U.S. Bar Exam Information
The LL.M. Programs are not specifically designed as a U.S. bar exam preparation course; however, after graduating from the program, many of our students sit for the New York bar exam. We urge students interested in taking a U.S. bar exam to review the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, which lists the bar eligibility requirements of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The guide is published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
New York Bar Exam Track
Information about the New York bar is available at www.nybarexam.org. Foreign-trained attorneys should pay particular attention to Rule 520.6 of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law and to the pre-LL.M. education requirements. 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.
Foreign-trained LL.M. students who wish to take the New York Bar Exam must complete at least 12 credits of required classes of the 24 credits needed for the LL.M. degree.
All students must take American Legal Institutions, Legal Research and Writing, and Legal Ethics as well as 6 credits of approved coursework which will vary by program and semester. Approved courses may include U.S. Business Law, U.S. Constitutional Law, and U.S. Criminal Law to name a few. For a complete list of approved courses for each program, please visit the individual program websites.
Because of these increased requirements, students who are opting to sit for the New York bar exam may be limited in their other course selections. We encourage all students to discuss your course of study and the various requirements for the LL.M. and the New York Bar with your academic advisor.
Washington D.C. Bar Exam Track
The DC Bar is considering changing its eligibility rules for foreign trained lawyers.A comparison of the current rules and the proposed rules can be found on the DC Bar website: https://www.dcbar.org/about-the-bar/news/global-legal-practice-task-force-2017-report-recommendations.cfm.We will keep students updated as we learn of the DC Court of Appeal’s decision.
Please Note: Due to the online component, students who receive the LL.M. in International Human Rights & Humanitarian Law will not be eligible to sit for a bar exam. All courses must be completed in residence at WCL in order to qualify for the bar exam. The New York bar only allows 4 summer credits to be applied towards the degree. No online courses are permitted and the entire LL.M. program must be completed within 24 months.