New York, new start
I started thinking about moving to the US in 2006 while studying the Bar Vocational Course (BVC). I had met, in the words of Estelle, an 'American boy', and with pupillages notoriously difficult to secure, pursuing a career as a US attorney started to feel like a good move. As a federal system, the US operates quite differently from the UK for the purposes of qualifying as a lawyer. Attorneys must be admitted to the Bar of the state in which they intend to practise. Currently only two states, New York and California, allow graduates of foreign law schools to sit their Bar exams. It is also worth noting that there is no distinction between 'solicitor' and 'barrister' in the US, nor is there any training period analogous to a two-year training contract or one-year pupillage. Therefore, upon admission to the Bar, one becomes an Attorney/Counsellor-at-Law who may seek employment in any field.
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