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Wisconsin First degree of law and license to practice law from English common law jurisdiction and practice for at least 3 of last 10 years, or  rst degree of law from quali ed and approved foreign law school and completion of an approved master of law program from an ABA-approved law school.
Palau If applicant does not meet the educational requirement, he or she may not take the bar exam without obtaining a waiver. Applicant may request a waiver by submitting a petition demonstrating a legal education preparing him or her to pass the bar examination.
Puerto Rico Applicant must validate his or her studies and obtain a law degree from a law school approved by the ABA and by the Supreme Court. Virgin Islands Eligibility is limited to applicants who come in under special admission provisions as set forth in the rules.
If graduates of foreign law schools are eligible for admission without examination under your rules, do other requirements also apply?
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 speci c requirements at an ABA- or Committee-approved law school
prior to admission. An applicant who otherwise does not meet the education 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 The applicant has been a member in good standing for 5 years of a court of general jurisdiction of any U.S. state or territory. Iowa Applicant must have been engaged in quali ed, full-time practice of law under license of the U.S. jurisdiction for at least 5 of the last 7 years.
Maine Must satisfy requirements of Regulation for Determining Equivalency of Foreign Legal Education and have practiced for 3 years in the jurisdiction where licensed.
Massachusetts The Board in its discretion may excuse applicants possessing degrees from law schools in foreign countries, providing they have met the following requirements: a) obtained prior Board approval of their educational suf ciency and work history, b) provided veri cation that they have been admitted and are in good standing in another state, district, or territory of the United States and have engaged in the practice of law for 5 out of the past 7 years before making application, c) passed the MPRE, and d) satis ed the Board as to their moral character and  tness.
New Hampshire Foreign law graduates are only eligible for admission without examination if they meet other requirements for reciprocal admission for lawyers licensed in other states.
North Carolina The applicant must meet the requirements set out in at least one of the following paragraphs: (1) hold an LL.B. or J.D. degree from a law school approved by the ABA at the time the degree was conferred; (2) have received prior to August 1995 an LL.B., J.D., LL.M., or S.J.D. degree from a law school approved by the council of the North Carolina State Bar at the time the degree was conferred; (3) have received prior to August 2005 an LL.M. or S.J.D. degree from a law school that was approved by the ABA at the time the degree was conferred; or (4) hold 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 be licensed in such state or District. The applicant must also satisfy all requirements outlined in Section .0502, “Requirements for Comity Applicants,” of the Rules Governing the Admission to Practice Law in North Carolina.
Ohio If an applicant’s legal education was not received in the United States, the education must be evaluated and approved by the Supreme Court as equivalent to ABA-approved law school education. For equivalency, an applicant must show successful completion of 30 credit hours at an ABA-approved law school in addition to a foreign law degree showing at least 3 years of full-time study. The application for admission without examination may not be processed until the education is approved. At least 3 additional years of full-time post-secondary education are required.
Oregon Applicants who have graduated from a law school in a foreign jurisdiction have the burden of proving (1) that the requirements for admission to practice are substantially equivalent to those of Oregon, (2) that the applicant is currently admitted to practice law in a foreign jurisdiction where the Common Law of England exists as a basis of its jurisprudence, and (3) that the applicant is a graduate of a law school equivalent to a law school approved by the ABA. The Oregon Board of Bar Examiners may require that the applicant’s law school education be evaluated by a commercial evaluator of the Board’s choosing at the applicant’s expense.
Vermont Foreign law school graduates can be admitted without examination if they meet the standard requirements for admission without examination. Wisconsin If eligible for admission on proof of practice elsewhere, having  rst been admitted to a reciprocal U.S. jurisdiction.
Does your jurisdiction recognize with regularity the suf ciency of a legal education received at any particular foreign law school?
Vermont McGill University, Quebec, Canada.
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