State of New York Unified Court System

State of New York
Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Third Judicial Department
Attorney Admissions

P.O. Box 7350, Capitol Station
Albany, New York

(518) 471-4778
Fax (518) 471-4749


Anthony A. Moore
Director of Attorney Admissions

Applying for Admission


In New York State, each department of the Appellate Division is responsible for admitting applicants to the practice of law. Applicants may be admitted upon passage of the New York bar examination or, if qualified, on motion. In addition to admitting applicants who live or work within its jurisdiction, the Appellate Division, Third Department is also responsible for admitting candidates seeking to practice in New York who neither reside nor work in the state (i.e., applicants from other states or countries). Each year, the Third Department admits applicants from across the country and around the world.

The Third Department evaluates the character and fitness of each candidate it considers for admission to the bar. This duty is discharged by the Court's Committees on Character and Fitness, which are comprised of practicing attorneys appointed by the Court and assisted by the Office of Attorney Admissions. Successful applicants are sworn in before the Court at in-person ceremonies in January and June of each year, and at remote ceremonies held throughout the year.

In 2022, the Appellate Division, Third Department admitted 3,662 applicants to the New York bar with 89% of applicants admitted upon examination and the remaining 11% admitted on motion.

How to Apply for Admission On Examination
How to Apply for Admission Without Exam
Application for Admission Forms
Change of Address
Transfer of Application for Admission
Pro Bono Rule
Part 805: Admission of Attorneys
Letter to 2023 Bar Exam Applicants

Information for Admitted Attorneys

Request for Certificate of Good Standing
Large Embossed Certificate of Admission
Request for a Disciplinary History Report
Attorney Name Change Request Form
Attorney Registration Requirements
Secure Pass ID Card
Continuing Legal Education
Application to Voluntarily Resign From New York State Bar

Other Licenses and Registrations

Registration as In House Counsel
Admission Pro Hac Vice
Foreign Legal Consultant Licenses

General Information

How to Contact Us
Committees on Character and Fitness