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Nations that accept ABA

Postby lincolnlover » Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:56 am

If I wanted to practice overseas, what nations accept ABA? I know many have their own standard. Anyone know off hand which do accept it?


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Re: Nations that accept ABA

Postby bdubs » Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:04 am

None. US law firms hire students to work overseas, but they work exclusively on cases involving US law. You would need to have additional education in whatever country you wanted to practice in before you could get a local law job.


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Re: Nations that accept ABA

Postby BeautifulSW » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:31 am

It is possible for a U.S. trained lawyer to qualify in Canada by making satisfactory scores on several written exams and/or completing additional courses. A U.S. lawyer can also pass the Qualified Lawyer Transfer Test to become a solicitor in England and Wales. In both cases, you will need supervised experience before being eligible for licensing.

I have heard of U.S. attorneys qualifying in one or another of the Australian jurisdictions. You could qualify in Israel if you are willing to learn Hebrew.

AFAIK, a U.S. lawyer can qualify in most common law or mixed jurisdictions but not without additional examinations and training. In general, though, it's best to obtain your first professional degree in the national jurisdiction where you intend to practice.

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Re: Nations that accept ABA

Postby dibs » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:50 pm

BeautifulSW wrote:You could qualify in Israel if you are willing to learn Hebrew.

and don't mind being detained as an israeli spy for 4 months in an egyptian prison. -_-


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Re: Nations that accept ABA

Postby ahshav » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:54 pm

BeautifulSW wrote: You could qualify in Israel if you are willing to learn Hebrew.

Nope, not enough. Need to become a citizen AND pass the bar.


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Re: Nations that accept ABA

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:56 pm

Canada recognizes law degrees from ABA accredited law schools, but still requires an articling period.


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Re: Nations that accept ABA

Postby Renzo » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:32 pm

If you have been in practice for a while, you can qualify as a solicitor in England by taking a relatively easy test. In theory you could also become a barrister, but it's just about impossible.

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