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Michigan State University College of Law


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Bar Examination Information

Many foreign-trained lawyers wish to take the bar examination and seek admission to practice law in the United States. Earning an MSU Law LL.M. degree is an excellent way to become qualified to take the bar examination.

Each U.S. state has unique requirements for taking its bar examination. Because each state's bar exam is different, students should decide which to take before beginning to study. A few states offer reciprocity and admit members of other state bars under certain conditions; other states do not offer reciprocity. View the American Bar Association statement on post-graduate law degrees as preparation for taking a bar examination.

Taking the Bar Examination in Michigan

Foreign attorneys who have not received a J.D. degree from a U.S. law school must petition the Michigan State Board of Bar Examiners for permission to take the Michigan Bar Examination, which is administered every February and July. For more information, visit the Michigan Bar Association website.

Taking the Bar Examination in California

For information about the California Bar Examination, please refer to the State Bar of California website and procedures regarding the eligibility of foreign-educated applicants for the bar exam.

Taking the Bar Examination in New York

For information about the New York Bar Examination, please refer to the New York State Board of Law Examiners website and foreign legal education policy statement.

Taking the Bar Examination in Other States

For information about taking the bar examination in other states, visit the American Bar Association website.


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