Lawyer or lawyer; Recognise foreign professional qualifications

You have completed your training as a lawyer abroad and now want to work in Germany? Find out more about the prerequisites here.

If you have completed an apprenticeship abroad that allows you to work as a lawyer or lawyer, you can have this degree recognised. With this recognition, you may work as a lawyer or lawyer in Germany.

If your training is significantly different from the requirements, you must first take an aptitude test.

  • application
  • a tabular CV,
  • proof of entitlement to direct access to the profession of European lawyer,
  • proof that more than half of the minimum training period has been carried out in Member States of the European Union or in other Contracting States to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or a certificate of at least three years' professional activity in one of those States;
  • an explanation of whether and to which examination offices an application has already been submitted or an aptitude test has been taken.

You can find out which documents are also required at the Joint Legal Examination Office.


  • You have completed training which entitles you to have direct access to the profession of European lawyer

Related Links

  • Section 4 Federal Lawyers' Code
  • Section 16 et seq. Act on the Activities of European Lawyers in Germany
  • Section 3 et seq. Ordinance on the aptitude test for admission to the bar
  • Make an application to the Judicial Examination Office
  • The Judicial Examination Office checks whether you have acquired all the knowledge and skills required to work as a lawyer in Germany during your training
  • In this case, your degree will be recognised
  • If there are any differences, you must take an aptitude test
  • The aptitude test consists of a written and an oral part.
  • Two supervisory papers shall be carried out as written audit services.
  • The oral examination consists of a short presentation and an examination interview.
  • The Examination Office shall issue a confirmation of the successful aptitude test. A failed aptitude test may be repeated twice.

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