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New Hampshire Graduates of 1 non-ABA-approved law school in Massachusetts are permitted to sit if they have  rst been admitted in Massachusetts.
New Mexico Graduates of non-ABA-approved law schools, including correspondence and online law schools, may write the examination if they are licensed and in good standing in another U.S. state and have engaged in the practice of law in the state where admitted for 4 of the 6 years prior to application.
New York Law of ce study permitted after successful completion of 1 year at an ABA-approved law school. The amount of credit awarded for law school study is computed after a review of the law school transcript. Graduates of non-ABA-approved law schools can write the examination only if they (1) have been admitted to practice in another jurisdiction and (2) have at least 5 years active and continuous practice within the last 7 years in jurisdiction(s) where they are admitted to practice.
North Carolina An applicant who was educationally eligible prior to August 1, 1995, remains so. An applicant who holds an LL.B. or J.D. degree from a law school that was approved for licensure purposes in another state of the United States or the District of Columbia and was licensed in such state or District would also meet the requirement; as would an applicant who received an LL.M. or S.J.D. degree prior to August 2005 from a law school approved by the ABA at the time the degree was conferred.
Oregon Graduates of non-ABA-approved law schools who have passed the bar exam in another state are eligible to take the bar exam without additional legal education if they have been admitted to practice before the highest tribunal in another state, the District of Columbia, or a federal territory and have been actively, substantially, and continually engaged in the practice of law for at least 3 of the 5 years immediately preceding the taking of exam. Evaluating satisfaction of educational requirements is made without regard to whether the education was received via traditional  xed-facility courses or online courses.
Pennsylvania Applicant must be a member in good standing of the bar of a reciprocal state and have met speci ed practice requirements for 5 out of the past 7 years as according to Pa.B.A.R. 203(a)(2)(ii).
Rhode Island A graduate of a non-ABA-approved law school is eligible to take the Rhode Island Bar Examination if he or she quali es for attorney admission (i.e., an out-of-state attorney who has been engaged in the active full-time practice of law in another jurisdiction for at least 5 out of the 10 years immediately preceding the  ling of the bar application), provided he or she meets the other quali cations for admission.
Tennessee Non-ABA-approved law school graduates must have graduated from a law school that is accredited by the state in which the school is located, such legal education must be substantially equivalent to that provided by an ABA-approved school, and such legal education cannot be based on online or correspondence study. An applicant who graduated from a non-ABA-approved law school must be licensed by examination in the state in which the law school is located and must have engaged in the active practice of law for 5 of the last 7 years pursuant to a license.
Texas Generally, Texas requires an applicant to have a J.D. from an ABA-approved law school. An attorney licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction may be eligible for exemption from the ABA-approved J.D. requirement to take the Texas Bar Exam if he or she has been actively and substantially engaged in the lawful practice of law for at least 3 out of 5 years before the application is  led. However, the legal education must be substantially similar to an ABA-approved J.D. program. Texas has no provision for admitting an applicant whose law degree was obtained through distance education, correspondence study, or “external programs.”
Utah Non-ABA-approved law school graduates must meet a combination of graduation and active practice requirements. The applicant’s law school cannot be based on correspondence or online study, it must be accredited in the state where it resides, and the degree must be the substantial equivalent of the legal education provided by an ABA-approved law school. The applicant must also have been lawfully engaged in the practice of law for 10 of the 11 years immediately preceding the  ling of the application.
Vermont Graduates of non-ABA-approved law schools within the U.S., including correspondence and online law schools, may sit for the examination if they submit an of cial transcript from the law school and demonstrate that the school attended was in the process of seeking accreditation by the ABA during the applicant’s attendance and has not since been denied accreditation.
Washington Graduates of non-ABA-approved law schools must obtain an LL.M. degree for the practice of law at an ABA-approved law school in order to qualify to sit for the exam; course requirements are in the rules. Law of ce study refers to Washington’s Law Clerk Program (Admission and Practice Rule 6); an LL.M. is not required.
West Virginia Non-ABA-approved law school graduates must show that legal education is equivalent to ABA-approved law school unless admitted by bar examination in another state. If applicant graduates from law school in a state where the law school’s graduates may take the bar examination, applicant may qualify for West Virginia examination by completing 3 years of law of ce study in West Virginia and getting certi cation of 2 West Virginia attorneys regarding knowledge, competence, and good moral character. Graduates of correspondence schools, including law schools providing more than 50% of classes as Internet-based classes, are not eligible under any circumstances.
Wisconsin Must have received  rst professional degree in law from a law school whose graduates are eligible to take the bar exam of the jurisdiction in which the school is located, and must have taken and passed the bar examination and been admitted to that or another U.S. jurisdiction.
Puerto Rico The general rule requires that the applicant must have graduated from a law school approved by the ABA or the Court.
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