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Can you get a job in a LA biglaw firm before clearing the CA bar exam? by Liz Hudson Question: I’m a third year associate currently practicing in New York but I’d like to make a move to Los Angeles. What are my chances of finding a position with a large law firm before I take the California bar exam?

Answer:

law firm without the bar than someone who has a more commonly found focus, such as commercial litigation.

In general, firms in California are very particular about hiring

Second, is it possible for you to sit for the bar exam

candidates who have already

before applying for jobs? I’ve had success with

been admitted to the CA bar. In

candidates who, although not yet admitted to the bar,

my experience, they are stricter

have at least already taken the exam. When speaking

about this policy than any other

with law firms I’m able to tell them that the candidate

state and that is likely due to

is awaiting results. While they are not yet admitted

a combination of California not

obviously, it shows that this candidate is dedicated to

having reciprocity with any state

moving to California (and not just throwing darts on a

at any level of practice, as well as California being a

map) and it also means that by the time the candidate

very desirable place for attorneys to work.

interviews and gets an offer, they will likely already have their results in hand.

That said, there are a few things to consider if you have not yet been admitted to the CA bar. First, what is

This is not meant to discourage you from exploring job

your practice area? Typically it will be most difficult for

opportunities in California but rather to prepare you for

litigators to find a job in California without admission

some hurdles you may face. If at all possible, go ahead

to the bar whereas some transactional positions will

and register for the exam and try to at least have taken

be more lenient. Additionally, if you have a more niche

the test before applying to jobs. If you have specific

practice such as capital markets or real estate, you are

questions about your own job search, I’d love to be of

more likely to have a chance at a job with a California

assistance!

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Can you get a job in a LA biglaw firm before clearing the CA bar exam?  

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