Procedure for Admittance to
The legal profession in the United States is governed by individual
In general, the education requirements to practice law may be
satisfied by one of the two following pathways:
Obtain a J.D. or LL.B.. degree from a law school approved by the American
Bar Association ("ABA").
Obtain an LL.B. from a fully accredited foreign University and then complete additional legal education from an ABA law school.
In most cases, this will
mean being awarded an LL.M. degree
Candidates who have completed their coursework at the International Center
for Legal Studies and have earned an LL.B. from the University of London would
fall under pathway No.2 and would be required to complete the necessary
additional legal education from an ABA law school. This means that you may, for
example, earn your LL.B. in three years and then pursue an LL.M. degree
for one to two years. Under this scenario you may complete your overall legal
education requirement in four years.
Fortunately, there is virtually no problem gaining admittance to an LL.M.
program as long as you have a qualifying first law degree from an accredited law
school such as the University of London. A further advantage is that you will
have avoided the high tuition cost of many ABA law schools for the first three
years of law study. Another advantage is
that while you are pursuing your degree via this avenue, you can still be
Many US students are working full-time and simply cannot afford to quit
their jobs to attend a law school program, or simply cannot afford the
high costs. Further, many students find the traditional admittance process with
the LSAT exam and other barriers to be too burdensome. With the International
Center for Legal Studies one may obtain an affordable first-class legal
education online and earn a fully accredited law degree from the prestigious
University of London.
Non-US students can also become practicing lawyers in the United States by
using these strategies.
Applicants are advised to
check with each US State Board of Law Examiners or Bar Authority for
their official admissions rules. These rules change from time to
time and applicants are advised to stay informed,
especially as they pertain to their educational background.