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I am interested in applying to British law schools in addition to North American ones. However, I want to be sure about the convenience of transferring my lawyer status from England to Ontario, New York and California.

I've tried contacting the British schools, and they told me to call/email the respective bar associations to inquire about transferring. Upon contacting each of the bar associations (ON, CA and NY), I realized that no one would give me a straight answer to my question, in order to leave their options of rejecting applicants open. However, I don't want to go ahead with it, if I'll have to go through more schooling upon passing the England bar school, upon my return to North America to practise. The standard reply I got from North American bar associations was "We evaluate it on a case-by-case basis, and can't let you know of a potential decision until you apply."

Does anyone have any idea of the feasibility of transferring law designations from England to Ontario, California and New York? I'm interested in the following law schools: Oxford, Cambridge, King's, UCL, LSE and SOAS.

Thanks in advance!

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Unfortunately, law degrees are NOT portable. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise hasn't tried.  You will be able to work with a JD in Europe and with a European degree in the US but you will always be restricted. You will have severe problems getting admitted to the local bar whereever you try. I know people with foreign degrees that came to the US, did an LLM and still ended up doing a JD finally because a JD was the only thing accepted, bottom line. Going the other way around doesn't work much either because for starters in most European countries a 3 year degree isn't good enough for admission to the bar.

Don't forget, you won't be knowing local law either, so there's no incentive for any local bar association to admit you readily.

Bottom line, you're better off studying law right away where you want to practice. If that's not to your liking, you might be better off studying for business or something else that is portable.

Thanks for being the only one to stick to the topic in the past 10 or so posts! And thanks for everyone's insights. I think I have a much better idea of what to do now that I've researched this more.

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Actually, it's not that I definitely want to work in NY or North America for that matter. Europe is where I want to end up in (I grew up there). I just wanted to 'keep my options open'. So yeah, it's the OTHER WAY AROUND.

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So it turns out that if I go to LSE, Oxford, Cambridge or any of the University of London schools, I can actually write the New York bar without any problems. However, my question is this: To become a lawyer in the UK, you go to school for 3 years, then do the LPC (Legal Practice Course) for a year, and then work as a trainee for a year or two. SO at what point can I write the New York bar? Right after the 3-year school term? Or do I have to wait until I become a solicitor or a barrister after going through the LPC and the trainee period?

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I am interested in applying to British law schools in addition to North American ones. However, I want to be sure about the convenience of transferring my lawyer status from England to Ontario, New York and California.

I've tried contacting the British schools, and they told me to call/email the respective bar associations to inquire about transferring. Upon contacting each of the bar associations (ON, CA and NY), I realized that no one would give me a straight answer to my question, in order to leave their options of rejecting applicants open. However, I don't want to go ahead with it, if I'll have to go through more schooling upon passing the England bar school, upon my return to North America to practise. The standard reply I got from North American bar associations was "We evaluate it on a case-by-case basis, and can't let you know of a potential decision until you apply."

Does anyone have any idea of the feasibility of transferring law designations from England to Ontario, California and New York? I'm interested in the following law schools: Oxford, Cambridge, King's, UCL, LSE and SOAS.

Thanks in advance!

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