the Fall 2020 examination. What do I do?
- 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 applied for the New Jersey July 2020 bar examination and paid the application fee, but I need to request a deferment to the next available administration of the New Jersey bar examination (e.g., February 2021) based on a personal hardship. What do I do?
- 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?
- I already submitted my July 2020 bar examination application and paid the application fee, but I want to withdraw my application. What do I do?
- Will my July 2020 bar examination fee be refunded if I do not plan on ever sitting for the New Jersey bar examination?

Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)


- What is the Uniform Bar Examination?
- When will New Jersey begin administering the UBE?
- What is the UBE testing schedule?
- 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 resign without prejudice?
- How do I get information on Continuing Legal Education?
- 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


- Can I type the essay answers?
- When will I receive my site assignments?
- When will the bar exam results be released?
- What are the requirements for an uploaded photo?
- What types of application require an uploaded photo?
- What are the requirements to sit for the New Jersey Bar Examination?
- My Photo is "Expired." How do I upload a new photo?
- 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)?
- What are the dates for future exams?
- 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 by this remote bar examination?

The content tested on the October 2020 remote exam will be the same as the content of the Uniform Bar Exam. You should study the same topic areas that you would if you were preparing to take the UBE.

The remove exam will consist of:

  • One Multistate Performance Test (MPT) item,
  • Three Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) questions, and
  • 100 Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) questions divided into two, 50-question sets.
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What is the format of the remote bar examination?

The remote exam will consist of four 90-minute test sessions administered over two days on October 5 and 6, 2020. There will be a thirty (30) minute break between sessions on each day of the exam.

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

On October 5, 2020, one 90-minute session will consist of one Multistate Performance Test (MPT) item and the other 90-minute session will consist of three Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) questions.

On October 6, 2020, each of the two 90-minute sessions will consist of 50 Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) questions.

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What is the schedule for the October 2020 remote exam?

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

Monday, October 5, 2020:

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (ET) MPT

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (ET) MEE

Tuesday, October 6, 2020:

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (ET) MBE

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (ET) MBE

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 scratch paper, please see below for the answer to: 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 October.

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Will I be permitted to use scratch paper?

Applicants may use scratch paper (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 October 2020 remote exam?

The October 2020 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.

By now, applicants should have received 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 opened on September 1, 2020 and will close on September 18, 2020.

Downloading the Exam Files: After September 18, 2020 and 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 no 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://bar.examsoft.com/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.

If you need assistance, contact ExamSoft Technical Support at:

International: 1-954-429-8889
Toll-Free: 866-429-8889

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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 withing 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 note paper 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 toL

  • 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 once 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 October 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?

All technical questions concerning the software should be directed to ExamSoft at:

International: 1-954-429-8889

Toll-Free: 888-816-3065 or

                866-429-8889

On exam day, ExamSoft will also have live online chat assistance, which will be accessible until the applicant enters the exam session.

On exam day, should an applicant experience a technical issue before or during the exam the applicant may use their cell phone within the testing area to call technical support. The applicant must stay within camera view until the technical support call ends. Once the call is ended, the applicant must turn the phone off and place it under the chair.

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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 are two mock exams available through Examplify, Mock Exam 1 and Mock Exam 2.

All applicants will be required to take both mock exams. Mock Exam 2 may be taken no more than twice.

The Board of Bar Examiners has advised applicants to:

1. Take Mock Exam 1, at your convenience, between September 1 and September 8 and 
2. Take Mock Exam 2 on September 8 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, or as close in proximity to that time as possible.

The Board encourages all applicants to complete the mock exams in strict conformity with the schedule detailed above.  However, in the event of a scheduling issue, applicants can complete and upload the mandatory mock exams noted above (i.e., Mock Exam 1 and Mock Exam 2) on an altered schedule, provided they do so by no later than September 18, 2020.

Lastly, in addition, the Board of Bar Examiners is conducting a third mock test session (using Mock Exam 2 again) on September 21 st.  More details will be provided.

These mock exams 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.

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

During Mock Exam 1, applicants will establish their baseline photo ID that will be used for exam day. Applicants will also have the opportunity to practice all of the features of the software including the virtual scratch paper “Notes Section” and highlighting features.

Mock Exam 2 will contain practice questions and applicants may practice using all of the software features with exam questions.

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What if I am unable to take the mandatory mock exams on the dates specified by the Board of Bar Examiners? May I still sit for the October 2020 remote exam?

Yes, as long as you take Mock Exam 1 and Mock Exam 2 no later than September 18, 2020.

Please note: Mock Exam 2 may not be taken more than twice.

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How will the remote examination be graded and scored?

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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When will results be available?

The Board of Bar Examiners expects to release the results of the 2020 Remote Bar Examination exam by the end of December.

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If I fail the October remote exam will I be permitted to apply for the February 2021 examination?

Yes. Applicants who are not successful on the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination will be permitted to apply for the February 2021 examination.

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I applied to sit for the bar examination in another jurisdiction and they just cancelled their examination. May I register to sit for the New Jersey October 5-6th remote examination?

Although we understand and empathize with the challenges many bar examination applicants are facing in finding exam space, we are not re-opening our registration to accept new applications for the October 5-6 remote examination. 

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Is the 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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I already submitted my September 2020 bar examination application and paid the application fee. I want to take the October 2020 remote bar examination. What do I do?

You do not need to take any further action with respect to your application to sit for the examination.  Your application and fee will be accepted for the October 2020 remote bar examination registration. However, if you have applied for the Laptop Program, please see the FAQ entitled, “I already applied for the Laptop Program for the September 2020 bar examination.  What do I do?” (below).

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I already applied for the Laptop Program for the September 2020 bar examination and I want to take the October 2020 remote bar examination. What do I do?

If you already applied for the Laptop Program for the September 2020 examination and you wish to take the October 2020 remote bar examination, you will need to re-register for the new Laptop Program through our designated vendor.  Deadlines and instructions will be provided to you at a later date.

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I already submitted my September 2020 bar examination application and paid the application fee, but I do not want to take the October 2020 remote bar examination. What do I do?

If you already submitted your September 2020 bar examination application and paid the application fee, but you do not want to take the October 2020 remote bar examination, you will need to complete the “October 2020 Remote Bar Examination Opt-Out Form.” 

When completing the form. You may request that your application be: 

  • Withdrawn and that your application fee be refunded, OR
  • Deferred and that your application fee be carried over to the next administration of an in-person examination (i.e. February 2021). 

Applicants must submit the form via e-mail to:  Opt-Out.Mailbox@njcourts.gov no later than Friday, August 14, 2020.  Please be advised that once you submit this form, the Board of Bar Examiners will deem your decision final.

The October 2020 Remote Bar Examination Opt-Out” form can be found under the “Other Forms” tab. 

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I am interested in taking the October 2020 remote bar examination. Do you have any other requirements in addition to the specified computer requirements?

Applicants taking the October 2020 remote bar examination must meet all of the following additional requirements:

  • Applicants will be required to affirm that they do not, and will not, plan to sit for any other jurisdiction's bar examination administration in July, September, or October 2020 during which the NCBE tests are used.
  • If an applicant sits, or plans to sit, for any other jurisdiction’s bar examination administration in July, September, or October 2020 during which the NCBE tests are used, they will be prohibited from participating in the New Jersey October 2020 remote bar examination.
  • Applicants will be required to review and agree to NCBE’s Notices prior to the testing session in order for them to proceed with testing.  The Notice, in advance of testing, will be available through New Jersey’s vendor’s process before each exam session.  One Notice states that the test materials are owned by NCBE and are protected by U.S. copyright law.  The second notice states:
    • “Testing data, including personally identifiable information, test responses, test performance data such as keystrokes and time spent on each item, and misconduct and other reports, will be shared with NCBE for statistical, research and other purposes including for enforcement of NCBE’s copyright of test materials and test security. Data will be held by NCBE in accordance with the NCBE Privacy Policy posted on the NCBE website (http://www.ncbex.org/privacy-policy/). After the test administration, NCBE may contact you via email to participate in a survey.”
    • “In the unlikely event that any error or mistake occurs in test administration, delivery, scoring, or score reporting, a remedy, if any, will be determined and provided at the sole discretion and under the exclusive authority of the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners. NCBE is not responsible for any errors or mistakes that occur relating to test registration, test administration or delivery, the scoring of any tests, and/or the reporting of test scores.”
  • Applicants are not be permitted to have access to paper or writing utensils to make any notes. For the MPT/MEE, the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners’ vendor will provide a text box to track any notes applicants may want to write while reading the question. 
  • Applicants are advised that none of the testing sessions are considered “open book” or “open resource.”
  • Applicants are not permitted to give or receive assistance from others.
  • Applicants are not permitted access to any electronic communication or recording devices of any kind during a testing session, other than the computer on which the applicant is taking the test, devices required by the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners or its vendor to remotely proctor the applicant, or New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners’ approved auxiliary aids for accommodated applicants.
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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 a reciprocity agreement with Massachusetts.

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.  Mock Exam 1 and Mock Exam 2 are not graded exams.  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 Mock Exam 1 (30 minutes) and Mock Exam 2 (90 minutes) will be the same for all applicants.  Applicants may choose to use the entire time allotted, or they may use only a portion of the time; it is their choice.

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

No, the Board of Bar Examiners will not be scoring or providing feedback on your responses to the mock exams. 

Mock Exam 1 and Mock Exam 2 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 Mock Exam 1 (30 minutes) and Mock Exam 2 (90 minutes) will be the same for all applicants.  Applicants may choose to use the entire time allotted, or they may use only a portion of the time; it is their choice.  Rather, Mock Exam 1 and Mock Exam 2 are not intended to assess an applicant’s ability to identify legal issues in a statement of facts, such as may be encountered in the practice of law, to engage in a reasoned analysis of the issues, and to arrive at a logical solution by the application of fundamental legal principles in a manner which demonstrates a thorough understanding of these principles. 

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ExamSoft/Examplify


What are Minimum System requirements for Windows and Mac devices?

Examplify can be used on most modern computers purchased within the last few years. Currently, only Mac computers and Windows PCs are supported for Bar exams. Examplify will not run on Chrome, Android, or Linux operating systems. For remote exams with ExamID and ExamMonitor, a webcam and microphone that do not use virtual software to operate are required.

Windows: https://examsoft.force.com/emcommunity/s/article/Examplify-MinimumSystem-Requirements-for-Windows

Mac OS: https://examsoft.force.com/emcommunity/s/article/Examplify-MinimumSystem-Requirements-for-Mac-OS-X

Apple has announced that hardware releases due later this year will utilize Apple silicon microprocessors. If released prior to the October Bar Exams, these specific Apple devices will not be supported by Examplify. You can verify whether your device meets the minimum standard requirements when you complete the mandatory mock exams.

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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 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 speed are 2Mpbs. 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 accident 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 There Be a July 2020 Exam? We are continuing to accept applications for the July exam, but a definitive decision will depend on CDC and state restrictions in place at that time. We are doing what we can to ensure there will be an opportunity to take the bar exam in 2020. We are monitoring the situation daily. Back to TOP

Is the application deadline for the July 2020 bar examination extended? Will I have to pay late fees? The deadline for filing an application for the July 2020 bar examination is extended through April 30, and no late fees will apply to an application filed before that date.  The Board of Bar Examiners continues to monitor the situation and will provide further updates regarding the July 2020 exam. Back to TOP

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

I already started my application for the July 2020 bar examination, but I did not submit it. What do I do? If you started your July 2020 bar examination application but have not yet submitted it and you want to sit for the Fall 2020 examination, simply continue completing your application and submit it. 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 deliver 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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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

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

I already submitted my July 2020 bar examination application and paid the application fee. I want to sit for the Fall 2020 examination. What do I do? You do not need to take any further action.  Your application and fee will be accepted for the Fall 2020 registration.  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 applied for the New Jersey July 2020 bar examination and paid the application fee, but I need to request a deferment to the next available administration of the New Jersey bar examination (e.g., February 2021) based on a personal hardship. What do I do? 2020 graduates who cannot sit for the Fall 2020 examination must submit a request to the Board of Bar Examiners to carry over their July 2020 bar application to the next available administration of the examination (e.g., February 2021).  Such request must set forth, in writing, the reasons for the request, which must establish good cause to delay sitting for the upcoming examination.  Good cause can be established on a specific showing of personal hardship, which will be kept confidential.  2020 graduates who seek to defer taking the Fall 2020 examination may do so for a single administration of the exam.  There will be no further extensions.  

If your request is granted, your July 2020 application fee will be carried over to the next available administration of the examination (e.g., February 2021).  Similarly, this will be a one-time carryover.

You may request this one-time deferment and fee carryover to the next administration of the exam (e.g., February 2021) by simply, completing and uploading the “2020 Law Graduate Bar Examination Deferment Request” form through your Home Page.  The form can be found under the “Other Forms” tab.  
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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

I already submitted my July 2020 bar examination application and paid the application fee, but I want to withdraw my application. What do I do? Simply contact your Case File Manager via e-mail and advise them that you want to withdraw your July 2020 application.  Once you  have completed and uploaded the COVID-19 – July 2020 Bar Examination Fee Refund Request Form your application fee will be refunded to you.  Back to TOP

Will my July 2020 bar examination fee be refunded if I do not plan on ever sitting for the New Jersey bar examination? Yes.  Simply contact your Case File Manager via e-mail and advise them that you want to withdraw your July 2020 application.  Once you have completed and uploaded the COVID-19 – July 2020 Bar Examination Fee Refund Request Form your application fee will be refunded to you.  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 will New Jersey begin administering the UBE?


New Jersey administered its first UBE examination in February 2017.

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What is the UBE testing schedule?

The UBE is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.  The test is administered as follows:
 

Tuesday Schedule

7:30 am – 9:00 am       Registration and seat check in

9:00 am – 9:30 am       Instructions

9:30 am – 12:30 pm    MPT

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm    Break – one hour

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm      Instructions (applicants must be seated for instructions)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm      MEE
 

Wednesday Schedule

7:30 am – 9:00 am       Registration and seat check in

9:00 am – 9:30 am       Instructions

9:30 am – 12:30 pm    MBE morning session – 100 questions

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm    Break – one hour

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm      Instructions (applicants must be seated for instructions)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm      MBE afternoon session – 100 questions

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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 within the last three years); 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 resign without prejudice?

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

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

The phone number for the Board on Continuing Legal Education office is 609-633-9733.

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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. They can be reached at 609-530-4008.

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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


Can I type the essay answers?

A laptop program is available.  Information will be on the website approximately 2 months prior to the exam.

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When will I receive my site assignments?

You will receive your admission ticket and site assignments approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the exam.  Site assignments will be posted to your User Home Page.  Under no circumstances will site assignments be changed or discussed over the telephone.

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When will the bar exam results be released?

For the February exam, The Board of Bar Examiners seeks to release the grades by May 15th.   For the July exam, we try 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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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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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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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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What are the dates for future exams?


February 27 and 28, 2018

 

July 24 and 25, 2018

 

February 26 and 27, 2019

 

July 30 and 31, 2019

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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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