New York State Skills Competency Requirement

The New York State Court of Appeals adopted the new Skills Competency Requirement and Professional Values Bar Admission Requirement found in Section 520.18 of the Rules for Admission in December 2015. This requirement is applicable to all applicants for admission to the New York Bar who commence their legal studies on or after August 1, 2016. Pursuant to the new rule, affected applicants must establish that they have acquired skills and professional values necessary to competently practice law  through one of five pathways.

New York Law School is committed to working with its students satisfy the requirement. NYLS’s plan to certify our students under “Pathway 1” is described in the Skills Competency Requirement PDF. In addition, we are committed to working with our transfer students either to be eligible for certification under Pathway 1 or earn the requisite 15 credits through approved coursework required under Pathway 2. As with all pro bono scholars, the NYLS students who graduate as pro bono scholars will complete the new skills competency and professional values requirement pursuant to Pathway 3.

Visit the full text of Section 520.18 to the Rules for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR 520.18).