Inspired To Become U.S. Qualified, South African Lawyer Achieves Impact

by All Articles, International No Comments
ShareEmail this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest

 

Francisca Pretorius looked abroad to the United States to continue her studies, then applied to sit for the Colorado bar exam and passed it on the first try – with the help of BARBRI.

MY NAME IS FRANCISCA PRETORIUS and my yardstick for success is impact. I am a qualified South African lawyer, having practiced as a senior associate for a corporate law firm in Johannesburg, South Africa, and successfully worked towards passing the Colorado bar exam in July 2016. Being qualified in another country, especially the United States, exponentially increases the positive impact I can make in the world.

I have always wanted to continue my higher education studies in the United States and was accepted to a Master of Business Administration program (Global, Social and Sustainable Enterprise focus) at a university in Colorado. I decided to make my legal skills transferable, as well, and applied to sit for the Colorado bar exam.

Based on its outstanding reputation as the best U.S. bar review course, I chose BARBRI to prepare. Furthermore, BARBRI was the only bar review company to offer the flexibility and convenience of a separate, tailored home study option for international students like me.

Being qualified in another country, especially the United States, exponentially increases the scope of positive impact I can make in the world.”
Francisca Pretorius, South African lawyer and U.S. qualified attorney (Colorado)

 

THE QUANTITY OF BARBRI BAR REVIEW CONTENT was equally matched by the course’s high quality lectures, homework and practice exams. The substantive law did prove particularly challenging as the foundations of South African law and U.S. law are vastly different – South Africa’s mixed legal system incorporates Roman-Dutch law and the U.S. employs a common-law jurisdiction. Despite this rather significant hurdle, I progressed steadily through the BARBRI personalized study schedule and assignments. Continuous assessments and immeasurable support from BARBRI support attorneys and staff was another big advantage.

By following the BARBRI Bar Review study schedule – knowing it was specifically designed to prepare international students – I passed the Colorado bar exam the first time. Taking and passing a U.S. bar exam was a challenging yet fulfilling experience that would not have been possible without the help of BARBRI


About BARBRI International

If you are interested in expanding your career options globally, you may be eligible to sit for a U.S. Bar Exam and become a U.S. attorney. In today’s increasingly globalised world, demand continues to grow for those who understand the workings and complexities of the law of more than one jurisdiction. 

BARBRI International will prepare you to pass the U.S. Bar Exam and provide flexible and supported learning, tailored to non-U.S. educated law graduates. BARBRI is a leader in legal education and the #1 bar exam preparation programme for 50 years. 

For additional information on Open Days, programme locations and pricing, please visit www.barbri-international.com.

The BARBRI Journey

by All Articles, International No Comments
ShareEmail this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest

Guest Blog by Tiffany Khoo, LLB
London School of Economics and Political Science graduate

Can I just say that this BARBRI journey has been a challenge!

I’m enrolled under the 10-month programme which is meant to be at a pretty relaxed pace of about 10 – 15 hours a week. Although this hardly sounds like any work when you break it down, I definitely did not account for how tired I would be after work. As a result, by the time I actually rest my head on the pillow, I’m well and truly tired out and sleep comes very easily.

Fotolia_61821095_Subscription_Monthly_MAllow me to illustrate an average workday – I wake in the morning and feed my dog before heading to work. Work involves reading and analysing legislation, vetting contracts, and attending meetings. If I don’t have to leave late, I try to squeeze in an hour of exercise before heading home. After dinner and a shower, I seat myself at my desk to attempt working at my BARBRI Personal Study Plan (PSP). Although it doesn’t sound very vigorous, it is very mentally tiring and I am so grateful that I’ve signed up for such a comprehensive study plan to help me through it.

It’s been tough but it makes me even more grateful that I’m doing this with BARBRI.

Thanks to the PSP, I know exactly what I have to do and when I have to do it by. Although I did find myself having to play catch-up after going on holiday for a week, the PSP gives me structure to my revision which I otherwise would not have.

Besides watching lectures, an aspect of the PSP is answering multiple choice questions and self-grading essays. Additionally, they’ve also given us a chance to have a piece of work marked. At the moment, I’m trying not to be too hard on myself when my scores on the assigned multiple choice questions haven’t seen much improvement because I trust that with diligent practice, it should get better. I will most definitely keep you guys updated on this!

Screen-Shot-2016-12-13-at-3.40.09-PMOne of the great things about being part of the BARBRI community is the support provided, not just from those working at BARBRI but from those being involved in the program as well. I’ve been added to a Whatsapp group with the other international students on the course and it truly is encouraging to be able to ask questions to a group of people from around the world, no matter the time. They recently shared good news about the latest New York Bar passing rates, and we are hoping our group will do well too.

With Christmas season approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and neglect to spend enough time revising. I know that it’s going to take a lot of discipline and encouragement to keep myself on track for the next month. Wish me luck! And good luck to the rest of you too.

Till next time!

In a Rapidly Global World, Being Qualified in the United States Worth Considering

by All Articles, Bar Review, International No Comments
ShareEmail this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest

Guest Blog by Tiffany Khoo, LLB
London School of Economics and Political Science graduate

When overseas, we see time pass by in seasons, in the changing hours of the day, the layers we wear.

blog_1But here in Malaysia, with its ever constant sun and rain, October crept upon me like a surprise and here I am, a month into working life.

One of the most common questions I get from those who know I’ve done law is about taking the UK Bar. After all, I studied in England, and qualifying for the Bar in the UK would qualify me as a practicing lawyer in Malaysia as well. Although I would eventually like to qualify, certain work obligations necessitate that I won’t be able to. In the mean time, I’ve decided to take the New York Bar Exam instead.

Although this route is less popular amongst Malaysians as it does not allow us to qualify locally, in a rapidly global world, being qualified in the United States is another pathway worth considering. And of course, alongside London, New York is an incredibly cosmopolitan city and it isn’t unlikely that arbitration work could involve some international work. Also, instead of having to attend physical classes, qualifying just requires passing the relevant exams.

As I’ll be working alongside my studies (hopefully for the July 2017 paper), I decided to enlist the help of BARBRI International, a Bar Preparation guide that provides online material. I first heard of BARBRI International at LSE, where we were told of many who had dual qualifications. I decided to enrol for the 10 month Home Study Program (This means that I would be starting in September) which would allow me to study part time with the aid of online help, question banks, and even personalised essay feedback.

There are other options available too – like a 6 month option for those who want a quicker course, as well as some physical classes, depending on the country you’re in.

 “Although this route is less popular amongst Malaysians as it does not allow us to qualify locally, in a rapidly global world, being qualified in the United States is another pathway worth considering.”

I just felt that doing it on my own would require so much discipline, and as the exam would be in a foreign jurisdiction, guidance just seems like the best option. I went with BARBRI International because they seem to offer really comprehensive help (I probably won’t need to buy anything else!) and they have lots of great online reviews. Their website is incredibly helpful as you can send in a query about eligibility and you will then be put in touch with one of BARBRI’s representatives. I found that I could ask anything, and all of my concerns were taken seriously.

You can find out more HERE and HERE. (Website and Facebook)

Fingers crossed for the entire process to go well! If you’re studying for the Bar as well, drop me an email and we could always start a conversation!

Yours sincerely,
Tiffany

As A U.S. Qualified Attorney, Trainee Solicitor Builds A Strong Case

by All Articles, International No Comments
ShareEmail this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest

UK law graduate, Philipp Hagenbuch, studied with BARBRI to pass the New York State Bar Exam, aspiring to a successful future career path with the world’s highest grossing law firm.

MY NAME IS PHILIPP HAGENBUCH and I was sworn in to the New York Bar in 2016. I am a trainee solicitor in the London office of U.S. law firm Latham & Watkins and I am the only one of my intake that is U.S. qualified. I enrolled in BARBRI as recommended by friends who were studying U.S. law and the investment has paid off. Being qualified as a U.S. attorney is an impressive accolade and imperative in realising my goals within my law firm, Latham & Watkins.

Being born in Germany and raised in Sao Paulo, I knew that I wanted to work in an international environment from a young age. Internships at Brazilian law firms early on gave me the thirst for a legal career. Upon moving to the U.K. to complete a 4-year law degree at University College London and vacation schemes, I was offered Training Contracts and undertook internships at Brazilian law firms and W&C in Munich.

The London office of Latham & Watkins boasts a high yield team that includes more than 50 U.S. qualified lawyers. So qualifying as a New York attorney through BARBRI was imperative to get exposure in this area.”
Philipp Hagenbuch, Trainee Solicitor at Latham & Watkins

 

All this experience helped me secure a Training Contract with Latham & Watkins (London). I had always wanted to join this well-established, highly ranked law firm. A key decider, too, was that the London office plays a significant role in the firm’s global practices and thought leadership. I look forward to qualifying as an associate with Latham & Watkins in September 2017 and pursuing a career in financial transactional work.

The London office of Latham & Watkins boasts a high yield bonds team that includes more than 50 U.S. qualified lawyers. So qualifying as a New York attorney through BARBRI was imperative to be able to make the most of that area of practice.

With BARBRI I had all the tools for success on the bar: programme manuals, schedule, lectures with handouts, mock examinations and also the BARBRI Mobile App for multiple-choice question answering techniques (these were daunting and I was at a disadvantage against U.S. law students). I understand the anxiety when sitting the New York bar as it does have a reputation for being tough. If you focus on the techniques and have the right approach, BARBRI will serve you well.


About BARBRI International

If you are interested in expanding your career options globally, you may be eligible to sit for a U.S. Bar Exam and become a U.S. attorney. In today’s increasingly globalised world, demand continues to grow for those who understand the workings and complexities of the law of more than one jurisdiction. 

BARBRI International will prepare you to pass that U.S. Bar Exam and provide flexible and supported learning, tailored to non-U.S. educated law graduates. BARBRI is a leader in legal education and has been the #1 bar exam preparation programme for 50 years. 

For additional information on Open Days, programme locations and pricing, please visit www.barbri-international.com. Our alumni are working in the U.S. and around the world in a variety of companies and law firms.

South Korean Native and Irish Law Graduate Expands Career Options Internationally

by All Articles, International No Comments
ShareEmail this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest

Hong imageI was raised in South Korea before arriving in Ireland in 2005. Upon being accepted into Law and French at Trinity College Dublin in 2011, I was exposed to the contrasting nature of common law and civil law. After completing my Erasmus in France at Université de Strasbourg, I decided to practise law internationally.

The New York bar seemed an appealing choice by which I could begin building my profile as an international practitioner. The New York Attorney-at-Law qualification comes with a certain prestige and international mobility. Not only do many employers hold the qualification in high regard, but many businesses also have ties with New York, a prominent global financial hub.

As a fresh college graduate, I had to make sure I was eligible to sit for the examination. Having devoted my time to studying common law and French civil law, there was a possibility that I would not meet the requirement set by the New York Board of Examiners. I contacted BARBRI International as soon as my final transcript was released, and quickly received a response that I would most likely be eligible. I duly registered for the examination.

“The New York Attorney-at-Law qualification comes with a certain prestige and international mobility. Not only do many employers hold the qualification in high regard, but many also have ties with New York, a prominent global financial hub.”
Yewhoan Hong

 

Studying the substantive law was by no means easy. Ireland, being a common law jurisdiction, had many things in common with U.S. law; however, there were numerous additional legal principles that were unique to Federal and New York state laws.

Through online lectures and carefully structured assessments, I was able to understand principles and gradually complete each branch of law every week. From the pre-course materials to the actual sitting of the New York examination, I answered approximately 2,000 MCQs, 100 essays and 10 MPTs which were all provided by BARBRI. Having put the work in, I successfully passed the examination on my first sitting with an MBE score that was 10 points above the national average.

BARBRI International has been very supportive throughout the entire process. The administrative staff is willing and able to help with any problems that may arise. The course structure is comprehensive and convenient. At each class, there is an on-site supervisor who shared his or her experiences and fueled motivation.

I am ultimately happy with my decision to sit the New York bar examination and feel my decision will open new opportunities as I seek to begin my international legal career.


About BARBRI International

If you are interested in expanding your career options globally, you may be eligible to sit for a U.S. Bar Exam and become a U.S. attorney. In today’s increasingly globalised world, demand continues to grow for those who understand the workings and complexities of the law of more than one jurisdiction. 

BARBRI International will prepare you to pass that U.S. Bar Exam and provide flexible and supported learning, tailored to non-U.S. educated law graduates. BARBRI is a leader in legal education and has been the #1 bar exam preparation programme for 50 years. 

For additional information on Open Days, programme locations and pricing, please visit www.barbri-international.com. Our alumni are working in the U.S. and around the world in a variety of companies and law firms.