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      Alaska A graduate of a foreign law school in which the principles of English law are taught may be eligible to take the bar exam if he or she sub­
      mits proof that 1) the law school from which he/she graduated meets the ABA’s standards for approval; and 2) he/she has successfully completed 1
      year at an ABA-approved law school, including successful completion of 1 course in U.S. Constitutional Law and 1 course in U.S. Civil Procedure,
      or is a member in good standing of the bar of 1 or more states, territories, or the District of Columbia and was admitted to the bar of that state, terri­
      tory, or the District of Columbia after written examination.

      California Foreign law school graduates must request individual evaluation to determine legal education equivalency. Graduates from foreign
      law schools may qualify to take the California bar exam if they obtain an LL.M. degree or complete an additional 1 year of law study at an ABA-
      approved or California-accredited law school which includes a certain number of credits in bar examination subject matter. Foreign-educated law
      students who did not graduate are not eligible to take the exam and are required to either graduate with a J.D. degree at an ABA-approved or
      California-accredited law school or complete 4 years of law study at a law school registered in California and pass the First-Year Law Students’
      Exam. Foreign law school graduates who are admitted to the active practice of law in good standing in their countries do not have to complete any
      additional law study to qualify to take the bar exam.

      Colorado Must have been primarily engaged in the active practice of law for 3 of the previous 5 years in jurisdictions where admitted.

      Connecticut Foreign law school graduates must submit a petition for determination on foreign education and receive Bar Examining Committee
      approval prior to submitting an application for admission by examination, admission without examination, or admission by UBE score transfer. The
      foreign education must be substantially equivalent in duration to the legal education provided by an ABA-approved law school. Foreign-educated
      applicants must complete an LL.M. degree program meeting specific requirements at an ABA- or Committee-approved law school prior to admis­
      sion. An applicant who otherwise does not meet the educational requirements may be eligible to sit for the exam if he/she meets certain conditions.
      Conditions include admission before the highest court of original jurisdiction in a U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto
      Rico, or a U.S. District Court for 10 or more years, good standing in such jurisdiction, active practice of law in that jurisdiction for 5 of the last 7
      years, and an intention to actively practice law in Connecticut and to devote a majority of his/her work to such practice.

      District of Columbia Applicant may be permitted to take the bar examination upon successful completion of at least 26 semester hours of study
      in subjects tested on the bar examination in a law school that at the time of such study was ABA-approved. All such 26 semester hours shall be
      earned in courses of study, each of which is substantially concentrated on a single tested subject. Classes that began before March 1, 2016, will
      count towards this total if they were in subjects tested on the DC bar exam through February 2016. Classes beginning after March 1, 2016, will
      count towards the total if they are in subjects tested on the Uniform Bar Examination.

      Florida After 10 years’ active practice in another jurisdiction (District of Columbia or other states in the United States or in federal courts in the
      United States or its territories, possessions, or protectorates) in which applicant has been duly admitted, the applicant may file a representative
      compilation of work product for evaluation by the Board.

      Georgia Foreign law school graduates may also apply for a waiver of requirement of graduation from an ABA-approved law school. Published
      waiver policy lists criteria considered by Board in determining whether waiver standard has been met.

      Hawaii An attorney admitted to practice and in good standing before the highest court in a foreign country where English common law is the basis
      of that country’s jurisprudence and where English is the language of instruction and practice in the courts of that jurisdiction shall be eligible for
      examination and admission if he or she presents satisfactory proof to have actively practiced law in that jurisdiction for 5 of the 6 years immediately
      prior to application.

      Illinois The foreign law school graduate must have been licensed to practice in the country in which the degree was conferred and/or in a U.S.
      jurisdiction for a minimum of 5 years; the lawyer must be in good standing as an attorney or equivalent in that country or U.S. jurisdiction where
      admitted; during each of no fewer than 5 of the 7 years immediately prior to making application in Illinois, the lawyer must have verifiably devoted
      an annual minimum of 1,000 hours to the practice of law in such country and/or U.S. jurisdiction where licensed; and applicant must achieve pass­
      ing score on MPRE and meet character and fitness standards.

      Kentucky An attorney who is a graduate of a foreign law school can apply for an education evaluation to determine if applicant’s legal education
      is substantially equivalent to the Kentucky law school education. If the law school is approved, the applicant may sit for the bar exam if he/she has
      been actively and substantially engaged in the practice of law for 3 of the last 5 years.

      Louisiana Foreign attorneys can apply to take the bar exam but must first have an educational equivalency evaluation conducted and complete
      14 hours at an American law school.

      Maine Must satisfy requirements of Regulation for Determining Equivalency of Foreign Legal Education and have practiced for 3 years in the
      jurisdiction where licensed.

      Maryland A graduate of a foreign law school may qualify for a waiver to take the Maryland Bar Examination if he or she has been admitted by
      examination in another U.S. jurisdiction; or, is admitted to a foreign jurisdiction AND has completed an additional legal degree at an ABA-approved
      law school where at least 26 credits in Maryland Bar Exam subjects are earned in the course of completing the degree.

      Massachusetts A graduate from a foreign law school (other than those Canadian law schools that are prequalified) may be permitted to sit for
      the bar exam after taking further legal studies designated by the Board at an ABA-approved law school or a Massachusetts-accredited law school.
      Foreign law school graduates must obtain a determination of their educational equivalency from the Board prior to making application.

      Missouri Graduates who have passed the bar exam in another state and hold an active law license are eligible to take the bar exam with either (1)
      full-time practice for 3 of the 5 years preceding application or (2) completion of 24 credit hours in residence at an ABA-approved law school within
      the 3 years prior to application. Graduates who are not licensed in another state must be admitted to practice law in the foreign country where
      the foreign law degree was conferred and be in good standing with either (1) full-time practice for 3 of the 5 years preceding the application or (2)
      completion of 24 credit hours in residence at an ABA-approved law school within the 3 years prior to application.

      New Hampshire Graduate must be legally trained in common law, and a determination of educational equivalency is required. Graduate must be
      a member in good standing in home jurisdiction or in another state, after being admitted by exam.

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