American educator launches NY and California bar exams in UK

American legal educator Barbri has launched its New York and California bar exams in the UK.

Barbri International is also launching its courses across countries which typically attract American investment such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Qatar and South Africa, where it has partnered with the University of Johannesburg.

The educator, which has been running courses for 45 years in the US, is aiming to attract law graduates as well as practising lawyers to its courses.

Barbri International legal education manager Mark Curran said: “We attract people who work in the European offices of Anglo-American firms as it is often a bargaining chip for those firms to have junior staff members who have passed the New York or Californian bar, as firms can charge more for their time.

“But we also get law graduates, or people who are in their final year, and are job-seeking in New York and California.”

The UK course currently has around 20 students enrolled, although Curran said that it hoped to attract around 100 students in England and 50 in Scotland for its October 2014 course.

The course costs £5,000, which Curran labelled “quite competitive” compared to the fees for the Legal Practice Course and Bar Professional Training Course.