New York State Pro Bono Admission Requirement

On September 14, 2012, the New York State Court of Appeals adopted a new rule (PDF) requiring applicants seeking admission to the New York State Bar after January 1, 2015, to perform 50 hours of pro bono services.

For LL.M. students seeking admission to the New York bar, pro bono work performed within one year prior to their admission to law school can count toward meeting the 50-hour obligation.

Students who plan to seek admission to the New York bar will need to complete an affidavit (PDF) for each pro bono project that they will rely on to satisfy New York’s pro bono requirement. It is recommended that students complete the affidavit at the time they complete each qualifying pro bono work project.

The Court's website includes responses to frequently asked questions (PDF), which we encourage students to review.

Please Note: Some pro bono projects may not satisfy the New York rule, and students are advised to seek interpretative guidance. For clarification about the New York State Pro Bono Admission Requirement, please contact the New York State Office of Court Administration at ProBonoRule@nycourts.gov.