The LL.M. program is not intended to prepare foreign lawyers to practice in the United States, and the LL.M. degree does not by itself constitute a credential that will qualify foreign lawyers to practice law in the United States. Each of the 50 states regulates the admissions of attorneys to the practice of law within its jurisdiction. The requirements for bar admission vary from state to state.
All applicants seeking admission to The Florida Bar must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school that will ultimately result in the awarding of a J.D. degree. A foreign attorney receiving the LL.M. degree, without later completing a J.D., cannot sit for The Florida Bar.
New York Bar
For students who plan on sitting for the New York Bar, the School of Law will attempt to do everything possible to provide a curriculum that meets the requirements of the New York Bar. Students must identify their interests in sitting for the New York Bar before registering for classes. Students should carefully weigh their individual reasons for studying for the LL.M., the costs of preparing for and taking the New York Bar, their likelihood of success, and the true professional benefits of being a member of the New York Bar before planning a course of study that makes them eligible to take the New York Bar and apply for the examination.
Law Students who received their first degree in law from a law school outside the United States must establish their eligibility to take the California Bar Examination by showing that their degree is equivalent to a Juris Doctor (JD) degree awarded by an American Bar Association (ABA) approved or California accredited law school in the United States and that they have successfully completed a year of law study at an ABA approved law school or a law school accredited by the Committee in the areas of law outlined in the California Bar Examiner Committee’s “Guidelines for Implementation of Chapter 2, Rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules.”
Foreign attorneys should communicate directly with the Board of Law Examiners of the state where they are interested in practicing. A directory of state bar admissions offices can be found on the National Conference of Bar Examiners websitealong with “The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions”.