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CHART 3: Eligibility to Take the Bar Examination: Legal Education

Note: For foreign law school graduates’ eligibility to take the bar examination, see Chart 4, pages 12–13.

                        Is eligibility                If not, what other means of legal study do your                 Additional requirements
                        to take the                        rules permit for bar exam applicants?
                         bar exam
                         limited to      Non-ABA­      Non-ABA­     Law office  Correspon­               Online    Specified       Bar     Specified
                       J.D. or LL.B.     approved                      study    dence law              law school  number of   admission   number of
                       graduates of     in-state law   approved                                                     hours at   in another   years of
                      ABA-approved                    out-of-state                 school                                                   practice
                       law schools         school      law school                                                     ABA-        state
                        under your                                                                                 approved
                                                                                                                   law school
                           rules?
Jurisdiction
                       Yes No

Alabama                  XX                           X                                                                                        X

Alaska                   XX                                                                                                    XX

Arizona X X                                                                                                                    XX

Arkansas              X

California               XX X X X X                                                                                            X

Colorado                 X                            X                                                                        XX

Connecticut              X                            X                                                                        XX

Delaware              X

District of Columbia     X                            X                                                            X

Florida                  XX                                                                                                    XX

Georgia                  X*

Hawaii                   XX                                                                                                    XX

Idaho                 X

Illinois                 X*

Indiana               X

Iowa                  X

Kansas                X

Kentucky                 X                            X                                                                        XX

Louisiana                X*

Maine                    X XX                                                                                                  XX

Maryland                 X                            X                                                                        XX

Massachusetts            XX

Michigan                 X                            X

Minnesota                X                            X                         XX                                             XX

Mississippi           X

Missouri                 X                            X                                                            XXX

Montana               X

Nebraska              X

Nevada X X                                                                                                                     XX

New Hampshire            X                            X                                                                        X

New Jersey            X

New Mexico               X                            X                         XX                                             XX

New York                 X                            XX                                                                       XX

North Carolina           X                            X                                                                        X

*Foreign law degree is the only non-ABA-approved category of legal education permitted; see Chart 4, pages 12–13.

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