Bar Exam In Buffalo Draws Thousands

July 25, 2012 Updated Jul 25, 2012 at 7:22 AM EDT

By James Fink, Business First

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Bar Exam In Buffalo Draws Thousands

July 25, 2012 Updated Jul 25, 2012 at 7:22 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - Hotel rooms in downtown Buffalo and some of the immediate suburbs are in short supply as nearly 3,000 people have converged on the city to take the New York State Bar exam.

Representatives from Visit Buffalo Niagara, the county's convention and visitors bureau, said 2,938 people registered to take the two-day exam, which takes place in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. While the test is being held elsewhere in the state, Buffalo has the largest number of registered would-be lawyers.

Buffalo has hosted the twice a year exams - held in February and July - since 2009. The lone exception was the July 2010 exam, which was shifted from Buffalo while the convention center was being renovated.

"Virtually every hotel room in downtown is sold out and so are many in the suburbs," said Peter Burakowski, Visit Buffalo Niagara spokesman.

The estimated economic impact is $2,765,248, according to Visit Buffalo Niagara.

"There is clearly a ripple effect that goes beyond downtown Buffalo," Burakowski said.

The Visit Buffalo Niagara staff is manning information centers during the test period and on July 25, when the tests end, the NFTA is offering shuttle service to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

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