Bar Information for Foreign Students


Emory’s curriculum allows you to meet the requirements to sit for the New York bar exam and other bar exams that permit foreign-trained LL.M. students to do so. (With select exceptions, Georgia does not currently allow foreign-trained LL.M. students to sit for the bar.)

If you wish to sit for a bar exam in any U.S. state, you should familiarize yourself with the requirements of that state.Since New York is by far the most popular bar for foreign-trained LL.M. students, we provide its information below. This material should not, however, be considered a substitute for any information provided by the New York Court of Appeals.

New York

Foreign-trained LL.M. students who wish to sit for the New York Bar examination must first complete an Online Foreign Evaluation Form (https://www.nybarapply.org/feval/Default.aspx), at least one year prior to the commencement of the April filing period for the July examination. New York requires all foreign-educated lawyers (from both common and civil law jurisdictions) to complete this form and send supporting documentation.

As part of this process, you will need to ask the law schools that you have attended to send official transcripts to the New York State Board of Law Examiners. It may be easier for you to make such requests and access other necessary documents while you are in your home country. We therefore encourage you to begin the evaluation process prior to your arrival in Atlanta.

New York Bar Requirements

The New York Court of Appeals recently amended the rule on eligibility of foreign-trained attorneys to sit for the New York Bar. If you intend to sit for the New York Bar, please carefully review the rule (§520.6 (www.nybarexam.org/Rules/Rules.htm)of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR §520.6)). For its full text and information on application procedures, visit the New York State Board of Law Examiners website (www.nybarexam.org).

Some students from common law countries will be found eligible to sit for the NY Bar on the basis of their first law degree. However, many students will need both to complete the LL.M. degree and to take certain numbers of credits in particular classes, as part of the degree, in order to be eligible. These eligibility requirements are independent of any requirements of the degree-granting school that must be satisfied, in order to earn the LL.M. degree or to qualify for a particularLL.M. specialization.

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