Professional Licensure and Bar Examinations in the United States—LL.M. Students
Per U.S. Federal Regulations, Georgetown University Law Center (Georgetown Law) provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification.
Executive (Online) Programs
Georgetown Law’s online programs, which include the Executive LLM in Taxation, Executive LLM in Securities & Financial Regulation, MSL in Taxation, and Certificates in International Tax and State and Local Tax, are not designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification or to qualify a student to sit for the bar exam in any state or jurisdiction.
Residential Programs for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
The requirements for Georgetown Law’s LL.M. degrees are not designed to satisfy the legal education requirements to qualify foreign-trained lawyers to sit for the bar exam in any state and meeting the degree requirements alone will not satisfy state bar eligibility requirements. Students interested in using their Georgetown Law LL.M. degree to qualify for the bar exam should review the U.S. Bar Examination Information for Foreign Trained Lawyers and meet with their program director to discuss their course selection. Georgetown Law cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements outside of its educational programming.
Most U.S. states require a J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school to be eligible for professional licensure. Some states allow students who completed their legal education in a foreign country to take the bar exam, subject to certain conditions, which can include an LL.M. degree at an ABA-approved law school. Foreign-trained LL.M. students who intend to take a U.S. bar exam must review the applicable rules and regulations to determine whether they meet the requirements to obtain professional licensure in a specific state.
The Law Center has determined that its residential LL.M. degree programs, which include the General LL.M. degree for foreign-trained lawyers and the specialized LL.M. degrees in Environmental and Energy Law, National and Global Health Law, International Business and Economic Law, National Security Law, Taxation, and Technology and Policy, can qualify eligible foreign-trained students to sit for the bar exam in New York, provided students select qualifying elective courses for their degree. The LL.M. degree in Global Health Law and Governance will not qualify a student to sit for the bar exam in New York.
Georgetown Law has determined that its General LL.M. degrees for foreign-trained lawyers can qualify eligible foreign-trained students to sit for the bar exam in the District of Columbia, provided they select qualifying elective courses for their degree. Georgetown Law’s specialized LL.M. degree programs will not qualify a student to sit for the bar exam in the District of Columbia.
Georgetown Law has not determined whether its residential LL.M. degree programs can qualify eligible foreign-trained students to sit for the bar exam in any of the following states or jurisdictions: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands.
This disclosure does not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny your application. Furthermore, this disclosure does not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect your application for licensure and occur after beginning the LL.M. program. Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity using the links provided to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.
All students are encouraged to review the National Council of Bar Examiners’ Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements and to contact the state bar authority directly for further information.