Graduate Affairs for LLM and Exchange Students

Bar Examination for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

§520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR) governs the eligibility of foreign trained lawyers for the NY bar. You will find the full text of §520.6 here. While no one at NYU School of Law can speak on behalf of the NY Court of Appeals, we try to guide students through the process of determining NY Bar eligibility. 

For an overview of NY bar eligibility and NY bar admission requirements,  please visit the Law School's web page on Bar Exam Rules for Foreign-Trained Students and the section on NY Bar Eligibility and Steps to NY Bar Admission in the LLM Student Handbook.While some students from common law countries will be found eligible to sit for the NY bar on the basis of their first law degree, many students will need both to complete the LLM degree and take particular classes during the degree in order to establish NY bar eligibility.  The list of NYU Classes that count toward these requirements can be found on the Law School's website.

Other State Bar Exams

If you are interested in taking the bar exam of a state other than New York, you should carefully review bar eligibility requirements in that jurisdiction.  For information about state bar requirements, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.