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Capital Complex to Host More Than 3,000 Candidates in Albany for NY Bar Exam


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2017

 

Capital Complex to Host More Than 3,000 Candidates in Albany for NY Bar Exam

Exam expands to three facilities for the first time

 

ALBANY, N.Y.—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 square-feet 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.

 

“NYS BOLE is returning for yet another year of exams, a testament to all that downtown Albany has to offer,” said RoAnn Destito, commissioner, New York State Office of General Services. “The Board has administered the bar exam at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center for the past 25 years, and this year the group will be making great use of the entire Capital Complex.”

“We’re pleased to be able to accommodate the Board of Law Examiners and look forward to welcoming visitors to the Capital Complex and showcase this vibrant venue in the heart of downtown Albany,” said Doug McClaine, general manager, Albany Capital Center.

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.
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About the Capital Complex:

The Capital Complex in Albany is the largest meeting space in upstate New York. Connected by an enclosed walkway, the Complex is comprised of the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, a 50,000 square-feet facility that includes a convention hall, seven meeting rooms and pre-function space operated by the New York State Office of General Services; The Egg, which includes two theaters that seat a total of 1,400 people along with 10,000 square-feet of event space; and two locations operated by SMG including the new Albany Capital Center, a 50,000 square-feet space with 6 meeting rooms and pre-function space; and the Times Union Center, Upstate New York’s Premiere Sports & Entertainment Facility with 17,500 seats and with 50,000 square-feet of exhibit and pre-function space. For more information about the Capital Complex visit www.albanycapitalcenter.com/what_is_the_capital_complex.

 

About New York State Board of Law Examiners:

Operating under the auspices of the New York State Court of Appeals, the New York State Board of Law Examiners is responsible for administering the bar examination to candidates seeking admission to practice law in the State of New York. The Board has been in existence for over a hundred years, having been created by the New York State Legislature in 1894. The Board maintains a business office in Albany with a full-time staff that oversees the bar examination. The bar examination is administered twice per year, on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.

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