Requirements for Qualified Lawyers in Foreign Jurisdictions:
If you are a qualified lawyer in your home jurisdiction, you may be eligible to take the California Bar Exam. You will need to pass the Bar exam and meet other requirements, such as completing a moral character application and completing the necessary educational and/or work experience requirements. These requirements can vary depending on your individual circumstances, so it's important to carefully review the eligibility criteria and application process for the California Bar Exam.
Requirements for Foreign Non-Lawyers:
Law students who received their first degree in law from a law school outside the U.S. must establish their eligibility to take the California Bar Examination by showing that their degrees are equivalent to a Juris Doctor (JD) degree awarded by an American Bar Association (ABA)-approved or California-accredited law school in the U.S.
They must also show that they have successfully completed an LL.M. degree from a law school in the United States that is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the State Bar of California's Committee of Bar Examiners.
It's important to note, however, that completing an LL.M. degree alone is not sufficient to qualify for the bar exam. There may be other requirements that must be met, such as completing additional coursework or work experience, and passing a character and fitness evaluation.
You will also need to submit a foreign law degree evaluation. For the California Bar, such evaluation is done by a third-party vendor. You can find the list of authorized vendors at the bottom of the page. This process may also be lengthy, and we highly recommend you submit your evaluation before you start your studies at McGeorge.
To learn more about the CA Bar Examination and the eligibility requirements, please visit the official website of the State Bar of California.