Forms

Pre-Law Questionnaire:

Please complete this questionnaire if you are applying to law school this year.

  • Students on campus: bring the questionnaire with you for your pre-law appointment
  • Alumni and others outside the Binghamton area: complete and sign the questionnaire and send it to Harpur Advising.
Student Records Release Form:

Please complete this form to authorize the release of information in your university records. Do NOT submit this form if you are requesting a law school Dean's Letter and you are submitting (or already submitted) a signed Pre-Law Questionnaire; the release form for a Dean's Letter is already included in the questionnaire.

Other Forms:
  • Dean's Letters and Disciplinary Records:

    Some law schools require submission of a Dean's Letter (Dean's Certification, College Certification, etc.) as part of the application process. The primary purpose of this requirement is to obtain disciplinary clearance from colleges and universities attended by the applicant.

    Review the certification instructions for each law school. Of the Law Schools that require a dean's letter as part of the application, some require it from all applicants, others may only require it from those who have disclosed academic or disciplinary issues on the application, and others may require it when an applicant is admitted and chooses to enroll in the law school.

    At Binghamton University, the Pre-Law Advising Office is responsible for completing Dean's Letter requirements for students and alumni from all BU schools.

    We encourage current applicants to complete our Pre-Law Questionnaire (above). The questionnaire includes contact information and a release of records.

    If you need a certification:

    • Submit your paper work to the pre-law secretary
    • Complete and sign the law school form (If the law school does not include a form, notify us of your request in writing)
    • If you are mailing your request to us, please include a cover letter or memo with:
      • Your name (and any former names if changed)
      • Your BNumber or the last 4 digits of your social security number
      • Date of birth
      • Contact information (e-mail, phone numbers) where you can be reached if we have questions
    • Send requests To:

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

    • Dean Certification requests are mailed directly to the law school 
      • Provide a stamped envelope addressed to the law school, without a return address

    **Be mindful of deadlines! Allow at least two weeks processing time and inform us of any nearing deadline

    If you have any questions contact the Pre-Law Secretary, Linda Igo, at 607-777-2117.

    Disciplinary Information
    Many law schools, including those requiring Dean's certifications, ask questions in their application about disciplinary violations (including academic dishonesty) during college, and about any prior criminal charges or convictions. Specific questions vary by law school, but most are seeking information about behavior that violated university rules of student conduct, such as alcohol possession, destruction of university property, misuse of university computers, possession of illegal drugs, plagiarism, cheating, etc. When you apply to law school, you are initiating a process that will continue beyond law school to admission to a state bar and your legal career. If you have any history of disciplinary or criminal violations, it is best to disclose the specifics when you apply to law school, and again when you apply for bar admission, even if records about these violations have been destroyed or expunged. Failure to disclose is considered a serious form of applicant misconduct, and can result in consequences including expulsion from law school, denial of bar admission, and disbarment. The Pre-Law Advisor is available to discuss these issues and can advise you on how best to proceed.

  • 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. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THESE FORMS TO THE DEAN'S OFFICES OR TO THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE.

    If you 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 any former names if changed)
      • Your BNumber or the last 4 digits of your social security number
      • Date of birth
      • 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 requests 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 www.nybarexam.org 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.