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Can African trained lawyers take the bar in the US?
In Career in the US
Petunia Judith
Aug 03, 2020
New York is considered one of the easiest states to take the bar as a foreign trained or in your case, African trained lawyer. The New York legal market is one of the country’s most attractive too. The requirements according to the New York State Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) for foreign trained lawyers to sit for the bar are;  Applicants must have a "qualifying degree" that satisfies the educational requirements to practice law in a foreign country. This degree must be a degree in law.  The qualifying degree must be from a law school accredited by the government of the foreign country and must be deemed qualified and approved  The applicant’s must have successfully completed a legal program of equivalent length to the Juris Doctor legal education provided by American Bar Association (ABA) accredited schools in the United States. Legal education in the US is traditionally a full-time, three year course of study – foreign lawyers, accordingly, need similar credentials.  Similarly, the program and course of study successfully completed by the applicant must be the substantially equivalent to that of the Common Law education provided by an ABA-approved law school in the United States. Other examples of countries that practice common law include The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel. If you think you meet these requirements, you must begin your application by completing the online Foreign Evaluation Form at the https://www.nybarexam.org/. After this is approved, you are then required to complete the actual application for the exam, online, and pay the application fee of $750. Like someone already mentioned, there are other states that allow foreign trained lawyers, the process is similar with what you get in New York. Apply to have your credentials assessed online, if accepted, apply to sit for the bar.
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