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.