Online LLM Degree sufficient to sit in the New York state bar?


klaud1ne

I'm a practicing lawyer in my country and I intend to sit in the New York state bar. I did read, however, that foreign-trained lawyers from civil law countries will have to take an LLM in order to be qualified for the state bar. As I still have no intention of leaving my job but do want to pursue an online LLM, will the same satisfy the LLM requirement for the NY bar? N.B. I have an LLB. Please let me know if I'd gotten any information wrong. Thanks

I'm a practicing lawyer in my country and I intend to sit in the New York state bar. I did read, however, that foreign-trained lawyers from civil law countries will have to take an LLM in order to be qualified for the state bar. As I still have no intention of leaving my job but do want to pursue an online LLM, will the same satisfy the LLM requirement for the NY bar? N.B. I have an LLB. Please let me know if I'd gotten any information wrong. Thanks
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klaud1ne

This is helpful, thank you Nicholas :)

This is helpful, thank you Nicholas :)
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Seems like Nicholas has deleted their answer.

I'm in the same situation as klaud1ne, does anyone know of an online LLM that qualify foreign educated lawyers for the NY bar exam?

Seems like Nicholas has deleted their answer.

I'm in the same situation as klaud1ne, does anyone know of an online LLM that qualify foreign educated lawyers for the NY bar exam?
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No - See Rule 22 NYCRR 520.6 (http://www.nybarexam.org/rules/rules.htm#520.6)

§ 520.6 Study of Law in Foreign Country; Required Legal Education
. . . .
(b) Legal education. The applicant must satisfy the educational requirements of either paragraph (1) or (2) of this subdivision.
. . . .
(2) The applicant shall show admission to practice law in a country other than the United States whose jurisprudence is based upon principles of English Common Law, where admission was based upon a program of study in a law school and/or law office approved by the government or an authorized accrediting body in such country, or of a political subdivision thereof, and which satisfies the durational requirements of subparagraph (1)(i)(a) but does not satisfy the substantive requirements of subparagraph (1)(i)(b) of this subdivision, and that such applicant has successfully completed an LL.M. degree program at an American Bar Association approved law school in the United States meeting the requirements of subdivision (b)(3) of this section.
. . . .
(3) An LL.M. degree shall be satisfactory to qualify an applicant otherwise meeting the requirements of subsections (b)(1)(ii) or (b)(2) to take the New York State bar examination provided the following requirements are met:
. . . .
(v) all coursework for the program shall be completed at the campus of an American Bar Association approved law school in the United States, except as otherwise expressly permitted by subdivision (b)(3)(vii);
. . . .
(viii) No credit shall be allowed for correspondence courses, on-line courses, courses offered on DVD or other media, or other distance learning courses.

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No - See Rule 22 NYCRR 520.6 (http://www.nybarexam.org/rules/rules.htm#520.6)

[quote][b][u]§ 520.6 Study of Law in Foreign Country; Required Legal Education[/u][/b]
. . . .
(b) Legal education. The applicant must satisfy the educational requirements of either paragraph (1) or (2) of this subdivision.
. . . .
(2) The applicant shall show admission to practice law in a country other than the United States whose jurisprudence is based upon principles of English Common Law, where admission was based upon a program of study in a law school and/or law office approved by the government or an authorized accrediting body in such country, or of a political subdivision thereof, and which satisfies the durational requirements of subparagraph (1)(i)(a) but does not satisfy the substantive requirements of subparagraph (1)(i)(b) of this subdivision, and that such applicant has successfully completed an LL.M. degree program at an American Bar Association approved law school in the United States meeting the requirements of subdivision (b)(3) of this section.
. . . .
(3) An LL.M. degree shall be satisfactory to qualify an applicant otherwise meeting the requirements of subsections (b)(1)(ii) or (b)(2) to take the New York State bar examination provided the following requirements are met:
. . . .
(v) [b]all coursework for the program shall be completed at the campus[/b] of an American Bar Association approved law school in the United States, except as otherwise expressly permitted by subdivision (b)(3)(vii);
. . . .
(viii) [b]No credit shall be allowed for[/b] correspondence courses, [b]on-line courses[/b], courses offered on DVD or other media, or other distance learning courses.
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