You may already be eligible to sit for a U.S. Bar Exam and qualify as a U.S. Attorney. Select from a 6- or 10-month course duration to study part-time for the New York / UBE or California Bar Exam.

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Why Become a U.S. Attorney

Passing a U.S. state bar exam and becoming a licensed American attorney adds prestige and valuable credentials to your C.V. or resume. It gives you the capability and expertise to work with international clients, deal with cross-border transactions, and understand the differences between U.S. and international law.

You also may be eligible for positions in specialized areas such as consulting, international arbitration, international human rights, corporate in-house counsel for international business and more.

Watch this video to learn how BARBRI can help you start your international legal career today.

You May Already Be Eligible to Sit a U.S. Bar Exam

U.S. state bar examinations take place in February and July each year. New York and California operate a relatively open policy in permitting foreign law graduates or lawyers to sit their bar examinations and do not impose restrictions to admission on grounds of nationality or residence.

Graduates with a three- or four-year common law degree may be immediately eligible to apply to sit the New York bar examination. Qualified lawyers can apply to take the California Bar Exam, and this includes qualified lawyers who have a civil law background or are qualified in their home jurisdiction through an alternative pathway.

Study Anywhere in the World: BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Preparation Course

Innovative testing and learning technologies combined with years of experience training U.S. and non-U.S. lawyers and law graduates make BARBRI the best partner when you decide to enhance your career by passing a U.S. Bar Exam and becoming a U.S. attorney.

Whether you’re a qualified lawyer in a jurisdiction outside of the U.S considering sitting a U.S. state bar exam, an LL.M. student at U.S. law school or just need more time to study due to other commitments, the Extended U.S. Bar Preparation course offers the support and flexibility you need to pass the New York / Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) or California Bar Exam.

Online Personal Study Plan

Your online Personal Study Plan, your weekly to-do list, is curated by an engine we call ISAAC: Intuitive Study Assistant and Coach. ISAAC combines algorithms and 50+ years of bar exam expertise to focus your attention on what’s most likely to be tested as it also gets to know you.

Flexible Study Options

Study for the New York / Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) or California Bar Exam over a 6- or 10-month duration. Study 100% online or attend one of the blended classroom locations around the world. A typical student in the 6-month course will study 20-25 hours per week. Students in the 10-month course average about 10-15 study hours per week.

1:1 Personal Mentor

All BARBRI Extended U.S Bar Prep course students receive guidance through the Foreign Evaluation of Credentials and bar exam application process as needed. Additionally, you are assigned an individual, personal U.S. qualified attorney mentor who serves as your personal coach throughout your bar exam preparation.

76% of non-U.S. educated students who completed 80%+ BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep course work passed a U.S . bar exam.

Tailored for non-U.S. law graduates

Expertise of Prominent U.S. Law Professors

Most Innovative and Efficient Techniques

1:1 Bar Exam Eligibility and Advice

Blended Classroom VS Home Study

  • Blended Classroom Lecture
  • Recommended for candidates desiring structure, regular face-to-face contact and who can study approx. 20-25 hours / per week over 6-months
  • Live course components, led by U.S. attorney qualified facilitators, complement online learning and serve as an opportunity for additional guidance and local support (in addition to 1:1 Personal Mentor)
  • Pre-recorded lectures, delivered by expert American law school professors, are shown and discussed in the classroom and accessible online via your BARBRI Personal Study Plan
  • Offered in London, Durham, Dublin, Dubai and Paris based on demand. Sessions held on Friday evening / Saturday or Thursday evening / Friday in the Middle East
  • Study approx. 20-25 hours / week over 6-month
  • 100% Online Home Study
  • Recommended for candidates who need more flexible study options or cannot attend a blended classroom lecture course due to location or schedule conflicts
  • Your 1:1 Personal Mentor will schedule individual, regular check-ins, conduct livestream workshops, provide tips, and help with any problem areas including course customization if necessary
  • Pre-recorded lectures, delivered by expert American law school professors, are accessible online via your BARBRI Personal Study Plan
  • Encouraged to attend physical venues for mock exams / simulations
  • Study approx. 20-25 hours / week over 6-months OR
    Study approx. 10-15 hours / week over 10-months


BARBRI is the largest U.S. bar preparation and legal education company in the world with an alumni network of 1.3 million. We have a 50-year history of improving learning techniques through innovation and helping students learn the law and legal concepts.

Free Bar Exam Digest Download

Includes information about the New York and California Bar Exam, including format, subjects tested, fees, deadlines and information relevant to foreign trained applications.

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I discovered that I wouldn’t have done a lot of things later in professional life if I hadn’t gained the U.S. qualification. It’s invaluable.

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