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The point I just want to make  to folks interested in the foreign distance learning route is you can take the California Bar with LLB plus LLM.  My advise is to contact the Bar Examiners in each state that that is of interest.  Don't take my word or anybody on this site.  A lot of comments on here are mostly anti distance learning especially foreign distance learning  and they hate the fact that there are other alternatives to gain admission.  I  got my answers I needed from the California Bar Examiners.   There are LLM programs that specifically  gear their program for people who want to take the California Bar.  I can agree this site makes you think but at the end of  the day, get the information from the California Bar Examiners..  Regardless of what the haters say, you can take the California Bar exam and have a few other options as well.

You can sit for the bar in California with a UK degree LLB whether its online or ground along with ABA LLM or state accredited LLM as long as it has the required California courses.  The bar exam is basically your first year of law courses plus the California Professional Responsibility course.  The LLM in American Legal Sudies  or US Legal Studies all have the first year courses that are tested on the bar exam.

I spoke to the California Bar Examiners and the person I spoke to was the person that wrote the actual rules for the California Bar eligibility to sit for the Cali bar exam.  As long as you have a qualifying law degree that the foreign country recognized along with the ABA LLM or state accredited LLM along with the required courses you will be fine.  The person I spoke to said, they get these questions all the time from people trying to interpret the rules that they wrote.  There are several credentialing agencies that the California Bar examiners allow you to use and the evaluation form is pretty simple and straight forward form.  The option that most would fall under is the law degree a recognized qualifying law degree.  I asked all the questions that were on this forum, the questions that indicated that the California Bar Examiners would look down on.  Bottom line you can sit for the California Bar exam. 

I agree with you of the challenges that one will face going the distance learning route.  In my case, I'm not really concerned, I'm already established in my career, this something I just want to do without interrupting my career.  I hope to be licensed in 2 countries is my goal.  Once, I pass the bar in the United States, I plan to take the QLTT exams to become a solicitor in the UK.   The QLTT allows 22 jurisdictions in the United States to take their exams and California is one of those jurisdictions. Again, getting a legal education is just a goal of mine but I don't want to break the bank or disrupt the progress I've made just to get another degree and the debt that comes with it.

I spoke to the California Bar Examiner on 11/1/2012, the person I spoke with, is the person that wrote the California Bar Eligibilty Rules. Let me repeat, I spoke to the person that wrote the California Bar eligibility rules.  They were very helpful, they went over the requirements, and they walked me through everything regarding eligibility.  I asked would a distance learning llb qualify because it is silent and that it is not mentioned.  They said they wrote the rules and not to get caught up in the rules, they said they have the same conversation all the time with people.  They said no the distance learning llb is not mentioned.  They lead me to the evaluation form online and said that you have to prove your LLB is a first law degree period plus you need  either ABA LLM or a state accredited LLM with the required Califorinia courses.

I took your advice and called the California Bar Examiner and I'm glad I did because I got a chance to speak with the person who wrote the rules, no better person to make clarity.  So, that's all I need to hear, I hope the info I provided will help or encourage others that there are other avenues. As of today, you can have a distance learning LLB from the UK and a online ABA LLM or state accredited school with the required Cali courses, and as long as you can prove that it is a first law degree you will meet the requirements.  Call the California Bar examiners to get clarity that you need. I hope this info can be helpful to someone, because there are a lot of negativity on these boards, seek the knowledge for yourself and follow your dreams, when one door closes another opens.

The California bar examiners said don't get caught up in the rules, that yes, the rules doesnt mention distance learning LLB.  They said you have to prove that your foreign law degree is a first law degree period.  Below is the evaluation form that needs to be filled out.

I contacted the California Bar Examiners, they indicated that you need to prove through one of the evaluation services that you have obtain a first law degree from a foreign country.  I asked if a distance learning LLB degree would qualify.  They said that all you need is a first law degree, plus take a ABA LLM or a state accredited LLM that has the required California courses.

I  disagree, the online LLB plus the online LLM in American Legal Studies will work in California as of today. Yes, they are people that have taken the distance learning route in foreign law school plus a LLM from a ABA school that are lawyers.  Just as there are some that have read the law, they just not all out in the open on the internet with their info but they are plenty that are out there. 

LOL!  I can always count on you lol Yes, thats what the news article says, but I'm sure their application will say LLB or first law degree.  Articles on FCSL say the same thing but the actual application and all the other LLM schools in US / American Legal studies only require LLB degree except for John Marshall in Atlanta.  There currently is no info on the exact requirements on their web-site regarding the online LLM program without registering on their site.

ABA Journal article published in 2012 - short article on Online University of Washington LLM program in American Legal studies.  The Online LLM program is set to launch in 2013.  Newspaper article says Online LLM program will probably allow graduates to take California bar.  Online Program doesn't launch till 2013,

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