Its possible to get around the law school requirement, yes (see CA state bar website). However, I highly recommend against wasting your thousands of dollars on a failed attemp…t..
I'm aware of the various alternatives, like clerking for an attorney for many years, doing correspondence courses for 4 years, etc, which I'm not asking about (but did not make clear above) -- I'm specifically curious as to the question mentioned above:.
That is, by meeting the quoted requirement below, and not any other requirement, can you take the bar exam in California CA with just an ABA accredited LLM but no JD or foreign law degree? .
Per official rules from: http://calbar.ca.gov/calbar/pdfs/rules/Rules_Title4_Div1-Adm-Prac-Law.pdf Rule 4.26 Legal education General applicants for the California Bar Examination must "(A) be graduates of law schools approved by the American Bar Association or accredited by the Committee; or" (B) demonstrate that in accordance with these rules they have (1) studied law diligently and in good faith for at least four years in a law school registered with the Committee; in a law office; in a judge's chambers; or by some combination of these methods; or (2) met the requirements of these rules for legal education in a foreign state or country; and (C) have passed or established exemption from the First-Year Law Students' Examination. Can the "graduates of law schools approved by the American Bar Association" be satisfied by an ABA accredited LLM program, or does is it implicitly refer to an ABA-accredited JD program? (Ignore the issue of whether one can get an LLM w/o a JD...) ( Full Answer )