ULaw launches US bar course

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Law school to prep non-US students and grads for New York or California bar exams

The University of Law (ULaw) has launched a US Bar Preparation Course, to help non-US graduates and lawyers tackle the New York or California bar exams.

The online course will be offered on full-time and part-time basis that enables students to choose when to study content, allowing them to complete the course within six to nine months.

Developed in partnership with US bar prep provider Themis, the course will see aspiring lawyers (or should we say attorneys?) grapple with civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law & procedure, evidence, real property, torts and more.

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Those enrolled onto the course, which costs £4,000, will be assigned a licensed attorney advisor who will mentor them throughout the programme. ULaw will also provide access to past US bar exam papers, the only UK provider of the course to do so.

To be eligible for the New York bar exam, students need to have completed an accredited LLB from a common law country, with at least 166 credits in common law. Only qualified lawyers from any common or civil law country can take the California bar exam.

Peter Crisp, deputy vice chancellor at ULaw, commented: “Law is an incredibly competitive field of work and students should be proactive in further developing their knowledge of law where possible, ultimately improving their employability.”

He added:

“The US Bar Preparation Course is a chance for graduates and lawyers to make themselves stand out in the field, as well as opening the door to the possibility of an international career and other specialist areas of law. The ULaw/Themis course is also the most affordable and flexible option.”

The other big player in the UK market for this is BARBRI, who offer a similar prep course for the New York and California bar exams.

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Future Trainee at MC

Do you think UK based law firms would be open to sponsoring their trainees in order to boost chances of dual qualification?


Like Collecting Swimming Badges

The US legal world cares even more about the ranking of the law school where you did your degree than firms do in the UK.

If anyone thinks passing the NY Bar is their entryway to Manhattan ‘Big Law’ and penthouses, they are very much mistaken.



It’s more commonly used as a way to second to the New York office of an English firm. From there you can try to transfer to US firms.


Future Trainee at MC

Not an automatic entryway but I believe with the right academic pedigree and relevant experience, it offers a good enough chance that you can enter New York BigLaw. If you go to York, train at MC and pass the NY bar, no one is going to say no if you have the right technical and soft skills because you went to York and not Harvard/Yale.


Reality Check

I’d love to know what you’re basing your opinion on that NY firms equate University of York and MC experience with Harvard and Yale and solid US firm experience…

You’ll almost *certainly* be bottom of the pecking order with a 4k online course – lets get serious here.



Shows you know nothing, given no-one will ever ask what revision resources you used for the state bar prep.

But your first point has some merit, but basically the position is either one is Oxbridge or not Oxbridge as far as much of US is concerned for the junior hires, although a cheeky LLM (Cantab) or BCL might just be enough with some of them.


Not so sure

Yep. Absolutely can’t imagine an interview question for an international applicant qualified overseas to include something along the lines of ‘how did you prepare for passing the Bar’.


What do you actually need to make it at a top firm in the US (even post-TC)?

So many US law grads don’t get jobs, so how do you provide the incentive for firms to go through all the extra cost and admin of sponsoring your relocation?



You can only qualify for the New York bar if your degree was campus based. This means Open Uni students or online students do not beet the requirements even though the degree is exactly the same. Ridiculous.



Whilst this seems silly and unfair in the UK context, in the US it actually isn’t.

[Top] US law schools are renowned for their classroom-based, interactive learning styles. This simply cannot be replicated by an online degree.



There are actually 4 states which allow you to take the bar without even going to law school so by that logic an online degree should suffice for UK students!


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