Why in the late 1990s was the NY & CA state bar exam offered in the UK for LLB (Hons) graduates when it did not help in getting them there?

The sole purpose of doing the New York or California State Bar Exam should be to be eventually sworn in and admitted as an Attorney at Law, get the full Green Card, US passport and a job practising law in a major US or international law firm in Midtown Manhattan, Albany or Downtown Los Angeles or San Francisco.... show more The sole purpose of doing the New York or California State Bar Exam should be to be eventually sworn in and admitted as an Attorney at Law, get the full Green Card, US passport and a job practising law in a major US or international law firm in Midtown Manhattan, Albany or Downtown Los Angeles or San Francisco.

It never ever happened, so why was it offered and why did people pay to do it and travel to the USA to take the exams, as you cannot use US law in the UK (and vice versa) and it conferred absolutely no immigration advantages or benefits at all in terms of being dual qualified?

Do US legal employers still prefer to take US law graduates with the JD degree, even if UK law graduates also study EU Law, and have a closer system to that of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Israel?
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