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July 2012 New York Bar Exam Essays

Well, isn’t this a nice surprise! The results of the July 2012 administration of the New York bar exam have been released — ahead of schedule, as it turns out. And this time it appears to be an intentional rather than accidental release.

The New York State Board of Law Examiners previously stated that it would announce the results tomorrow, Friday, November 2. But NY BOLE went ahead and made results available to applicants tonight, at around 10 p.m. or so.

Keep reading, for a link to the results page and commentary from Above the Law readers….

You can access the bar exam results through the NY BOLE website, which explains:

An email containing the results of the July 2012 New York State bar examination has been sent to all July 2012 New York State bar candidates. A private look-up is also available by clicking the link below…. A list of the candidates who passed the examination will be made available to the general public on Monday, November 5, 2012.

In other words, if you want to engage in the schadenfreude of seeing which frenemies of yours failed, you’ll have to wait a few days.

Those who passed the test received this message on the NY BOLE website:

The New York State Board of Law Examiners congratulates you on passing the New York State bar examination held on July 24-25, 2012. An official certification notice will be sent to the last email address you provided to the Board. If you no longer have access to this email account and would like a duplicate of your results sent to a different email address, you must fax us a request for duplicate results. The request should include your BOLE ID and the email address where you would like the results resent. The Board will not take an updated email address over the phone. Therefore, you must fax your request in accordance with the above instructions.

Here are a few reactions from Above the Law readers who contacted us with the news. From a reader whose fiancé passed the bar exam:

Best news to receive in a blackout ever!

From a similarly situated reader, also suffering from the aftereffects of Sandy:

Husband passed = marital happiness preserved! Next (dream) step: He finds an actual, paying job as an attorney. ūüôā

Now if I could just find some scotch amongst our hurricane provisions to toast his good news in style…

This comment captures what it’s like to hear the good news in the age of social media:

I’m obviously very relieved. Bar prep was pretty much as much of a pain as everyone said it would be, so it’s nice to know I won’t have to do it again. And since half of my Facebook friends are law school classmates, my feed has been blowing up for the past half hour with “PASSED!” statuses and lots of congratulations. Fun times.

And this was the most succinct response we received:

I’m glad I never have to go back to Albany.

Well, until you’re elected governor. Many an illustrious legal and political career has started with admission to the New York State Bar.

Once again, congratulations from all of us here at Above the Law to everyone who passed. Feel free to celebrate your good news in the comments.

Earlier: The UNOFFICIAL New York Bar Exam Results Accidentally Posted on the Web Briefly Today.

Test Format 

The MEE consists of six 30-minute questions. Areas of law that may be covered on the MEE include the following: Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts (including Article 2 [Sales] of the Uniform Commercial Code), Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code. Some questions may include issues in more than one area of law. The particular areas covered vary from exam to exam. 

For instructions provided with each MEE, see Instructions for Taking the MEE.

Subject Matter

For the MEE's scope of coverage, see the MEE Subject Matter Outline. 

MEE Study Aids

MEE Questions and Analyses from Recent Administrations

NCBE publishes study aids for the MEE that include questions from previously administered tests and model analyses that are illustrative of the discussions that might appear in excellent answers to the questions. They are available for purchase at the NCBE Study Aids Store. 

For the six MEE questions administered in July 2017 (without analyses), see Sample Questions.

MEE Questions and Analyses from Older Administrations

MEE Questions and Analyses from older administrations are available by accessing the following files.

July 2012
February 2012
July 2011
February 2011
July 2010
February 2010
July 2009
February 2009
July 2008
February 2008

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