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UofT student became an American Lawyer?

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A relative of mine attending Western University then the University of Toronto (for Law School I believe). She is now a lawyer in Los Angeles and I'm 80% sure she did studied Law School in Canada, not America. How is that possible?
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I think after you practice law in Canada for 5 years some states will allow you to write the bar exam there. Other states then have the clause the if your admitted to the bar in another state you don't need an American law degree to write theirs.

Also, some schools like York and Windsor offer joint degrees with an American university so that when you graduate you can write in the bar in both countries.
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A JD degree (what most Canadian law schools are offering now) allows you to write the bar to practice in either Canada or the U.S. As long as you pass the bar in that state or province you can practice there, even if you didn't go to school there.
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But isn't the laws much different than American states? By the way, she's a Criminal Defense Lawyer and haves a great job in LA, California. I also want to follow the same steps as her but I always assumed that I have to attend a Law School in California to become a lawyer in California. So you can study law in Canada but you just have to pass the bar in Cali despite how the laws are different? Will you have to take extra school by the way?
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But isn't the laws much different than American states? By the way, she's a Criminal Defense Lawyer and haves a great job in LA, California. I also want to follow the same steps as her but I always assumed that I have to attend a Law School in California to become a lawyer in California. So you can study law in Canada but you just have to pass the bar in Cali despite how the laws are different? Will you have to take extra school by the way?
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@Minia5 wrote
But isn't the laws much different than American states? By the way, she's a Criminal Defense Lawyer and haves a great job in LA, California. I also want to follow the same steps as her but I always assumed that I have to attend a Law School in California to become a lawyer in California. So you can study law in Canada but you just have to pass the bar in Cali despite how the laws are different? Will you have to take extra school by the way?



I may be wrong, but I believe ARMY101 answered this with



@ARMY101 wrote
A JD degree (what most Canadian law schools are offering now) allows you to write the bar to practice in either Canada or the U.S. As long as you pass the bar in that state or province you can practice there, even if you didn't go to school there.



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@Minia5 wrote
But isn't the laws much different than American states?



Yes. But law school doesn't teach you the literal law, per se, it teaches you how to argue for your clients, how to research and interview, how to follow case law, etc.


So you can study law in Canada but you just have to pass the bar in Cali despite how the laws are different? Will you have to take extra school by the way?


Yes. No, you don't need any extra school.
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@ARMY101 wrote

@Minia5 wrote
But isn't the laws much different than American states?



Yes. But law school doesn't teach you the literal law, per se, it teaches you how to argue for your clients, how to research and interview, how to follow case law, etc.


So you can study law in Canada but you just have to pass the bar in Cali despite how the laws are different? Will you have to take extra school by the way?


Yes. No, you don't need any extra school.



Thanks so much. I was worried about attending Law School in America because for international students, you would have to pay probably triple of what an American citizen is paying. Thanks again! :sunny:
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Yes, if you pass a certain bar exam then you can practice there. However, not very many states will let you write their bar exam without obtaining your JD at an American Bar Association acredited school. Look up California's policy on that before you make all of these plans for your future.
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@Minia5 wrote
A relative of mine attending Western University then the University of Toronto (for Law School I believe). She is now a lawyer in Los Angeles and I'm 80% sure she did studied Law School in Canada, not America. How is that possible?


She's probably a witch or something.
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