District of Columbia
You can mail the hard copy to the Office of Registration Services at:
435 West 116th Street, Box A-25, New York, NY 10027
You may email the form to [email protected]
Our office processes bar forms and Dean's Certificates on a rolling basis. Usually, it takes about 10 business days to process your form. Please allow up to 5 business days before inquiring about the status of your form. However, depending on the time of the academic year, the Office of Registration Services is busier than usual (i.e.. final examination period, orientation, Add/Drop, etc.) and it may take longer to certify your form.
For students who graduated before 2014, additional time is needed to complete bar form as student files are kept off-site.
Forms will be mailed directly to the state bar associations and will not be mailed or emailed to the applicants. You will receive an email confirmation when the documents have been sent.
Please email your request to the Office of Registration Services at [email protected]. In your email, please indicate the address where the letter needs to be sent. It can take up to 5 business days to complete your request.
Yes. If the form clearly states that a transcript is required, our office will automatically send an official transcript to the state bar association, at no extra cost.
Yes. Mr. Dean Lance at the Secretariat office is a notary public. Please email him at [email protected] to set up an appointment.
No. A copy of your application will be sent directly to the state bar association. Students are unable to obtain copies or scans of application materials.
It is recommended that you contact your state bar association or Board of Bar Examiners directly as they will have the most updated information and resources to better assist you.
The guidelines for completing the JD Certificate of Attendance section can be found here.
The Office of Registration Services holds about four sessions in April for students to complete the handwriting sample for the NYS bar. An email will be sent in March to current 3L and LL.M. students with the times and dates of these sessions, which can also be found on our website. The handwriting sample must be completed in the presence of a member of the Registration Services team and only takes 10-15 minutes to complete.
Please note that you must bring your Columbia ID card or a government- issued photo ID card to the session.
If you are unable to make one of these sessions, you may visit our office after commencement or email us at [email protected] to arrange an appointment to complete the handwriting sample.
I can't make it to any of the Registration Service's handwriting sample sessions. What should I do?
Please mail the notarized handwriting sample directly to the New York State Board of Law Examiners (BOLE). In addition, please notify our office if you will be doing this method so that we can update our records.
Yes. All applicants are required to submit a handwriting sample regardless if they registrar to participate in the laptop program.
No. Please do not email or submit the Certificate of Attendance Form to our office. We receive these forms directly from the NYS BOLE for all Columbia J.D. students who are registered to take the July/February Bar Exam.
Yes, unless you do not require the LL.M. degree in order to sit for the bar exam. The guidelines for completing the Certificate of Attendance Form can be found here.
If you've submitted all your documents for the NYS Bar Exam, no further action is required of your part. The Office of Registration Services will mail all NYS Bar documents in the second week of June, near the filing deadline. The forms will be mailed via FedEx Priority Overnight, ensuring that they arrive before June 15. Students will receive an email that their documents have been mailed as well as the FedEx tracking number.
The passing score for the UBE in New York is 266 on a 400 point scale.
If you attempted to contact your employer multiple times over a period of a month or two, but failed to obtain the affidavit from your employer, you can submit an affidavit to your Judicial Department's Committee of Character and Fitness explaining your good faith effort. We recommend that you keep and document all correspondences with the employer.
Please contact the NYS BOLE directly regarding any issues with your ExamSoft account for the bar exam.
No. Examplify is able to handle multiple registrations; your law exams will be designated under your Law School account and you Bar Exam will be assigned under your Bar account. Please make sure that you select the correct exam file when you take your exam.
***The NYS BOLE website FAQ page contains specific questions related to the NYS Bar: https://www.nybarexam.org/faq/faq.htm
The California Bar will accept your social security number in lieu of your Columbia ID, if you no longer remember the ID number. You can find your ID number on you Student Services Online (SSOL) account.
Students do not need to request their transcripts. Our office will be mailing final transcripts to the Los Angeles office during the beginning of July.
District of Columbia
Yes. Once the form has been certified by the Office of Registration Services, it will be scanned and emailed to the student.
The passing score for the UBE in D.C. is 266 on a 400 point scale.
Our office will certify the Law School Certificate on the date of degree conferral (commencement). The Law School Certificate will be sent directly to the Supreme Judicial Court of Suffolk County unless the student requests to pick up the hard copy or have the form mailed to their home address.
No. The Massachusetts Bar will not accept incomplete bar applications. Applicants who graduate after the filling deadline must file their complete application no later than fourteen (14) days from the date of degree conferral.
No. The letters of recommendation must be written by a person who knows you well and in accordance with the Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01. For general guidelines on the letters of recommendation, please click here.
The passing score for the UBE in Massachusetts is 270 on a 400 point scale.
No. A copy of your law school application will be sent directly to the Texas Board of Law Examiners. Students are unable to obtain copies or scans of application materials.