According to the Cal. court of appeals, poeple waiting for their bar results have already joined a "learned profession" which means that the law firms they work for don't have to pay them overtime. Traditionally, professionals have been exempt from the California wage and hour rules that require overtime pay, meal breaks, and other benefits. This marks an expansion of an earlier ruling that stated that employees of accounting firms who assist accountants conducting aduits are also learned professionals.
No word on whether bar-takers are also exempt from CAL-OSHA rules concerning hazardous working conditions.
You can read the complete decision at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A130540.DOC