Online law studies’ many steps

Online law studies can be the path to a dream’s fulfillment. You realize that the online degree has greater obstacles than the traditional classroom, but it’s really the only option for you because of time, money or geographical limitations. Here are the steps, if you want to one day say, “Your honor, my client…”

  1. Fulfill California undergraduate studies requirement: a minimum of 60 completed undergraduate credit hours with a GPA equal to or above graduation requirements. In some cases, if you do not have the credit hours, but can pass subject matter examinations, you may still qualify
  2. Apply for admission to an online law school. Select an online law degree with regional accreditation. Also check to make sure your online university is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. California will only allow graduates of schools that are registered with the committee admittance into the State Bar Association.

  3. Register as a California law student. To sit for any law exams, the student must register with the State Bar of California. On the State Bar of California website’s home page, select “Register for the State Bar” and complete the form and all its requirements. You’ll be asked for your undergraduate study transcripts and to pay the registration fee with a credit or debit card.
  4. Pass the first year law student exam. This exam covers all topics taught during the first year of law school, such as contracts, torts and criminal law. The four-hour exam is administered in June and October.

  5. Provide references and contact information for the Moral Character Determination. The California Bar Association will conduct a background check on all applicants for the California Bar. The check includes interviewing family, friends, current and former coworkers, current and former employers, previous instructors and a credit and criminal background check. Applicants who do not pass the determination will be ineligible to take the California Bar Exam.\
  6. Pass the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam. The MPRE tests a law student’s comprehension of ethical behavior and proper attorney conduct. The two-hour exam is offered three times a year and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions based on privilege, representation, contempt, ethics and other legal situations.
  7. Pass the California Bar Exam. The exam is given in February and July of each year. It is a three-day exam consisting of essays, multi-state questions and scenario exercises.

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