State Bar Admissions & Alternatives
Graduates of the California School of Law receive a Juris Doctor degree, creating numerous employment opportunities as an attorney, law professor, business person, or otherwise.
Graduates of the California School of Law are eligible to sit for the California State Bar Exam and there are ways to work as an attorney in every state.
For states other than California, prospective students should do their own investigation as to where they can sit for the bar exam.
With investigation, prospective students will find that the state bars in other states:
* sometimes will allow our graduates to sit for the bar exam after graduation
* sometimes will allow our graduates to sit for the bar exam after passing the California Bar Exam
* sometimes will allow our graduates to sit for the bar exam after first gaining experience as an attorney
* sometimes will allow our graduates to sit for the bar exam after receiving an LLM
* sometimes will NOT allow our graduates to sit for the bar exam under any circumstances
For specific rules and regulations regarding whether you would be eligible to sit for the bar exam in a state, always contact the state bar.
If you have questions about your state bar policies please call the California School of Law at 805-683-5337 and our admissions representative would be happy to discuss your options.
Alternatives Available in Every State
If you want to practice law in a state that currently requires you to work as an attorney first or will not allow our graduates to sit for the bar exam, there are some very good options.
By passing the Bar Exam in California, our graduates can work in the federal courts in any state. So if you are interested in Patent Law, Social Security, Immigration, Bankruptcy and others areas of federal law you can practice in any state within the federal court system having passed the Bar Exam in California.
Then if your state allows our graduates to sit for the Bar Exam after working as an attorney first, after getting the required number of years experience in the federal courts you can sit for the Bar Exam in that state.
Graduates finding employment with the Federal Government as an attorney, can work in any state regardless of where you passed the Bar Exam. Graduates can work for agencies like; The Justice Department, Home Land Security, Social Security, IRS, DHS, EEOC as an attorney.
In House Counsel
If you pass the Bar Exam in California and find employment as In House Counsel with a corporation, you can work as an attorney for the company in that state.
Arbitrator / Mediator
By passing the Bar Exam in California, our graduates can work as an Arbitrator or Mediator in every state.
Our graduates can become law professors at Law Schools, Universities, Collages, Paralegal Programs, and Criminal Justice.
Committee of Bar Examiners Required Disclosure
California School of Law is registered with The Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California as a Distance-Learning Law School. Graduates are permitted to apply for admission to sit for the California State Bar Exam and the bar exam in some other states.
Guideline 2.3(D) of the California State Bar Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules requires that the following Statement be made:
The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is principally by technological means including interactive classes.
Students enrolled in the J.D. degree program at this law school who successfully complete the first year of law study must take and pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination required by Business and Professions Code § 6060(h) and Rule VIII of the Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students' Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it, must be promptly disqualified from the law school's J.D. degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible for re-enrollment in this law school's J.D. degree program, but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.
Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student intending to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.