How an European can become a American lawyer?


HI all,
I just finish a law shool in Serbia. I have a strong wish to study in USA. I was exchange student years ago when i absolutely fell in love with the country and Its wonderful people.
I would like to know the fastest way a foreigner can get fully into the system.
My biggest wish is to live in USA and work in the field of law.
Should I apply for law shool in USA or is there a way to go through this more quickly for instance LLM?
Do you know which shool has the best programs for international students_

HI all,
I just finish a law shool in Serbia. I have a strong wish to study in USA. I was exchange student years ago when i absolutely fell in love with the country and Its wonderful people.
I would like to know the fastest way a foreigner can get fully into the system.
My biggest wish is to live in USA and work in the field of law.
Should I apply for law shool in USA or is there a way to go through this more quickly for instance LLM?
Do you know which shool has the best programs for international students_
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grumpyJD

Hi-- Where would you like to practice? The rules vary a bit depending on the state. Are you already qualified as a lawyer in Serbia?

Hi-- Where would you like to practice? The rules vary a bit depending on the state. Are you already qualified as a lawyer in Serbia?
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I just finish a law school. I am not a lawyer yet.
I would consider California.

I just finish a law school. I am not a lawyer yet.
I would consider California.
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grumpyJD

CA is a very hard bar exam but it's actually fairly open for foreign lawyers. If you are qualified to practice in Serbia, you can apply as a foreign lawyer. You need to get the moral character determination done, send evidence that you are in good standing with the bar in Serbia, get fingerprinted, get a Social Security Number or TIN...You also need to take the MPRE exam-- professional responsibility/ethics. The process is expensive and takes a few months. The bar exam is offered in July and February. The website is calbar.ca.gov

CA is a very hard bar exam but it's actually fairly open for foreign lawyers. If you are qualified to practice in Serbia, you can apply as a foreign lawyer. You need to get the moral character determination done, send evidence that you are in good standing with the bar in Serbia, get fingerprinted, get a Social Security Number or TIN...You also need to take the MPRE exam-- professional responsibility/ethics. The process is expensive and takes a few months. The bar exam is offered in July and February. The website is calbar.ca.gov
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The LLM is definitely the fastest route to practice law in the United States, but it puts you at an inherent disadvantage in the job market, as you will be competing with other lawyers who have received their JD, which is looked upon more favorably by law firms. A number of states, including Massachusetts, New York, California, Texas, DC, etc allow foreign lawyers to take their bar exam, with CA having the most lenient requirements. 

The LLM is definitely the fastest route to practice law in the United States, but it puts you at an inherent disadvantage in the job market, as you will be competing with other lawyers who have received their JD, which is looked upon more favorably by law firms. A number of states, including Massachusetts, New York, California, Texas, DC, etc allow foreign lawyers to take their bar exam, with CA having the most lenient requirements.&nbsp;<br><br>
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