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Supreme Court of the State of New York
Fourth Judicial Department


      The Court of Appeals has amended the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law by adding section 520.16 to the Rules, which provides that applicants admitted to the New York State Bar on or after January 1, 2015 must have completed at least 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service prior to filing an application for admission.

      The new Rule does not apply to applicants for admission on motion.

      Questions about the new pro bono requirement may be addressed by email to (including your telephone contact information in the event a personal conversation is necessary).

      You may access the Pro Bono rule, Pro Bono Requirement FAQS, and a Form Affidavit as to Applicant's Compliance with the Pro Bono Requirements, including Certification by Supervisor, by clicking on the links in this paragraph.