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To be eligible for the New York Bar Exam, foreign applicants must have completed a three-year or four-year full-time, on-campus, qualifying common law degree. For example, an English/Irish law degree is accepted by the New York Board of Law Examiners. The curriculum needs to be on campus and amount to 166 European Credit Transfer System credits.
If a foreign applicant has completed a civil law degree, then they will need to have completed one-year, full-time LL.M. in the United States at an ABA-accredited law school. The LL.M. does need to fulfill certain classes, subjects and credits to be eligible for the bar exam.
However, law degrees from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are not accepted. These applicants will also need to complete the one-year LL.M. in the United States to cure the deficiency to be eligible for the New York Bar Exam.
Visit this page to learn more about U.S. bar exam foreign eligibility and requirements.
Candidates who have completed a two-year accelerated LL.B. in the UK, or a dual-modular degree (Law with Politics, Law with French, for example) may have difficulties securing eligibility. This is because with accelerated degrees, candidates must have completed the degree in three years.
We have found that those applicants who have completed a postgraduate common law qualification (such as a UK LL.M., LPC/BPTC), may then file a persuasive eligibility application to be eligible for the New York Bar Exam. Dual-modular degrees are difficult because the law modules must meet 166 European Credit Transfer System credits. Again, those applicants whom have completed a postgraduate common law qualification, such as a UK LL.M. or LPC/BPTC, may be eligible for the New York Bar Exam.
Unfortunately, those candidates are not eligible for the New York Bar Exam. The New York Board of Law Examiners has a ruling whereby applicants who have completed the GDL and the LPC or the BPTC must first qualify as solicitors or barristers by way of a training contract or pupillage. The applicant must then complete a one-year LL.M. in the States at an accredited law school to be eligible for the New York Bar Exam.
Generally, any qualified lawyer in good standing anywhere in the world is eligible to sit the California Bar Exam. So long as the attorney can produce a certificate of good standing and a home jurisdiction practice certificate, the California Bar Exam is available. In addition, an international law student may become eligible for the California Bar by completing a one-year LL.M. at a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) or accredited by the state of California. In practice, this means completing an LL.M. in the United States. Equally, an online LL.M. from a U.S. law school is also eligible for the California Bar Exam.
To qualify as a New York attorney, you need to:
- Pass the New York Bar Exam
- Pass the MPRE – Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam
- Pass the NYLC and NYLE – New York Law Course and New York Law Exam
- And have 50 hours of supervised pro bono work
To qualify as a California attorney, you need to:
- Pass the California Bar Exam
- Pass the MPRE – Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam
There is no particular visa required to travel to the United States to sit for a U.S. bar exam. Traveling on a normal tourist visa is sufficient.
Yes, is the short answer; however, the reality is United States immigration law is tough. For those who wish to relocate to New York and practice after New York qualification (and for California after California qualification), a firm or employer is required to sponsor their work visa.
Without completing a law degree from an accredited law school in the U.S., becoming qualified in most state jurisdictions is not available, even while being qualified in New York or California.
The New York Bar Exam has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam, which many states have adopted to date. The UBE is a standardized bar exam created by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). It is designed to test knowledge and skills that every lawyer should have before becoming licensed to practice law.
The Uniform Bar Examination provides a standardized bar exam, and examinees who take the UBE earn a portable score that can be transferred to seek admission in other UBE jurisdictions. However, foreign applicants without a U.S. law school education (without a J.D. gained over three years of U.S. law school) cannot waive into another UBE state and qualify there.
California is a state-specific bar exam which means that once you qualify in California, you can only practice as an attorney in California.
Bar exam formats vary by state. For more information about U.S. bar exam formats, please visit this page.
Your full BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep Personal Study Plan (PSP) will be available on the course start date, which varies based on the course duration you select and the bar exam for which you are studying (February or July):
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Eight weeks prior to your official course start date, you are able to gain access to “The Foundations in U.S. Law”, which is a 90-hour course providing the basic building blocks in the areas of U.S. Law you will be studying in the main course. This is particularly beneficial to students who have not completed their law education in the US. You must have paid part or all of your fees before you can gain access to the Foundations course.
Once your BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar prep course starts, you will be able to see all assignments available to you for the entire course.
The course lasts 6 or 10 months. The average student should expect to spend on average between 20-25 hours per week for the 6-month course or 10-15 hours per week for the 10-month course studying. Each week, you may study the specific days, hours per day, and time of day that work best for your schedule.
You will receive your full schedule with your welcome pack just before your course starts. The course is on-demand, so your personal online schedule will adjust based on how much work you complete each week.
You can complete 100% of your BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep course online anywhere in the world as long as you have a strong, stable internet connection.
You may wish to attend extra live online study skill workshops provided by the BARBRI mentor team and repeated a few times to cater for different time zones.
You can select a classroom location (subject to demand and availability) in London, Dubai, Paris, Dublin or Durham. Within the classroom sessions, you will work with your classmates and BARBRI facilitator on techniques to maximize your performance in the exam. These will be supplemental to the BARBRI Extended US Bar course assignments.
Whichever option you select, you will receive the exact same efficient and effective lectures from renowned U.S. law professors. You will have access to watch or re-watch lectures online, on-demand regardless of the location you select.
When enrolling in the BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep course, you can select a classroom location (subject to demand and availability) in London, Dubai, Paris, Dublin or Durham. Within the classroom sessions, you will work with your classmates and BARBRI facilitator on techniques to maximize your performance in the exam. These will be supplemental to the other course assignments.
Whether attending a classroom location or watching lectures online, you will receive the same efficient and effective lectures and content delivered by renowned U.S. law professors.
Yes, the classroom workshops are an extra $300 on top of the BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep online home study course fees.
You can defer your Extended U.S. Bar Prep course studies once, to a later course, provided you do so before the original exam you intended to sit. The deferral fee is $295 and is payable to confirm the deferral. You can only defer on your original course.
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Absolutely! We highly recommend it.
Eight weeks prior to your official BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep course start date, you can gain access to “The Foundations in U.S. Law”, which is a 90-hour course providing the basic building blocks in the areas of U.S. Law you will be studying in the main course. This is particularly beneficial to students who have not completed their law education in the U.S. You must have paid part or all of your fees before you can gain access to the Foundations course.
The BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep course is very flexible, and allows you to study when and where you study best over the 6- or 10-month duration during which the course is assigning work. Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, BARBRI is ready to go when you are.
Your BARBRI Personal Study Plan (PSP) adjusts to you as you work. Your PSP is driven by an engine called ISAAC, your Intuitive Study Assistant And Coach, that knows what is most likely to be tested on the exam (what’s most important) and it gets to know you. If you spend less time studying one day, ISAAC adjusts your PSP and reassigns recommended assignments to ensure you are always focused on the most impactful assignments to get you the most points on your bar exam.
While your study time, days and location are extremely flexible, studying for the bar exam requires time and commitment. You should plan on spending the recommended hours per week over 6-10 months studying for the bar exam. It can be difficult to catch up should you fall too far behind.
If you have a BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep account, you can Sign in to My Account – Make Payment and view your complete financial summary and payment options.
BARBRI offers students the opportunity to pay their fees in full or via a payment plan depending on your course length. You can find details here.
Your payment plan will be interest-free when you pay with a debit or credit card. It is not a loan, so no credit check is required.
BARBRI accepts American Express, MasterCard, Discover and VISA.
Bank transfers in USD are also accepted. If paying by bank transfer, please respond to your invoice requesting the details. When making the payment, please include your BARBRI ID number in the reference line.
We also accept payments in your own currency through our payment partner transfermate.
BARBRI has a direct billing relationship with over 1,000 law firms. You can specify the employer that you’d like us to invoice during enrollment.
Once you have requested that BARBRI directly bill a law firm for your bar review course, the selected firm will receive an invoice for your balance due.
Year after year, BARBRI supports thousands of students who seek to change the world. Last year alone, BARBRI awarded over $4.5M in scholarships to public interest students and other world-changers.
To apply for a BARBRI Public Interest Scholarship, while they are available, submit your application. (new link to Extended Public Interest page). If selected, you will receive a discount on your BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep course tuition.
Yes, we will send your books to the address you include on your BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep enrollment form. There are no additional fees for international shipping.
When enrolled in the BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep course, BARBRI books are couriered via FedEx International Priority (included in the course price). They are typically not taxed at customs.
Hard copy materials are available to request shipping in February for the following February and April BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep courses.
Hard copy materials are available to request shipping in February for the following September BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep courses.
BARBRI course materials will be sent via UPS Ground based in the U.S., and will be sent via FedEx priority if based outside of the U.S. Course payment is required prior to shipping books.
Please contact BARBRI UK Customer Service at email@example.com or +44 (0) 20 3855 0162 between 9 AM – 6 PM GMT if you have questions or need help with ordering or shipping materials.
The specific materials you will receive vary state-by-state. When you receive your materials, carefully compare the contents to the checklist.
When enrolling in Extended U.S. Bar Prep, you are not required to pay a refundable book deposit and are not required to return your books.
For Extended U.S. Bar Prep students, your books and shipping are included in your fees.
The length of BARBRI lectures depends on the subject. Lectures are segmented into subtopics, so you may choose to watch a lecture in its entirely in one setting (typically 3-4 total hours) or watch/re-watch specific segments only.
Yes, BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep is designed to prepare students to pass the bar in all U.S. states and jurisdictions. If state-specific content is tested on your bar exam, it is covered in your course.
The short answer is that, within your BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep course, we will grade as many essays as you want to submit. However, your Personal Study Plan provides a Directed Essay Grading approach. To understand that, let’s first talk about the strategy of essay writing for the bar exam.
During bar study, your goal is to learn to write the best bar exam essays possible, as quickly as possible. And writing essays for the bar exam is very different than writing essays for law school.
As we’ve worked with students, we’ve seen that submitting practice essay after essay with no initial guidance and delayed feedback reinforces bad habits and wastes time. For this reason, a purely “unlimited” essay grading system can actually stunt your progress.
We don’t want that for our students, so BARBRI has a better answer with proven results: Directed Essay Grading.
It starts with Essay Architect, our exclusive online instruction platform that takes you through a series of steps to learn to critically read bar exam questions, enhance the speed of your essay writing and construct strong, winning answers. Essay Architect provides immediate feedback to build your essay writing skills quickly.
Then, we assign a carefully selected series of past bar exam essays and performance tests for grading and feedback from trained bar exam writing experts. You’ll also receive many more essays for practice and self-grading.
If after taking advantage of those assignments you want additional essays graded, we’re happy to grade more. You can simply work with your BARBRI Mentor to get personal, 1:1 help, all free of charge. Your mentor will grade any extra essays themselves if time permits, otherwise they will assign them to another BARBRI grader.
You’ll have access to over 2,500 MBE questions throughout your BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep course. However, we don’t believe that this is quite the right question – or at least not the entire question – to be asking.
As with many things, it’s not just the quantity, it’s the quality and the methodology that matters. This is such an important topic, that we have an entire blog dedicated to this topic that you can read here.
When it comes to real released MBE questions, BARBRI has released questions – and we assign select questions that have been vetted to ensure they represent areas most likely to be tested. As a general rule, we don’t recommend focusing too much on released MBE questions.
Questions that have been released by the examiners will not appear in any future MBE because the scoring data for those questions would not be reliable. And, because only about 80 questions per subject have been released in the past 10 years, released questions don’t provide a good representation of the topics that are most likely to actually appear on the exam. Focusing primarily on real released MBE questions is another way some bar preppers misuse precious, limited study time.
The vast majority of BARBRI’s questions have been developed by BARBRI subject matter experts to test on the most important, most frequently tested topic areas – the same way the bar examiners do. These questions have been drafted after careful review of actual MBE questions and have been approved by professors who are experts in those subjects.
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Yes, you are able to submit substantive question during your course through your Personal Study Plan.
Questions are answered by BARBRI attorneys and, in most instances, within 48 hours via email or phone.
Your BARBRI Mentor will not be the one answering your substantive law questions, as their expertise is advising you on study tips, learning and exam techniques, and motivation.
If you take a BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep course for the first time for a particular state and you do not pass that state's bar exam, you may retake the same course online once for the same state the next time the course is offered without paying additional tuition.
To enroll, please fill out a new Guarantee enrollment form by clicking here.
Your Guarantee course is available for a course starting within 12 months of receiving your results and does not include any upgrades, including supplemental workshops or a second set of books.
If you wish to purchase a new set of books for your Guarantee course, you can do this for $295 including shipping.
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Access to the course content will conclude the Monday after the bar exam is administered.
For all BARBRI courses and tuition types, you may cancel your enrollment within 14 days of receiving your invoice. You will be refunded all fees minus a $295 administration fee. The fees must be returned to the card you made payment on.
If your books have already been shipped, you will be required to return them at your own cost to your nearest BARBRI office before the refund can be processed.
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