New rule allows LL.M graduates to sit for bar exam

Wisconsin will join four other states that let graduates of foreign law schools sit for a bar exam after completing a qualifying LL.M. program. Foreign graduates without an LL.M. can take the bar exam only if specific requirements are met.

To take the Wisconsin bar exam, graduates of foreign law schools must have three years of practice experience in an English common law jurisdiction or earn a degree from qualifying LL.M. programs.

“As a foreign lawyer, if you want to do international business transactions, having an American bar admission is an important credential,” said John Ohnesorge, Director of the Law School's East Asian Legal Studies Center. “And I think Wisconsin would benefit from having a network of people around the world who are Wisconsin bar members.”

For complete details, read "New Rule Defines Paths to Admission for Graduates of Foreign Law Schools."

Submitted by Law School News on October 23, 2012

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