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CA Bar -> NY Bar admission question

Post by lawlaw123 » Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:49 pm

Hi all,

This might be a psychotic questions, but I'm wondering if anyone has any information.

I'm taking the CA bar in July, and have a biglaw (v50) job lined up in CA. I've never lived in CA before and I have strong ties to NY. I am curious if there is any way that I could eventually get a NY bar admission without taking the UBE.

NY doesn't have reciprocity with CA, because CA doesn't have reciprocity with anyone. It looks to me though, that I could waive in to DC (https://admissions.dcappeals.gov/appinfo.action?id=2), and then waive into NY from DC (https://www.nybarexam.org/AOM/AdmissiononMotion.htm).

Would this raise any flags for the NY bar? What would the ideal timing look like?

And a secondary question: would the firm care if I got a bar admission in another state without them asking? They naturally have large presences in both DC and NY.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: CA Bar -> NY Bar admission question

Post by 2013 » Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:36 pm

I don’t think that’s how it works. I think DC to NY requires practicing 5 of the last 7 years.

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Re: CA Bar -> NY Bar admission question

Post by lawlaw123 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:08 pm

2013 wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:36 pm
I don’t think that’s how it works. I think DC to NY requires practicing 5 of the last 7 years.
But it looks like those 5 years could be practiced in CA? So would it be doable, like, six years out?

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Re: CA Bar -> NY Bar admission question

Post by 2013 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:00 pm

lawlaw123 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:08 pm
2013 wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:36 pm
I don’t think that’s how it works. I think DC to NY requires practicing 5 of the last 7 years.
But it looks like those 5 years could be practiced in CA? So would it be doable, like, six years out?
I guess in theory… but why do that? DC bar membership is expensive and the UBE is a joke.

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Re: CA Bar -> NY Bar admission question

Post by Bosque » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:47 pm

2013 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:00 pm
lawlaw123 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:08 pm
2013 wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:36 pm
I don’t think that’s how it works. I think DC to NY requires practicing 5 of the last 7 years.
But it looks like those 5 years could be practiced in CA? So would it be doable, like, six years out?
I guess in theory… but why do that? DC bar membership is expensive and the UBE is a joke.
More to the point, why not ask your firm to pay for it, if you are going to do it? You likely need to report to them where you are barred anyway.

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Re: CA Bar -> NY Bar admission question

Post by lawlaw123 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:26 am

2013 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:00 pm
lawlaw123 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:08 pm
2013 wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:36 pm
I don’t think that’s how it works. I think DC to NY requires practicing 5 of the last 7 years.
But it looks like those 5 years could be practiced in CA? So would it be doable, like, six years out?
I guess in theory… but why do that? DC bar membership is expensive and the UBE is a joke.
Well, studying for the bar now makes me not want to do it, but I could see how a second time would be easier...

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Re: CA Bar -> NY Bar admission question

Post by lawlaw123 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:28 am

Bosque wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:47 pm
2013 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:00 pm
lawlaw123 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:08 pm
2013 wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:36 pm
I don’t think that’s how it works. I think DC to NY requires practicing 5 of the last 7 years.
But it looks like those 5 years could be practiced in CA? So would it be doable, like, six years out?
I guess in theory… but why do that? DC bar membership is expensive and the UBE is a joke.
More to the point, why not ask your firm to pay for it, if you are going to do it? You likely need to report to them where you are barred anyway.
I don't want to be cocky and assume I'll be doing so well in biglaw after 5 years that they'd be willing, so I'm trying to scope out a backup plan.

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