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I could be wrong but this process looks like it is geared towards attorneys who have a non ABA degree and are already licensed in a US or foreign jurisdiction.

Evidence of experience in the full-time practice of law.  Such evidence should include, but is not be limited to, a sworn affidavit detailing the nature and extent of your legal work experience during the time you claim to have engaged in the full-time practice of law; legal memoranda prepared by you; copies of published cases resulting from pleadings and papers filed by you in your capacity as an attorney; and/or letters of reference from the bench and bar in the jurisdiction in which you have been engaged in the practice of law

Guam - No, ABA chart is wrong

DC - definitely yes -

Go for it, DC is one of the best jurisdictions in the nations.

It's called the National Conference of Bar Examiners.  Their website is

Click on the Publications tab.  The book that has the chart is available for download.  The title of the book is The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.

NY is for graduates of unapproved schools who are already lawyers.

According to the ABA Chart - graduates of unapproved (non DL) law schools (not state of ABA approved) may be eligible to take the bar in:

DC: Graduates of non-ABA-approved law
schools can write the exam if they have successfully
completed at least 26 semester hours in subjects
tested on the DC bar exam from an ABA-approved
law school.

Looks like possibly also Guam but I have no further details on that.

You would need to follow up with the Bar examiners in each jurisdiction for the details and ins and outs.

Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Non-Bar Law Degree
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:34:52 AM »
I agree in California, the law school won't make any difference if you have a post bar exam plan.  Real clients could care less about the attorney's education, they only want the job done economically.

Usually to do this, you have to study under an attorney or judge for a few years.

Actually never seen anyone get a license this way, who would want to be a slave to a judge or a lawyer for years, yuck!

Petitioning is the way to go, the Bar Examiners are usually unhelpful.

Barkley closed in 2008.  Do you have a diploma? 

If so, I may have solution for you.

Look at the stats 47% of lawyers in private practice in California are solo, down from 54% a few  years back. I suspect another 25% in private practice are small firms, 2-5 lawyers. So unless you are going to work for the government, chances are you will be in the above categories.  Why not hang out a shingle?  You will be no less incompetent than most attorneys. As for your cohort in law school, they are typical scared of their own shadow type, don't want to mingle with indigents, would be lawyers who would faint dead away if they had to come face to face with a real client like a crank head, child molestor, SSI applicant, or angry divorced parent.

But you can be proactive:

All law schools offer some sort of practical experience - better sign up for it and attend courts in your spare time. You'll learn more about law hanging around the court house than from some pendantic so called law professor, who has the same JD you will you have. Also memorize Black's Law Dictionary, especially archaic Latin phrases and read everything by or about Gerry Spence, Louis Nizer, F. Lee Bailey and Melvin Belli. Also when you start practicing buy a largest ostentious fake gold plated Rolex, it instills confidence in clients no matter how inexperienced and pathetic you may look.

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