World Bank Comparative Analysis of Bars and Law Societies

March 14th, 2017 § 0 comments

The report analyses and compares the structure, role and tasks of Bars and Law Societies in select European jurisdictions: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England and Wales, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Serbia, and Spain.

As far as ‘Entrance to the Bar‘ is concerned, the Report states:

“The requirements for entrance to the bar are similar across the selected jurisdictions. To qualify as a member to the bar in EU jurisdictions, a person needs to hold a master’s degree in law (LL.M.) from an EU or EEA country. Practical legal work experience is also required, as well as passing the Bar Exam and taking the oath. Once the person becomes a member of the bar, he or she is required to pay an entrance fee and/or annual or monthly fees. Membership in a bar is the normal step to becoming a full-fledged lawyer and to gain the right to practice the profession and represent clients before the court.” (For details, see pages 10 and following of the Report).

The report can be downloaded here.

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