Foreign LLM NYS Licensed Lawyer wants to practice Law in Florida


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Hi, I have been admitted to the NYS bar since 2011. I am currently working as a lawyer in NYC, but want to move to Florida. I know that Florida doesn't have a reciprocity agreement with NY, so I would have to take the whole examination again there. However, I recently learned that I need a JD degree to apply for the Florida Bar Examination. A LLM degree is not acceptable in that state. The only option available for me to apply for said exam would be to have 10 years in practice as a NY attorney --yes, that's right, I was informed that the time is longer because I have a LLM degree.

So far, it seems that the only option available for me to work in FL would be to find jobs at the federal level. However, I have been searching online for such jobs and "a full course of law studies (JD degree)" is required for most attorney positions.

I would appreciate if you can advise me on this matter. Please feel free to correct or clarify the above information for me. THANKS!

Hi, I have been admitted to the NYS bar since 2011. I am currently working as a lawyer in NYC, but want to move to Florida. I know that Florida doesn't have a reciprocity agreement with NY, so I would have to take the whole examination again there. However, I recently learned that I need a JD degree to apply for the Florida Bar Examination. A LLM degree is not acceptable in that state. The only option available for me to apply for said exam would be to have 10 years in practice as a NY attorney --yes, that's right, I was informed that the time is longer because I have a LLM degree.

So far, it seems that the only option available for me to work in FL would be to find jobs at the federal level. However, I have been searching online for such jobs and "a full course of law studies (JD degree)" is required for most attorney positions.

I would appreciate if you can advise me on this matter. Please feel free to correct or clarify the above information for me. THANKS!
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Florida is currently discussing adopting reciprocity similar to other states. So, this issue may resolve itself soon.

In the meantime, work for a firm in Florida that also has a NY office. They will be more flexible.

Florida is currently discussing adopting reciprocity similar to other states. So, this issue may resolve itself soon.

In the meantime, work for a firm in Florida that also has a NY office. They will be more flexible.
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