Apply for admission to the Legal Preparatory Service with European degrees Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

You have completed a legal degree in a member state of the EU and now want to complete the legal preparatory service in Germany? Then you must first have an equivalence test of your university degree taken.

The successful equivalence examination establishes the equivalence of your university degree with the state compulsory examination of the first legal examination. This allows you to be admitted to the legal preparation service.

  • Your diploma,
  • Your diplomas,
  • Certificates
  • other qualifications
  • Evidence of relevant professional experience

The documents must be submitted in the original or in a certified copy.

You can submit the application without form. Application forms are not available.

Preconditions

They must have a university degree in law from a Member State of the European Union.

  • Info sheet Equivalence check

Section 112a (1) of the German Judicial Act

Related Links

  • Section 16 Ordinance on the Lower Saxony Law on the Training of Lawyers (NJAVO)

You must apply in writing for the equivalence test to be carried out.

Attach your certificate and other proof of performance in certified copy or original to this application.

Upon receipt of the application, the equivalence test shall take place.

If a complete equivalence of your financial statements is established, a notice will be issued.

This decision allows you to apply to join the Legal Preparatory Service.

The application process then depends on the application procedure for applicants who have obtained their university degree in Germany.

If equivalence is not established, or only partially, you will also receive a notification. In this case, you must perform an aptitude test. You must apply in writing for the aptitude test.

After passing the aptitude test, you can apply for admission to the legal preparation service. The application process then depends on the application procedure for applicants who have obtained their university degree in Germany.

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Last update or date of publication
17.05.2021