Apply for admission to the Legal Preparatory Service with European degrees

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 carried out.

With the successful equivalence test, the equivalence of your university degree with the state compulsory subject examination of the first legal examination is determined. This allows you to be admitted to the legal preparatory service.

  • Your diploma,
  • Your diplomas,
  • Certificates
  • Other qualifications
  • Proof of relevant professional experience

You must submit the documents in the original or in a certified copy.

You can submit the application informally. Application forms are not available.

Preconditions

You must have a law degree from a member state of the European Union.

  • Information sheet equivalence test

§ 112a Abs. 1 German Judges Act

Related Links

  • § 16 Ordinance to the Lower Saxony Act on the Training of Lawyers (NJAVO)

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

Enclose your diploma and other transcripts of records in a certified copy or in the original with this application.

Upon receipt of the application, the equivalence test takes place.

If a complete equivalence of your degree is established, a corresponding decision will be issued.

With this notification, you can apply for employment in the legal preparatory service.

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

If equivalence is not or only partially established, you will also receive a notification of this. In order to be admitted to the legal preparatory service in this case, you must take an aptitude test. You must apply in writing to take the aptitude test.

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

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

Last update or date of publication
17.05.2021