In line with the Erasmus+ Key Action 1: ‘Learning mobility of individuals’, the Barcelona Bar Association was awarded, in June, ten mobility agreements for the 2015-2017 period. Barcelona Bar Association will carry out the project in cooperation with two public Law Faculties, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Foundation, both of which it has been working with for many years.
The project will enable 10 trainee lawyers to gain experience and work in a foreign law firm for a period of two months. Hosting countries will be: Czech Republic, Italy, France, the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands.
During their traineeship period, the trainee lawyers should acquire a basic knowledge of other European Union legal systems, practice and develop common skills and abilities for European lawyers, and improve foreign language skills. This last point is crucial as, increasingly, lawyers need to be able to operate in multicultural contexts. Since October 2014, Erasmus+ mobility participants can use Online Linguistic Support (OLS) to improve their language level.
In Spain, according to Law 34/2006 of 30 October on admission to the legal profession and its regulations approved by Royal Decree 775/2011 of 3 June, all lawyers must have a law degree and will be required to obtain additional educational training in order to be admitted to practice as a lawyer. This additional education is a Master’s Program in Legal Practice which last for 16 months, which includes a six month traineeship in a law firm. Trainee lawyers must also pass a state exam.
For further information you can visit the Barcelona Bar Website.
For further information on Erasmus+, see CCBE post of 21 September 2015.