The examination is administered by the Supervisors of the different local circuits in each State. Candidates wishing to be licensed as foreign lawyers must first obtain a Bachelors degree from an accredited law school. They must then pass the board exam, which is a multi-step test that assesses candidates on all areas of the law. Once foreign lawyers pass the exam, they are awarded a Law Degree and become eligible to practice in all fifty States.
The board of examiners retains jurisdiction over the admission of new lawyers, as well as the removal of lawyers practicing in the field. Applying to take the bar examination is a fairly simple process that involves filling out the necessary forms, receiving permission to attend the board-approved Lawyer Referral and Supervision Program (also referred to as the bar examination) and passing the board examinations. Prior to taking the bar examination, attorneys should meet the requirements set forth in their respective state and pass the appropriate national certification exams. In many states, foreign lawyers may also be required to participate in the program. Many states offer certification exams that can be re-taken multiple times to refresh one’s knowledge.
Becoming a member of the board of legal examiners requires completion of an educational program that includes courses in business, law and ethics, and subject matters pertinent to practicing as a foreign lawyer in the United States. At the end of the ll.m. program, the candidate must successfully complete the bar examination. Attorneys may continue their education through continuing education units or CLEP study programs.
Becoming a member of the board of legal examiners requires that the individual be a U.S. citizen who has passed the Bar exam and is currently in good standing with the American Bar Association. Members of the ll.m. Program will receive special assistance in preparing for the Bar exam, and have access to the latest resources, including complimentary online legal education resources. Students of the International ll.m. School will also have opportunities to work with the best practicing attorneys in the country, providing them with experience in passing the international bar examination.
After completing the coursework at the International ll.m. School, bar examiners are mailed the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, which is required for passing the examination. In order to expedite the process of becoming a practicing attorney in the United States, applicants need to pass the LSAT. Law school students must also pass the state bar exam.
The American Bar Association publishes a list of highly regarded law schools that offer the courses needed to become a practicing attorney in the United States. Applicants can research this list, visit the websites of each school, and take a test to determine which ones they prefer. The list contains the names, contact information, and types of courses offered at each law school. Prospective students can apply to become members of the board of legal examiners by paying the fee required by the ABA.
Once a candidate has successfully completed the LSAT and passed the bar examination, they will be assigned an examiner. Applicants can then reapply for admission to the same law school if they wish to pursue a career as an attorney. Each year, there will be a limited number of spots available. Successfully completing the necessary courses and passing the examination is prerequisite to being assigned a spot. In order to be sure of a spot, applicants must pay the fee required by the state bar association and complete all tests and exams.