Apply for admission as a European lawyer to the Bar Association
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Wenn Sie in einem anderen Land innerhalb der Europäischen Union (EU), in einem Vertragsstaat des Abkommens über den Europäischen Wirtschaftsraum (EWR) oder in der Schweiz als Anwältin  oder Anwalt tätig sind, können Sie die Aufnahme als europäischer Rechtsanwalt beantragen.

If you are accepted as a European lawyer, you are allowed to work in Germany under the professional title that you are also allowed to use in your country of origin. This is not permitted in Germany without admission to the Bar Association.
Even if you are accepted, you are not allowed to use the designation "European lawyer" or advertise it.
As a rule, you have to prove every three years that you are still admitted to the bar in your country of origin. Otherwise your recognition as a European lawyer in Germany will be withdrawn again.
If there are other reasons why you are no longer allowed to work as a lawyer, you are obliged to inform the Bar Association of these reasons.

You must submit a completed and signed application for membership.
  • Proof of citizenship
You have to submit proof of your nationality (certified copy of a valid identity document).
  • Proof of a certificate from the country of origin
You have to submit a certificate from the competent authority in your home country showing that the European lawyer belongs to this profession. The certificate must not be older than three months at the time it is presented. You have to submit the certificate to the competent bar association, usually every 3 years after your possible admission.
  • Proof of criminal record
You must submit a certificate from the competent authority in your country of origin stating that you are not aware of any serious professional misconduct, criminal offenses or other circumstances that would call into question your suitability for the profession of lawyer.
  • Proof of birth certificate
You need to submit your birth certificate. If you have had a name change since birth, you must also submit documentary proof of your name (marriage certificate / extract from the family register).
  • Proof of academic degree
If you hold an academic degree, you must submit proof of this.
  • Proof of professional liability insurance
You must submit proof of taking out professional liability insurance in accordance with Section 51 of the Federal Lawyers' Act (BRAO) or the submission of a provisional cover letter. An insurance in your home country meets the legal requirements if it is equivalent to an insurance according to § 51 BRAO in terms of the conditions and the scope of coverage. If you have foreign insurance, you must submit a certificate from the insurer every year after a possible admission, stating the insurance conditions and the scope of coverage.
  • Proof of fee payment
You will need to provide proof that you have paid the applicable fees. The fee is due when the application is submitted to the Chamber.

Preconditions

  • You are already admitted to the bar in your home country (in the European Union / European Economic Area or Switzerland).
  • You have submitted proof of professional liability insurance or the submission of a provisional cover letter.

Hints

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§ 3 Law on the Activities of European Lawyers in Germany
https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/eurag/__3.html
§ 4 Law on the Activities of European Lawyers in Germany (EuRAG)
https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/eurag/__4.htm
Federal Lawyers' Act (BRAO)
https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/brao/BJNR005650959.html
Professional code of conduct for the legal profession in Germany
https://www.brak.de/w/files/02_fuer_anwaelte/berufsrecht/bora-stand-01.07.15.pdf en.

Related Links

  • Hanseatic Bar Association Hamburg
  • Information from the Hamburg Bar Association
  • Application for admission to the Hanseatic Bar Association
  • Information from the Federal Bar Association
To apply for admission as a European lawyer, you must submit the required documents in writing.
  • Your documents will be processed by the responsible bar association and checked for completeness.
  • If you do not meet the requirements, the application for membership will be rejected.
  • If your documents are incomplete, the Bar Association will request the missing documents.
  • If you fail to submit the required documents, your application for membership will be rejected.
  • If your documents are complete and there are no obstacles to your admission, admission will be approved.
  • You will receive the approval certificate by post.

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