U.S. State Bar Eligibility

A U.S. qualification is more achievable than you might have first thought as 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.

Candidates are not required to learn and recite case law or statutory provisions, which is a real advantage for non-U.S. educated candidates. Rather, exams are designed to test candidates’ ability to think like a lawyer. Candidates are required to know what the legal rule is, and how it should properly be applied to a hypothetical problem situation.

You must factor eligibility, the type of career you want to have, the type of law you want to practise and the state exam that will best help you achieve your goals.

We encourage candidates to attend an Open Day, or speak to a BARBRI International team member prior to programme enrolment so that we can ensure that you understand the steps required to establish your eligibility, that you are available to study for and sit the bar examination.

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