Can I ask, why you guys take the bar?
I'm right now asking myself if it is worth to do it.
- 2-3 months learning A LOT
- cost: with housing, living, barbri, exam fee: minimum 7'000 $
In Switzerland nobody cares if you are a NY attorney-at-law. However, the LLM provides you a nice pay increase.
So are you doing the bar just for your ego? Interest? Title?
I'm not really sure if it is worth for me to pay a lot, learn a lot and to pass the bar with a chance of 50% (average rate of foreigners).
This is a good question. I think that the reasons vary on a case by case basis. In my case, I haven't decided yet whether to take the bar or not. For the moment I'll send all the documentation required for the evaluation of eligibility (which is free), and then I'll clear up my mind. If I decide to take the bar, it'll be because, even if my final goal is not to find a job in the US...you never know. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to find a good opportunity, and if I want to catch it I need the bar in NY. Then, even if I come back to Italy and find a job for an American law firm here, if I have the NY bar maybe they can decide to send me one/two years in the American office (this happens pretty often). So, I think it may be useful, after all. But as I said, it basically depends on the goals, dreams, aims of any single person.
I completely agree.
It depends on the area that you practice but I have heard people refer to the NY Bar (and the Hong Kong Bar, as well) as a lawyer's "passport". (I believe it was related to international arbitration.)