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Bar Certification

Many state boards of bar examiners or bar committees require a certification from academic institutions attended by the bar applicant. Bar certifications for alumni from ALL BU schools are completed by the Pre-Law Advising Office, in the Harpur Academic Advising Office.



If you attended Binghamton University and need a bar certification:

• Complete and sign the applicant portion of the bar certification form
• Include a cover letter or memo with your name and B Number or last 4 digits of social security number or date of birth, former name (if changed) and contact information (e-mail, phone numbers) where you can be reached if we have questions
• Provide a stamped envelope addressed to bar committee or board of bar examiners

Send to:

Pre-Law Advising
Harpur College Academic Advising Office
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

If you have any history of disciplinary (including academic honesty) or criminal violations, it is best to disclose the specifics when you apply for admission to the bar, even if records describing the conduct have been expunged. Failure to disclose is considered a serious form of applicant misconduct and can result in consequences including denial of bar admission or disbarment. The Pre-law Advisor is available to discuss these issues and can advise you on how best to disclose them on your bar application.

PLEASE NOTE: as of January 1, 2003, certificates of undergraduate study are NO LONGER REQUIRED by the four New York State Judicial Departments for NYS bar applicants. Please go to to verify the applicable requirements. Some paper applications received by NYS bar applicants still contain the undergraduate bar certification forms-you no longer need to request Binghamton University to complete this form.

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Last Updated: 6/15/09