ALBANY, NY — On July 25 and 26, 2017, the New York State Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) will administer the bar examination to 3,170 candidates at the Capital Complex in downtown Albany, utilizing 100,000 sq. ft. of space across the Albany Capital Center (ACC), Empire State Plaza Convention Center and the Times Union Center.
This year will mark Albany’s largest candidate pool since the July 2011 exam, during which the Board also tested 3,170 candidates. This is the first time that the Capital Complex, which is the largest meeting space in upstate New York, will play shared host for a single event. “The Capital Complex was ideal for our needs because the flexibility of the space allowed us to easily accommodate the increased number of candidates. The proximity of the three locations and the connected walkways is beneficial not only to candidates and staff who may carpool together, but will also permit our site managers to quickly travel between sites for set up as well as during the exam,” said John McAlary, Executive Director, BOLE.
According to Michele Vennard, President and CEO of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the two-day event will result in more than $2.1 million in attendee spending including hotels, transportation, food and beverage, retail and recreation.
The New York bar exam is conducted twice each calendar year, on the last Tuesday and Wednesday every February and July. The results from the July bar exam are expected to be released in late October.