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Can i get into law school in the US with a bachelor took in Italy?

I've read that to get a Juris Doctorae in a law school you need at least a bachelor degree, if i took it in italy can i apply to an american law school?

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    Yes, you can, absolutely.  However, earning the JD is pointless unless you intend to practice here.

    It would be best to do an undergraduate degree in law -- the "licenza in diritto" at a university-affiliated school of jurisprudence -- in Italy and then do a master's here in the US, in some legal specialty that could be of use anywhere -- some branch of international law.

    Buona fortuna.

    Lili
    Lv 7 3 months ago 0 1
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  • Yes, you can, absolutely.  However, earning the JD is pointless unless you intend to practice here.

    It would be best to do an undergraduate degree in law -- the "licenza in diritto" at a university-affiliated school of jurisprudence -- in Italy and then do a master's here in the US, in some legal specialty that could be of use anywhere -- some branch of international law.

    Buona fortuna.

    Lili 3 months ago 0 1
  • Contact an actual American college, and ask them this question.

    ccameronbeaty78 3 months ago 0 0
  • Yes you can attend any US law school with a foreign undergraduate degree and then sit the state Bar exam*.  But this would be pointless unless you are also a US citizen as there are no work permits for newly minted lawyers and a US JD is not going to be useful in your own country.

    If you want to become an Avvocato, get qualified in Italy first.  Then, if you wish, you can dual qualify in the UK with an LLB or LLM, much cheaper and more useful.  In Europe increasingly there are Common Law courts.

    *Some states (CA, NY) allow you to take the Bar exam without a JD if you already have an acceptable foreign law degree (LLB).  But the degree does have to be from a Common Law country so not Italy.

    Politically Correct 3 months ago 0 0
  • If you have a law degree in Italy, you can then get a master's degree in law in the U.S. My daughter had a number of Chinese students in her law class who did just that. They then took the New York state bar exam. I assume it allowed them to practice international law in China, but I don't know if they were then allowed to remain in the U.S. 

    Amaretta 3 months ago 1 1
  • If you are not a US citizen or legal permanent resident, a US law degree does you no good. Lawyers are a major glut on the market, and have been at least since the 1970s. NO way you can work in US - NO visas! And US law is useless to you in Italy (or any other country in the world). Save your time & money. If you want to be a lawyer, study law & qualify in your country of citizenship.

    ibu guru 3 months ago 2 1
  • What's the point (assuming you're not a U.S. citizen)?

     A U.S. law degree would be worthless to practice law anywhere but the U.S. 

    And you would need to return to Italy within a few months after graduating from law school. A U.S. education visa does not allow you to remain in the U.S. and work after you graduate. And you cannot get an employer-sponsored visa for the practice of law, particularly if you are just starting out: there are far too many surplus law graduates in the U.S. to justify hiring a foreign attorney.

    Sam Spayed 3 months ago 1 0
  • You need to check with the specific law schools you want to apply to.  There is no single answer.

    Anonymous 3 months ago 1 0
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