Bar Exam during dual degree


Hi,

I would be very grateful if you could advise me on the career path I am trying to determine. I am currently undertaking a double degree in French and English, having finished my LLB in English Law. I still have two years in order to complete my degree in French Law. I would like to sit the US Bar Exam whilst in my final year (2021-2022) using the 10-month Barbri programme). I would like to know if you believe it is an achievable plan as I aim for an international career. I want to sit that exam as I need to start working one year after graduating and I wish to use that year to complete an LLM (or alternatively the LPC). The reason for that is the possibility to convert the US credential into a French one.

Thank you very much for your help

Hi,

I would be very grateful if you could advise me on the career path I am trying to determine. I am currently undertaking a double degree in French and English, having finished my LLB in English Law. I still have two years in order to complete my degree in French Law. I would like to sit the US Bar Exam whilst in my final year (2021-2022) using the 10-month Barbri programme). I would like to know if you believe it is an achievable plan as I aim for an international career. I want to sit that exam as I need to start working one year after graduating and I wish to use that year to complete an LLM (or alternatively the LPC). The reason for that is the possibility to convert the US credential into a French one.

Thank you very much for your help
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jwpetterch...

Hi,

I would be very grateful if you could advise me on the career path I am trying to determine. I am currently undertaking a double degree in French and English, having finished my LLB in English Law. I still have two years in order to complete my degree in French Law. I would like to sit the US Bar Exam whilst in my final year (2021-2022) using the 10-month Barbri programme). I would like to know if you believe it is an achievable plan as I aim for an international career. I want to sit that exam as I need to start working one year after graduating and I wish to use that year to complete an LLM (or alternatively the LPC). The reason for that is the possibility to convert the US credential into a French one.

Thank you very much for your help


Maybe. I’m not sure about the details of your English Law LLB. If you are going to sit a US bar exam with only a common law degree, you can only do the New York bar exam. If you’re already qualified in your home country, you can probably take the much more difficult California bar exam.

Either way, you need to get your degree and credentials evaluated by the relevant bar regulators. In New York, that is the Board of Legal Education - the BOLE. It takes them like 6-10 months to review your file. So, send in your degree, transcripts, etc and wait. In theory, if you have a common law LLB degree that allows you to be admitted to practice in that jurisdiction, and it is 3 years in length and contains all the relevant courses for admission to practice, then it is substantially equivalent to a US law degree and you can sit for the NY bar exam. Some exceptions apply and they’re too numerous to list off here.

[quote]Hi,

I would be very grateful if you could advise me on the career path I am trying to determine. I am currently undertaking a double degree in French and English, having finished my LLB in English Law. I still have two years in order to complete my degree in French Law. I would like to sit the US Bar Exam whilst in my final year (2021-2022) using the 10-month Barbri programme). I would like to know if you believe it is an achievable plan as I aim for an international career. I want to sit that exam as I need to start working one year after graduating and I wish to use that year to complete an LLM (or alternatively the LPC). The reason for that is the possibility to convert the US credential into a French one.

Thank you very much for your help [/quote]<br><br>Maybe. I’m not sure about the details of your English Law LLB. If you are going to sit a US bar exam with only a common law degree, you can only do the New York bar exam. If you’re already qualified in your home country, you can probably take the much more difficult&nbsp;California bar exam.<br><br>Either way, you need to get your degree and credentials&nbsp;evaluated by the relevant bar regulators. In New York, that is the Board of Legal Education - the BOLE. It takes them like 6-10 months to review your file. So, send in your degree, transcripts, etc and wait. In theory, if you have a common law LLB degree that allows you to be admitted to practice in that jurisdiction, and it is 3 years in length and contains all the relevant courses for admission to practice, then it is substantially equivalent to a US law degree and you can sit for the NY bar exam. Some exceptions apply and they’re too numerous to list off here.
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Hi,

I would be very grateful if you could advise me on the career path I am trying to determine. I am currently undertaking a double degree in French and English, having finished my LLB in English Law. I still have two years in order to complete my degree in French Law. I would like to sit the US Bar Exam whilst in my final year (2021-2022) using the 10-month Barbri programme). I would like to know if you believe it is an achievable plan as I aim for an international career. I want to sit that exam as I need to start working one year after graduating and I wish to use that year to complete an LLM (or alternatively the LPC). The reason for that is the possibility to convert the US credential into a French one.

Thank you very much for your help


Maybe. I’m not sure about the details of your English Law LLB. If you are going to sit a US bar exam with only a common law degree, you can only do the New York bar exam. If you’re already qualified in your home country, you can probably take the much more difficult California bar exam.

Either way, you need to get your degree and credentials evaluated by the relevant bar regulators. In New York, that is the Board of Legal Education - the BOLE. It takes them like 6-10 months to review your file. So, send in your degree, transcripts, etc and wait. In theory, if you have a common law LLB degree that allows you to be admitted to practice in that jurisdiction, and it is 3 years in length and contains all the relevant courses for admission to practice, then it is substantially equivalent to a US law degree and you can sit for the NY bar exam. Some exceptions apply and they’re too numerous to list off here.


Thank you for your answer. I have studied English law within two years (this is how my degree is construed) with all the core modules (Contract, tort, constitutional and administrative, criminal, equity & trusts and land law) as well as the introductory lectures to English law. In essence, there is a convention that allows me to be admitted to practice in the UK once I have completed the degree. I believe I would contact the BOLE first as it is a peculiar form of graduating in English law, thus undoubtedly subject to exceptions I am not aware of yet. 

[quote][quote]Hi,

I would be very grateful if you could advise me on the career path I am trying to determine. I am currently undertaking a double degree in French and English, having finished my LLB in English Law. I still have two years in order to complete my degree in French Law. I would like to sit the US Bar Exam whilst in my final year (2021-2022) using the 10-month Barbri programme). I would like to know if you believe it is an achievable plan as I aim for an international career. I want to sit that exam as I need to start working one year after graduating and I wish to use that year to complete an LLM (or alternatively the LPC). The reason for that is the possibility to convert the US credential into a French one.

Thank you very much for your help [/quote]<br><br>Maybe. I’m not sure about the details of your English Law LLB. If you are going to sit a US bar exam with only a common law degree, you can only do the New York bar exam. If you’re already qualified in your home country, you can probably take the much more difficult&nbsp;California bar exam.<br><br>Either way, you need to get your degree and credentials&nbsp;evaluated by the relevant bar regulators. In New York, that is the Board of Legal Education - the BOLE. It takes them like 6-10 months to review your file. So, send in your degree, transcripts, etc and wait. In theory, if you have a common law LLB degree that allows you to be admitted to practice in that jurisdiction, and it is 3 years in length and contains all the relevant courses for admission to practice, then it is substantially equivalent to a US law degree and you can sit for the NY bar exam. Some exceptions apply and they’re too numerous to list off here. [/quote]<br><br>Thank you for your answer. I have studied English law within two years (this is how my degree is construed) with all the core modules (Contract, tort, constitutional and administrative, criminal, equity &amp; trusts and land law) as well as the introductory lectures to English law. In essence, there is a convention that allows me to be admitted to practice in the UK once I have completed the degree. I believe I would contact the BOLE first as it is a peculiar form of graduating in English law, thus undoubtedly subject to exceptions I am not aware of yet.&nbsp;<br>
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jwpetterch...

Hi,

I would be very grateful if you could advise me on the career path I am trying to determine. I am currently undertaking a double degree in French and English, having finished my LLB in English Law. I still have two years in order to complete my degree in French Law. I would like to sit the US Bar Exam whilst in my final year (2021-2022) using the 10-month Barbri programme). I would like to know if you believe it is an achievable plan as I aim for an international career. I want to sit that exam as I need to start working one year after graduating and I wish to use that year to complete an LLM (or alternatively the LPC). The reason for that is the possibility to convert the US credential into a French one.

Thank you very much for your help


Maybe. I’m not sure about the details of your English Law LLB. If you are going to sit a US bar exam with only a common law degree, you can only do the New York bar exam. If you’re already qualified in your home country, you can probably take the much more difficult California bar exam.

Either way, you need to get your degree and credentials evaluated by the relevant bar regulators. In New York, that is the Board of Legal Education - the BOLE. It takes them like 6-10 months to review your file. So, send in your degree, transcripts, etc and wait. In theory, if you have a common law LLB degree that allows you to be admitted to practice in that jurisdiction, and it is 3 years in length and contains all the relevant courses for admission to practice, then it is substantially equivalent to a US law degree and you can sit for the NY bar exam. Some exceptions apply and they’re too numerous to list off here.


Thank you for your answer. I have studied English law within two years (this is how my degree is construed) with all the core modules (Contract, tort, constitutional and administrative, criminal, equity & trusts and land law) as well as the introductory lectures to English law. In essence, there is a convention that allows me to be admitted to practice in the UK once I have completed the degree. I believe I would contact the BOLE first as it is a peculiar form of graduating in English law, thus undoubtedly subject to exceptions I am not aware of yet. 


If the LLB was completed in only two years, it is not equivalent for the NY BOLE. I realize there are only 8 or 9 required subjects for a CPE-exempt LLB degree. If you’re licensed either in the UK or elsewhere, you can still take the California bar even with that degree.

[quote][quote][quote]Hi,

I would be very grateful if you could advise me on the career path I am trying to determine. I am currently undertaking a double degree in French and English, having finished my LLB in English Law. I still have two years in order to complete my degree in French Law. I would like to sit the US Bar Exam whilst in my final year (2021-2022) using the 10-month Barbri programme). I would like to know if you believe it is an achievable plan as I aim for an international career. I want to sit that exam as I need to start working one year after graduating and I wish to use that year to complete an LLM (or alternatively the LPC). The reason for that is the possibility to convert the US credential into a French one.

Thank you very much for your help [/quote]<br><br>Maybe. I’m not sure about the details of your English Law LLB. If you are going to sit a US bar exam with only a common law degree, you can only do the New York bar exam. If you’re already qualified in your home country, you can probably take the much more difficult&nbsp;California bar exam.<br><br>Either way, you need to get your degree and credentials&nbsp;evaluated by the relevant bar regulators. In New York, that is the Board of Legal Education - the BOLE. It takes them like 6-10 months to review your file. So, send in your degree, transcripts, etc and wait. In theory, if you have a common law LLB degree that allows you to be admitted to practice in that jurisdiction, and it is 3 years in length and contains all the relevant courses for admission to practice, then it is substantially equivalent to a US law degree and you can sit for the NY bar exam. Some exceptions apply and they’re too numerous to list off here. [/quote]<br><br>Thank you for your answer. I have studied English law within two years (this is how my degree is construed) with all the core modules (Contract, tort, constitutional and administrative, criminal, equity &amp; trusts and land law) as well as the introductory lectures to English law. In essence, there is a convention that allows me to be admitted to practice in the UK once I have completed the degree. I believe I would contact the BOLE first as it is a peculiar form of graduating in English law, thus undoubtedly subject to exceptions I am not aware of yet.&nbsp;<br> [/quote]<br><br>If the LLB was completed in only two years, it is not equivalent for the NY BOLE. I realize there are only 8 or 9 required subjects for a CPE-exempt LLB degree. If you’re licensed either in the UK or elsewhere, you can still take the California bar even with that degree.
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