France: Report on the Future of the legal profession

February 8th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Report (in French) was prepared by Maître Kami HAERI and submitted to the French Ministry of Justice on 2 February 2017. The report contains recommendations for reforms in the lawyer’s profession in France, including initial and continuous training (see pages 122-124).

Moldova: Parliament abandoned reform re access to the Profession

January 31st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Moldova: access to the legal profession

January 26th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The CCBE has addressed a letter of concern to the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova concerning a draft law which would allow, amongst others, “persons that hold or have held positions of members of the Parliament and who have acquired at least 10 years of experience in field of law” to become lawyers without having to sit the bar exam and without having to follow the otherwise mandatory traineeship for lawyers. The CCBE points out that: a) no other European country has such a provision, b) “a high standard of professional competence of lawyers is essential in the protection of the rule of law and the democratisation of a country” and c) “the practice of law requires very specific competences and skills” (see CCBE Training Outcomes for European Lawyers of 2007). Find the letter here and the CCBE Training Outcomes here EN versionFR version).

Czech Bar: Professional Speed-Dating as part of training

January 10th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Czech Bar – Professional Speed-Dating event

Professional Speed-Dating as part of training

Professional speed dating, or sometimes called speed networking, is derived from traditional speed-dating which is defined as an organised event for the purpose of meeting people you would like to date. However, professional speed-dating just uses the same format in order to facilitate business contacts. Usually, the participants have one-to-one conversation in a very limited time (usually less than 5 minutes). Once the time limit expires, a bell ring signals that it is time to move to a next chair or table in order to interact with another  colleague. Professional speed-dating focuses on business interaction, i.e, the participants will inform each other about their professional background,  field of specialisation, business goals,  they will exchange their business cards and could also try to identify  common professional interests and/or opportunities for potential business cooperation.

The Czech Bar Association, through its International Department, organises many international training events for its lawyers and trainee lawyers. The International Department has decided for the first time ever, to integrate professional speed-dating as part of a conference, namely the Czech-Slovak-German Lawyers Forum, a two-day event for lawyers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and German Sachsen and Bamberg which took place in November 2016 in Pilsen on the topic „International cooperation between lawyers“.

The first ever professional speed-dating went extremely well and we have received great positive feedback from all the 80 participants. Speed dating plays a major role as an ice-breaker and has a lasting effect even after the end of the speed-dating. Participants are curious to learn more about each other, they approach others more easily and the whole atmosphere of the training shifts towards a friendly and more informal one. This is also why many Bars and international organisations (a pioneer in this regard is AIJA, International Association of Young Lawyers) start to integrate speed dating as part of their training, conferences or trade fairs.

The International Department of the Czech Bar Association will certainly continue in the pursuit of new, informal and innovative approaches within its training activities, speed-dating included.

Dr. Eva Indruchová, LL.M., Head of International Department of the Czech Bar Association and Representative of the Czech Bar Association in Brussels, Member of the Czech Delegation to the CCBE, Member of the CCBE Training Committee.

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Eva Indruchova at the Czech Bar Professional Speed-Dating event

Romania: CCBE Letter to Ministry of Justice – Admission of Judges and Prosecutors to the lawyer’s profession

November 28th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Click here for details about the CCBE letter.

Training of Lawyers: Conference to support the Moldovan Bar in its reforms

November 23rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Click here for details on the conference.

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Speakers’ panel

Germany: plans to introduce a specific continuous training regime for all lawyers

November 2nd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Brief from Sabine Gries-Redeker, Member of the CCBE Training Committee, Germany

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Sabine Gries-Redeker

To guarantee the quality of services of lawyers in a more systemic way, it is planned to modify the rules for mandatory continuous training for lawyers in Germany. It is foreseen to regulate the requirements in more detail for all lawyers. Up to now, in Germany, there are detailed regulations with sanctions only for specialised lawyers, the so-called Fachanwälte. (For more information on the rules for Fachanwälte, see Post of 8 December 2016.) Now, the plans are to implement this for all lawyers. Details are not yet clear. There will be an amendment of § 59 b Abs 2 No. 1 h BRAO. By this law the assembly of the German Federal bar will be authorized to rule the details of the requirements of continuous training. The assembly is expected to decide on this at its meeting on 21 November 2016.

France: changes to the entry exam

October 18th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

The new French rules regarding the admission exam have been published today in the Journal officiel de la République française:

(1) Décret n° 2016-1389 du 17 octobre 2016 modifiant les conditions d’accès aux centres régionaux de formation professionnelle d’avocats

(2) Arrêté du 17 octobre 2016 fixant le programme et les modalités de l’examen d’accès au centre régional de formation professionnelle d’avocats

For a brief summary on the changes brought by the new rules, see the post of 8 July 2016.

An independent, qualified and ethical exercise of the profession

September 1st, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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The international conference on the role of Bars for an ‘Independent, qualified and ethical exercise of the profession’ in Tbilisi, on 20-21 June 2016, in Georgia, discussed, inter alia, best practices for lawyers’ training. Over sixty representatives from 14 countries, including the CCBE First-Vice President Ruthven Gemmell, presented their training systems. The discussions showed that the training systems are more or less similar (law degree, practical training, bar exam), except for Turkey which has no bar exam (see post of 25 February 2016). Lithuania is considering introducing a unified exam for advocates, judges and prosecutors. As for continuous training, discussions showed that in all countries, Bars are in charge of continous training, including its management. The required number of hours or credits differs from country to country. The training working group discussions concluded that the best practices will differ from country to country, given that training activities must respond to the needs of lawyers in any given country. The exchange of experiences between other countries is always helpful. Teaching in legal ethics is crucial. A report on the conference, containing details of the presentations, can be downloaded here.

France: Reforms of Law School Entry Exams

July 8th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

French avocats

The French Minister of Justice, Jean-Jacques URVOAS, together with Thierry MANDON, Secretary of State in charge of Higher Education and the President of the Conseil national des Barreaux, Pascal EYDOUX, announced yesterday reforms to the law school entry exams (see Discours du président Pascal Eydoux).

In 2012, the Conseil national des barreaux, agreed to these reforms which are now about to come into effect.

The aim of the reform is to unify the process of access to law schools, i.e. a single, unified exam will be held every year throughout France. The exam subjects will be the same everywhere and the evaluation of exams will be subject to a unified scoring grid. This should help ensuring a level playing field.

The entry exam will be more focused on the competences, skills and knowledge which will be expected from future lawyers.

A national exam Commission – composed equally of lawyers and academics – will be in charge to establish the exam subjects and the scoring grid.

The first session of the national exam will be held in September 2017.

Further information will follow in a few weeks.

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