Ideal for international lawyers looking to take the bar exam
Concordia University School of Law now offers an accelerated two-year Juris Doctor program geared toward international students who already hold a law degree from their home country.
Having a JD from an American school – like Concordia Law – makes foreign law students eligible to sit for the bar exam in any state, with the ultimate goal of becoming a licensed attorney able to practice in the United States.
Building on existing legal education
For students who have completed a foreign law program that meets American Bar Association (ABA) standards, Concordia Law will accept up to 30 transfer credits in recognition of the completion of that degree program toward their Juris Doctor degree. Because of this, our Foreign Attorney JD Program is only two years long, rather than the traditional three. Students will complete a prescribed course of study that focuses on bar-tested foundational courses, while also providing an opportunity to take elective courses aligned with students' interests or related to their intended area of practice.
An increased level of proficiency
Achieving legal licensure in America can be highly beneficial, regardless of where students ultimately choose to live and work. In today's global world, many businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and law firms work on legal issues that cross national boundaries. Licensure in multiple jurisdictions and the ability to practice law in the United States can help any legal career and open the door to a wider range of career opportunities.