The LL.M. degree does not itself constitute a credential qualifying foreign lawyers to practice law in the United States. Each of the 50 states regulates the admissions of attorneys to the practice of law within its jurisdiction. The requirements for bar admission vary from state to state, and are quite complex. A foreign LL.M. student who plans to sit for a bar examination in the U.S. should carefully investigate the relevant requirements prior to beginning his or her studies.
The American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) provide information on bar examinations by publishing The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. Both the ABA and NCBE have posted a copy of the Comprehensive Guide on their websites. Foreign applicants should refer to "Chart 4: Eligibility to Take the Bar Examination" and contact the board of examiners in the state(s) in which they wish to sit for the bar exam. A directory of state bar admission agencies can be found in the Comprehensive Guide.