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Bar Exam Eligibility

International Students' Eligibility to Take the California or New York Bar Examinations

International students who are already admitted to the practice of law in a foreign country in good standing are eligible to take the California Bar Examination. International students with a foreign law degree, but not yet admitted to the practice of law, are eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam with one year of specific advanced law study. Many graduates of the LLM in Dispute Resolution program have been able to sit for the CA Bar Exam. Additional information on these requirements can be found on the California Bar Exam website.

International students who want to take the New York Bar Examination must register with the New York State Board of Law Examiners, and complete and submit an Online Foreign Evaluation Form, which is recommended prior to starting the LLM program. The Board's evaluation of the students' foreign education will determine possible deficiencies in specific educational requirements that may need to be fulfilled. Additional information on these requirements can be found on the New York State Board of Law Examiners website.


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