Is a foreign-educated lawyer eligible to take a bar examination?
The answer is "yes" and "no." To practice law in the United States, both US-educated lawyers and foreign-trained lawyers must pass the bar examination of the state in which they intend to practice. Each state establishes requirements for eligibility to take the bar examination in that state. Foreign-trained lawyers are not eligible to take a bar examination in most states.
Eligibility requirements vary from state to state.
The American Bar Association provides an overview of the bar admission process at:
Students who are considering taking a bar examination upon completion of their LL.M. studies should review eligibility requirements and confirm eligibility requirements before beginning any LL.M. program. Only a state's board of law examiners – not a law school - can confirm eligibility to take a state's bar examination.