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.

Students who opt to sit for a bar exam may be limited in their course selections. We encourage all students to discuss their course of study and the various requirements for their LL.M. and a bar exam with the Director of the Office of Graduate Studies.

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, Legal Ethics, and 6 credits (2 courses) of approved coursework which will vary by program and semester. Approved courses may include U.S. Business Law, U.S. Constitutional Law, U.S. Contracts, Family Law, and U.S. Criminal Law to name a few.

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 the NY bar exam. NY requires that all courses be completed in residence at AUWCL and will only accept 4 summer credits. No online courses are permitted and the entire LL.M. program must be completed within 24 months.

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.