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The US admits non-US educated law graduates and lawyers to certain state bar memberships if they wish to become US attorneys. If you hold an undergraduate LLB law degree from a UK university, you may be eligible to sit for the New York Bar exam. If you are a qualified lawyer in any jurisdiction, you may be eligible to sit for the California Bar exam. Either way, BARBRI do not have a training contract/pupillage requirement.

Why Pursue the US Bar?

  • It’s an innovative way to distinguish yourself, meaning you will set yourself apart from your peers.
  • Nearly 30% of all international transactions are governed under either English or New York law, so understanding and being qualified in another jurisdiction is relevant for a truly international career.
  • It’s time effective – you could complete the preparatory programme in as little as 6 months.
  • You will also improve your employability and global career enhancement. This will increase your long-term earning potential and mark yourself as attractive to employers with this unique added-value qualification.

The Current US Bar Exam Formats

The New York Bar Exam consists of:

  • The 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
  • Multistate Multiple Choice Questions (MBE), Essays (MEE) and Performance Test (MPT)
  • Online New York law course (NYLC) and exam (NYLE)

Whilst the California Bar Exam consists of:

  • The 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
  • Multistate Multiple Choice Questions (MBE), Essays (MEE) and Performance Test (MPT)

All applicants must also take the MPRE ethics exam before or after sitting the New York Bar Exam or the California Bar Exam.

On successful completion of the exams, you are a qualified US attorney!

Why Prepare With BARBRI?

  • BARBRI have 50 years of experience preparing over 30,000 law graduates and lawyers per year for all 50 state bar exams. They currently have an alumni network of 1.3 million people!
  • They have a specialist and unique offering for non-US law graduates to prepare them for New York and California Bar exams.
  • BARBRI create a Personal Study Plan which is tailored to your specific needs. For those who completed over 75% of the Personal Study Plan, 73% of them passed the bar.
  • They have flexible course durations and timings so you can more easily balance study and working life.
  • They use exam-focussed pre-recorded law lectures delivered by top US law professors.
  • Each student is appointed qualified US mentors.

 

 

BARBRI also offer a number of exciting tools to help you with your studies:

  • BARBRI AMP – there’s the opportunity to learn the black letter law through the use of tools which are designed with gaming technology underpinning them.
  • The BARBRI Mobile app – you can access all your content through BARBRI’s app which allows you to learn on the move.
  • Essay Architect – you can learn this technique through practice with drag and drop functionality to enhance your approach to essay writing.
  • Foundations in US Law – designed specifically for non-US law graduates, learn the concepts and key elements of US law to provide you with the foundation for the rest of the programme, leading to a career as a US attorney.
  • Simulated exams – BARBRI’s programmes provide you with the opportunity to sit two simulated examinations to give you a taster of the real thing.

Bar Review Course Details

Bar Exam Dates: Every February and July

Duration and Study Time:

  • 6 month programme (February/September):
    Starts 6 months prior to desired bar exam date
    Study 20-30 hours per week
  • 10 month programme (April/September):
    Start 10 months prior to desired bar exam date
    Study 10-15 hours per week

Study Options:

  • Home study with one-to-one support
  • Classroom-based attendance (London, Dublin, Dubai, Paris and Belfast)

Fees:

  • Home Study: $5995
  • Classroom programme: $6295
  • Flexible payment plans

What You Receive Upon Enrolment:

  • Foundations in US Law
  • All study materials

Next Steps

  • Download BARBRI’s free Bar Exam Digest:
    A comprehensive guide to eligibility, the Bar Exams, and their offerings
  • Attend a BARBRI 1:1 consultation over Skype:
    Their 1:1’s are the perfect way to ensure your personal needs are met. Register here.
  • Attend a BARBRI open day or taster session:
    Come and hear from their US qualified lawyers about how you will learn on our programme and the benefits of becoming a US qualified attorney. Register here.

 

For any general enquiries, please email: internationalenquiries@barbri.com

For more information, visit BARBRI’s website.

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