The ILSP LLM is designed to prepare students for practicing international law; however, after graduating from the program, many of our students sit for the New York bar exam. We urge students interested in taking a US bar exam to look at the “Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements,” which lists the bar eligibility requirements of the 50 states plus Washington DC. The guide is published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Information about the New York bar is available at www.nybarexam.org. Foreign students should pay particular attention to Rule 520.6 of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law. Foreign trained attorneys must submit an evaluation of their foreign credentials up to one year in advance of sitting for the New York bar exam.
Please note, the eligibility requirements for foreign trained lawyers recently changed. Students who are starting their LLM course of study in August, 2012 and who want to sit for the New York bar exam, will have to complete at least 12 credits of required classes including Legal Research and Writing, American Legal Institutions, US Business Law, Legal Ethics, and US Contracts Law. Because of these increased requirements, students who are opting to sit for the New York bar exam will be limited in their course options and may not be able to specialize. If you are interested in discussing your course of study and the various requirements for the LLM and the New York Bar, please contact Catherine Schenker, the ILSP academic advisor.