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Developed in partnership with Themis, one of the largest US Bar exam preparation providers, this career-enhancing course will prepare you to pass the New York or California Bar Exam so you can qualify as an attorney for the New York or California Bar. This course has been designed especially for non-US law graduates and lawyers by building upon your existing knowledge and developing your legal analysis and communication skills.
Themis’ unique expertise, combined with our experience as the UK’s longest-established specialist provider of legal education, will provide you with a strong understanding of US state law and the opportunity to work across borders.
There are no entry requirements for this course, however, there are eligibility requirements to sit the Bar Exam. Please ensure you are eligible to sit the exam before booking the course.
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To find out if you are eligible to sit this exam, visit our Qualifying as an attorney page.
Our US Bar Preparation Course has been designed to prepare you for either the New York or California Bar Exam. You’ll cover a range of core topics and have the choice to specialise in either state’s legislation, depending on eligibility.
Please note: Before booking onto this course, please ensure that you are eligible to sit the US Bar Exam. View the full eligibility requirements.
All students will be required to study the core modules. You will have the option to specialise and study for either the New York or California Bar.
Please note: to sit the California Bar Exam, you must be a qualified lawyer from a common or civil law country. To sit the New York Bar Exam, you must have completed a three-year, on-campus LLB from a common-law country (some exclusions apply). See our Qualifying as an attorney page for more details.
New York modules:
This course prepares you for the February 2023 Bar Exam and runs over a period of nine months, starting on Monday 2 May. It takes around 12-15 hours of study per week, but it is completely flexible, so you can adapt your studies around your personal and professional commitments and study at your own pace. The enrolment deadline for this course is Wednesday 31 August, but please note that the later you start the course, the higher the weekly study hours you will need to devote to catch up.
This course prepares you for the July 2023 Bar Exam and runs over a period of nine months, starting on Monday 3 October. It takes around 12-15 hours of study per week, but it is completely flexible, so you can adapt your studies around your personal and professional commitments and study at your own pace. The enrolment deadline for this course is Tuesday 31 January 2023, but please note that the later you start the course, the higher the weekly study hours you will need to devote to catch up.
To get a full picture of how you can fit this course around your existing commitments, take a look at our course dates.
There is no formal assessment for this course, and it does not lead to an academic award.
The Bar Exam will be held externally by the California Bar and the New York State Board of Law Examiners (NYSBOLE) in conjunction with the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).
For details on how to register your eligibility to sit the exam, book, receive assessment results and request any reasonable adjustments, please visit the NYSBOLE or California Bar website:
There are three assessments taken over two consecutive days. The exam formats vary slightly, depending on if you wish to take the New York or California Bar exam, but follows the same structure:
For further information about your eligibility to sit the exam, please see our Qualifying as an attorney page.
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2021/2022 Course fees
If you’re a ULaw alumnus, you may be eligible to receive our £250 US Bar Preparation Course Discount.
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