Bar Exams

The ILSP LLM is designed to prepare students for practicing international law; however, after graduating from the program, some of our students sit for the NY 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 publication is available on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website: http://www.ncbex.org/assets/media_files/Comp-Guide/CompGuide.pdf

Specific information about the NY 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 NY bar exam. The NY bar exam is offered twice a year. If you plan to sit for the exam in July, you must submit the evaluation form by October 1 of the year before. If you plan to sit for the exam in February, you must submit the evaluation form by May 1 of the year before. Because of these requirements, students who are opting to sit for the NY 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 NY Bar, please contact Catherine Schenker, the ILSP academic advisor.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Foreign-trained lawyers who wish to take the NY bar exam will have to complete at least 12 credits of required classes including Legal Research and Writing, American Legal Institutions, Legal Ethics, and 2 courses in subjects tested on the bar exam. US Business Law, US Contracts, US Constitutional Law, and US Criminal Law will meet this requirement. Legal Research and Writing and American Legal Institutions must be taken in your first semester.

Required Courses:

  • American Legal Institutions (2 credits; offered Fall or Spring)
  • Legal Research & Writing (2 credits; offered Fall or Spring)
  • Legal Ethics (2 credits; offered Spring or Summer)

At least 6 credits from the following approved courses:

  • U.S. Business Law (3 credits; offered Fall or Spring)
  • U.S. Contracts Law (4 credits; offered Spring)
  • U.S. Constitutional Law (3 credits; offered Fall)
  • U.S. Criminal Law (3 credits; offered Fall)

Other approved courses may be eligible dependent on the semester.