Do you have the necessary education to pursue a legal career? Find out more.
Most people go to law school before becoming an attorney, but it isn’t the only way to get a legal education. Applicants can also study in a law office or with a judge. Here are all the options:
The ABA accredits 21 law schools in California. The State Bar of California accredits additional law schools in the state. But lawyers come from all types of law schools in California: accredited, unaccredited, fixed-facility and correspondence.
The type of schools applicants choose may affect credits they receive for legal study. Find out more about types of law schools.
Applicants don’t have to be United States citizens to practice law in California.
But if applicants are educated or practiced law outside of the United States, they need to file paperwork that exempts them from having a Social Security number if they do not have one. Find out more about requirements for foreign applicants.