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I've been accepted to an LLM program at ABA school. Also, I had my LLB degree evaluated from an approved agency on the California Bar Examiner list. Yes, I was admitted to program with the distance learning LLB and no I didn't have to be a lawyer to be admitted to the program.
The current rules are pretty clear. If you are a licensed attorney it can be common law or civil law you can sit for the Cali bar and by-pass taking the additional 1 yr education at ABA, California approved school, or the LLM. If you have a foreign law degree and not a lawyer then you will need to complete the additional education requirements. You also have to get your foreign law degree evaluated by one of the approved agencies on the California Bar Examiners list to determine your education equivalency.
I had my LLB evaluated from a credential evaluation agency that is on the California Bar Examiner list of approved evaluators. The results came back today and the overall summary of my evaluation is that my LLB from the UK is equivalent to a JD in the United States.
« on: November 15, 2014, 02:24:37 PM »
Washington State amended their bar admission rules. The rules are clear and to the point.
I will be graduating in a few weeks with my LLB and I started 3 yrs ago. I paid slightly under 5k for the entire program and was able to keep my six figure career. To sit for the bar exam in California, you will need a LLB and LLM to sit unless you are an licensed attorney it can be from a civil or common law country. Whether a 2 yr LLB degree will work check with the bar examiners. In the last 2 yrs more and more LLM in US / American Legal Studies programs are popping up that gear you to take Cali bar. Three years ago there was only one online LLM program in US studies available. USC has an online LLM program in American Legal Studies starting this fall and they have spring enrollments and the program can be completed in 12 mos. I also have a good friend they just passed the Cali bar on their 2nd try, they just received notice a few weeks ago and they have an online LLM from FCSL and they have a civil law LLB and they were not a lawyer prior to enrolling in the LLM program. I will reveal some additional info before the year is out that I will share.
My good friend was notified yesterday that they passed the Cali. They passed after their 2nd attempt. They said the bar prep course was a waste of time for them, the biggest help was hiring a tutor. My friend was a DL student.