An applicant who has studied in a
foreign country may qualify to apply for admission by submitting
to the Committee satisfactory proof of the legal education
required by Article II-3 of the CBEC Regulations.
Completion of the Educational
Requirements for Admission to the Practice of Law in a Country
Other than the U.S.
An applicant shall show successful
completion of the educational requirements for admission to the
practice of law in a country other than the United States.
In order to meet this requirement, an applicant must show the
- Successful completion of a period of study in a law school or
schools each of which, throughout the period of the applicant’s
study therein, was approved by the government or an authorized
accrediting body in such country, or of a political subdivision
thereof, to award a first degree in law as evidenced by the
report in Article II-3(C)(i);
- Said program of study must be
substantially equivalent in duration to the legal education
provided by an American Bar Association or Committee approved
law school in the United States.
Completion of an LL.M. Degree
An applicant must also show
successful completion of an LL.M. degree at an American Bar
Association or Committee approved law school in the United
States meeting the following requirements:
- The program shall consist of a minimum of 24 credit hours (or
the equivalent thereof, if the law school is on an academic
schedule other than a conventional semester system) which,
except as otherwise permitted herein, shall be in classroom
courses at the law school in substantive and procedural law and
- All coursework for the program shall be
completed at the campus of an approval law school in the United
States, except as otherwise expressly permitted in Article II-3.
- The program completed by the applicant shall include:
- A minimum of two (2) credit hours in a course or course in
- A minimum of two
(2) credit hours in legal research, writing and analysis, which
may not be satisfied by a research and writing requirement in a
substantive law course;
- A minimum of two (2)
credit hours in American legal studies, the American legal
system or a similar course designed to introduce students to
distinctive aspects and/or fundamental principles of United
States law, which may be satisfied by a course in United States
constitutional law or Federal or state civil procedure; credit
earned in such a course in excess of the required two (2) credit
hours may be applied in satisfaction of the requirements set
forth in Article II-3(B)(iii)(d); and
- A minimum of six (6) credit
hours in other courses that principally focus on subject
matter tested on the Connecticut bar examination as set
forth in Article V-4.
- The program competed
by the applicant may include a maximum of four (4) credit hours
in clinical courses or externships, provided that the time and
effort required and anticipated educational benefit are
commensurate with the credit awarded and
clinical course or externship includes a classroom instructional
component in order to ensure contemporaneous discussion, review
and evaluation of the clinical experience or externship; or
- The clinical work or externship is
done under the direct supervision of a member of the law
Required Documentation and Deadlines
determination on foreign education must be made using the form
below. All answers must be typed. An applicant must
receive approval of his or her petition for determination on
foreign education prior to filing an application for
by examination, an application
for admission by UBE score transfer,
or an application for admission without examination.
The bar examination is held
each year during the last week of February and the last week of
July. Applicants wishing to apply for admission by
examination shall file a complete petition for determination on
foreign education no later than 01 November for a February exam
and no later than 01 April for a July exam.
Petitions are deemed filed as of the day they are received in
the Committee’s office. Please note this is NOT a
"postmarked by" deadline. To be timely, the original,
signed petition with required documentation must be received in
the Committee’s office by the deadline. If the deadline
falls on a holiday or weekend, the petition must be received by
the next business day following the deadline. The Committee’s
office is not open on weekends or holidays and does not receive
mail on these days.
Incomplete petitions will not be considered.
To be considered complete, a petition for determination on
foreign education must be filed together with ALL of the
Documentation must be original or
a copy certified directly by the issuing institution.
Documentation received will NOT be returned. If any of the
required documentation is in a language other than English, it
must be accompanied by a translation prepared and certified by
an official translator.
course by course education evaluation report for every foreign
law school attended – Education Evaluation Services List
- Official, final transcripts from all
foreign undergraduate and foreign law schools attended –
Transcripts must show the dates of attendance, the courses
taken, the degree awarded and the date the degree was awarded.
Transcripts must be received in envelopes sealed by the issuing
institution. Transcripts received unsealed must be
accompanied by an affidavit (statement under oath) attesting
that the transcript is the original that was received from the
issuing institution and that is has not been altered, changed or
otherwise modified by you or any other person.
- Copies of all
diplomas or degree certificates from all foreign undergraduate
and foreign law schools
- Official transcript from the law school
at which the applicant is currently enrolled in an LL.M. program
or a statement from the applicant indicating that he or she is
not currently enrolled in such a program – If you have completed
your LL.M. degree you may request that the LL.M. degree granting
school send an official, final transcript and official course
descriptions directly to the Committee for review.; If this
is the case, provide a statement to that effect with your
- A certified check or money order in the amount of $500.00 made
payable to the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee (personal,
corporate and law firm checks are not accepted)
A completed petition for determination on foreign education
together with all required documentation must be mailed to:
Connecticut Bar Examining
Foreign Education Department
Street, 1st Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Fax and email submissions are not accepted.
The Committee shall notify the applicant of its
decision in writing.
Upon receiving approval, an application for admission may be
filed. Applicants for admission by examination must
provide the following directly from the LL.M. granting law
school not less than seven (7) days prior to the date of the
examination for which the applicant has filed his or her application::
- Official, final transcript from the LL.M. degree granting law
school setting forth the date the degree was conferred and all
courses taken; and
- Copies of official course descriptions for all courses taken at
the LL.M. degree granting school.
Petition for Determination on