Methods of Getting Sponsored

If you are interested in entering into the Law Office Study Program, there are many factors to consider. If you think that you are ready for a rigorous course of work and to eventually take the bar exam, you need to make sure that you have the right support system behind you. This early stage of planning can make or break your chance to become a practicing attorney.

Since you will not be attending law school, you will be following from example. Much of your knowledge will come directly from the text of the law and case study, but much of the remainder will be actually studying under and with someone actually doing the job. In the state of California, you have the option of studying under an attorney or a judge. An attorney needs to have been practicing for five years to be eligible to become a sponsor.

You’re no longer just studying theory and hypothetical situations like you would be doing in law school. Here you can see much of what happens every day in a law office or in a courtroom itself. You can see how the law is actually practiced and challenged right before your eyes.

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When you are looking for someone to sponsor you, you must prove yourself a worthwhile applicant. This person will be issuing a report to the state bar several times a year checking on your progress and is linking their good name with yours. You need to prove that you are a good candidate that will be worth four years of understudy and that you will be a competent and moral attorney once the process is over.

If you have proven yourself to a judge or currently practicing attorney, you will be able to determine if they are a good fit for you. You will be studying in their chambers or office for years. Make sure that their field of law is one that you will be practicing and worth the effort. Make sure that there are no personality clashes or moral lapses.

Such a person could be your partner one day. Or you could be arguing a case in front of them. Cultivate a relationship that will make you both better professionals when the program is done.

Short History of the Cal Law Study Program

Jurist_JusticeThe California Law Office Study Program is one that has given many people that did not have the opportunity or situation to attend a formal law school a chance to serve their fellow citizens. The program, administered by the California Bar Association, is a way to make sure that qualified individuals have another way to gain experience to take the bar examination. This is the path followed by respected Los Angeles injury attorney Michael Ehline and could be the option for motivated, intelligent individuals determining their career path.

With California Bar Association-approved law schools running in the near $40,000 plus annual tuition rate, practical experience in a law firm or judge’s quarters can be advantageous. California is one of six states that allow for such a practice. The path, governed by California state law, is one that allows students with hands-on experience to take the bar exam and enter into their employ ready. If you have a sponsor willing to work with you and offer semi-annual reports to the state bar you are in business.

This program has roots in similar practices dating back to before the Republic. Early attorneys, such as Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln were self-taught, studying the law with little formal training. This allowed for the most dedicated to rise up through the ranks and become effective fighters in the courtroom. In the case of Lincoln, the rest is history.

The current law allows for dozens of qualified candidates to get through the doors each year. Determined through the most recent set of California guidelines passed in 2007, you too can follow the footsteps of those that wish to make something of their life and not be restricted.

Kim Nguyen Wants to Know How to Become a Lawyer With No Law Degree

Below is a comment from Kim Nguyen. Most of her questions were already answered in the original post of how to become a lawyer with no law school. However, I will see what I can do about answering

Dear Michael,

My name is Kim Nguyen, I read your blog I am extremely interested in becoming a lawyer without attending law school and be enrolled in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program. I also read that there was only 80 students who enrolled in this program. Just a little about me, I graduated HS in 2003 and started my career in real estate in 2004 so that I would be able to afford my college tuition and not be completely broke after I graduated college. And I was unwilling to trade my time to get paid only $7/ an hour. After my first year of Real estate I liked it so much and put my schooling in the back burner. I got my Broker’s license in January 2008 and opened my own real estate corporation in August 2008. I still have a passion for law and want to still become a lawyer one day. I ran into your blog and was really excited about this program. I have browsed through the California Bar and wanted to see if you can help me do what you did. I appreciate you reading my letter, and look forward to hearing from you.

My Response: Honestly, most everything is already in the original blog. As far as helping you do what I did, all I can do is give you a firm statement and example that you can do it. Yes you can.

In order to be on the LOSP, you need a lawyer to teach you who has been in practice at least 5 years. I am only in about 4 years, so I simply cannot teach you.

I read on your blog that I would have to contact the lawyer in the field of law that I want to be in.

Does the lawyer who I study under only needs to have 5 years of experience? Is there any other requirements?

If the lawyer who is willing to help me with this program does not have any experience can he/she still do it?

How do I take the CLEP exam ?

Once I pass that how many hours in a month must I study with the lawyer? Are there specific tests that the lawyer must adminstered to submitt to the California Bar. If so how where can we get this information?

Thanks for your help.

You don’t need to contact a lawyer in the field you want to be in, unless that is what you want to do. You can study under any qualified lawyer.

To take the CLEP, I recommend you get a crash course such as Barrons, and then take it ASAP, unless you already have a BA, BS, or equivalent.

Yes I believe it was 18 hours per week of actual study and 6 hours required in the presence of the lawyer.

As far as tests go, the lawyer has to create the tests. There are no canned tests.

How to Become a Lawyer with no Law School.

Edgar Wants to Be A Lawyer With No Law School or College

Below is a post from Edgar about becoming a lawyer with no law school in Illinois.

I have a high school but I want to go law school but I dont have no money and I have a kid on its way, but I seen your web site and it says no college neede how can I get started what do I need to be a criminal lawyer how can I get started or who can I talk too to know more about this? This is Edgar Martinez I live in chicago illinois please contact me at my email or call me at (Deleted)

My response is as follows: Edgar, I want to say that you are going to first need some basic English grammar and writing skills that are not present in your e-mail above to me.

Next, once you master basic English spelling and sentence structure, you will need to contact your state bar in Illinois and try and find out from them what their rules are.

How to Become a Lawyer with no Law School.