California Bar Examination
LL.M. students with foreign bar membership wishing to take a bar exam in the U.S. should research the option of the California bar. While New York requires an LL.M. with a number of American law courses for many candidates [see eligibility discussion above], California is an appealing option for those lawyers who are admitted to practice law in jurisdictions outside the U.S.
Please see the California Bar information: http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=MK-p_BBvcAE%3D&tabid=265.
The subjects tested on the California bar exam are:
- Business Associations
- Civil Procedure
- Community Property
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law & Procedure
- Professional Responsibility [mandatory]
- Real Property
- Wills and Succession
The California Bar, however, is not a good option for a Georgetown Law LL.M. not yet admitted to practice outside the U.S. Students not admitted elsewhere must take an LL.M. in the U.S., and courses from four separate subjects tested on the California bar exam [a minimum of 12 credits]. Moreover, one of the courses must be Professional Responsibility that includes relevant sections of the California Business and Professions Code, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and leading federal and state case law on the subject. Georgetown's Professional Responsibility class does not meet that standard.
Georgetown Law LL.M. students not admitted to practice outside the United States who do not want to devote so much of their LL.M. study to courses required by the New York Bar have another option in California. Once admitted to the practice of law outside the U.S., you then become eligible for the California Bar Exam under those less restrictive rules discussed above. http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=MK-p_BBvcAE%3D&tabid=265.