HOW TO APPLY FOR THE NEW HAMPSHIRE BAR EXAMINATION
I. Deadline for Applications
The bar examination is a two-day examination that is administered in February and July of each year. The February bar examination is administered on the last Wednesday of February and the preceding day. The July bar examination is administered on the last Wednesday of July and the preceding day.
The deadline for applications to take the July bar examination is MAY 1. The deadline for applications to take the February examination is DECEMBER 1.
The application to take the bar examination consists of an application for the New Hampshire bar examination form, a petition and questionnaire for admission to the bar, a certification form, and an authorization and release form. Every question or space requiring information on the application for the bar examination form, petition and questionnaire, certification form, and the authorization and release form must be answered or completed. See INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL APPLICANTS FOR COMPLETING THE APPLICATION AND THE PETITION AND QUESTIONNAIRE FOR ADMISSION. Please use the Packet Completion Checklist (Bar Examination) to make sure that your submission is complete.
Applicants are requested to submit their petitions well before the deadlines. This will allow the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness to begin its investigation of applicants before the bar examination.
II. Bar Examination Fee and Character and Fitness Investigation Fee
All persons applying to take the New Hampshire bar examination must enclose one check or money order for $725.00 made payable to the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners with the application and petition and questionnaire forms.
The application fee is NOT REFUNDABLE, whether the bar examination is taken or not.
III. Prior Efforts to Take the Bar Examination
A person who has failed the New Hampshire bar examination four times will not be permitted to retake the examination. See Supreme Court Rule 42(VII) . If an applicant has taken the Uniform Bar Examination in another jurisdiction, and has not achieved a passing score in New Hampshire, that attempt will be counted as part of the four attempts. See Supreme Court Rule 42 (VIII)(c).
IV Applicants with Disabilities and Other Requests for Accommodation
It is the policy of the Board of Bar Examiners to administer the Bar Examination in a manner that does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities. The procedures for requesting accommodations are set forth in Rule 42 (IX). The Board's testing accommodations policy is available for review on the court's web site. A copy of the policy, including forms for accommodation requests, may be obtained from the Office of Bar Admissions.
Sherry M. Hieber
New Hampshire Supreme Court Office of Bar Admissions
4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102
Concord , N.H. 03301
(603) 224-8728 (fax)
An applicant seeking reasonable testing accommodations must submit a request for accommodations with the application and petition and questionnaire for admission to the bar by the application deadline. A copy of the request must also be submitted by the applicant to the Chair of the Board of Bar Examiners. No request for testing accommodations that is received by the Board of Bar Examiners after May 1 for the July examination, or after December 1 for the February examination shall be accepted, change the period to a comma and add: and no materials submitted after the application deadline will be considered.
Gordon J. MacDonald, Esq.
Chairman, Board of Bar Examiners
Nixon Peabody LLP
900 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
P (603) 628-4068
F (646) 792-3816
V. Special Arrangements for Administrative (Non-ADA) Testing Accommodations.
Applicants testing in standard testing rooms, with a standard testing schedule, who have health-related conditions that do not rise to the level of a disability, may request special arrangements. Common special arrangements include bringing in assistive devices, such as diabetic supplies, an inhaler, or a lactation pump and a private space during breaks to be used for lactation. Applicants must submit the form seeking these arrangements by January 15 for the February exam, and June 15 for the July exam, unless there is an emergency event. Further information and the form is available here.
VI. Bar Review Courses
Because of many requests in the past for information about bar review courses, the following are the names and addresses of companies that offer bar review courses for the New Hampshire bar examination. The provision of this list should not be construed as a comment by the Supreme Court or the Board of Bar Examiners on the merits of these or any other any bar review course. None of the courses are in any way connected with the Supreme Court or the Board of Bar Examiners:
700 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA. 90017
Telephone: 1 (800) 523-0777
BAR/BRI Bar Review Course (N.H.)
Puckhaber Law Office
PO Box 2693
Concord, NH 03302
Reed's Multistate Bar Review, Inc.
360 W. Illinois Ave. Suite 509
Chicago, IL. 60610
Telephone: 1 (800) 852-3926
BAR/BRI Bar Review Course
31 St. James Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: 1(800) 866- 7277
6402 South Troy Circle
Englewood, CO. 80111-6424
Telephone: (603) 224-3322
Ameribar Bar Review
2809 S. Shamrock St
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Telephone: (800) 529-2651
Ameribar New Hampshire
Telephone: (603) 397-0402