The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) represents the bars and law societies of 32 member countries and 13 further associate and observer countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. It is recognised as the voice of the European legal profession by the national Bars and Law Societies, and, acts in this capacity as the liaison between the EU and its institutions and Europe’s national Bars and Law Societies.

The training of lawyers has always been a priority for the CCBE. The Bars and Law Societies of the CCBE recognise that: “the exercise of the profession of lawyer requires a very high standard of professional competence of their membeers, and those aspiring to become members of the legal profession. Such a high standard of professional competence of lawyers is a cornerstone for the furtherance of the rule of law and democratic society; […].” (CCBE Recommendation on Training Outcomes for European Lawyers of 23 November 2007) The provision of high quality services – which requires high quality training – and the furtherance of a common European judicial area are key CCBE concerns. It is through its Training Committee that the CCBE develops training policies concerning both initial and continuing training of lawyers in order to respond to these concerns.

This blog provides information about European developments effecting the training of lawyers. Training 50% (700,000) of all EU legal practitioners in EU law by 2020 is the goal that the European Commission announced in its Communication, ‘Building trust in EU-wide justice: a new dimension to European judicial training’ in September 2011. This training should help in ensure the coherent application of EU legislation across the EU. The Commission also funded a study on the State of Play of Lawyers’ Training in EU Law, which was published in July 2014, as part of the European Commission initiative aimed at supporting the creation of a true pan-European judicial culture and to help reach its training goal. The Study essentially recommends that the legal profession should:

  1. develop an EU law curriculum,
  2. guarantee mutual recognition of continuing legal education activities across borders,
  3. make EU law training more practice-oriented, skills-based and easily accessible,
  4. organise more educational visits and exchanges.

This blog will explain initiatives and activities which will be carried out in order to implement the Study’s recommendations.

The blog will also give information on major national developments relating to legal education and training.


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Chief Editor: Indra Bule, Legal Advisor, CCBE; Sub-Editor: Julian Lonbay, member of the CCBE Training committee

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