European lawyer: Admission to the bar

Upon request, European lawyers may be admitted to the bar under certain conditions.

Anyone who proves at least three years of effective and regular activity as an established European lawyer in Germany in the field of German law, including Community law, in accordance with § 12 of the Act on the Activity of European Lawyers in Germany (EuRAG), shall be admitted to the bar in accordance with the provisions of §§ 6 to 36 of the Federal Lawyers' Code.

Effective and regular activity is the actual exercise of the profession without interruption; Interruptions due to events of daily life are not taken into account.

The applicant must prove the number and type of cases handled by him/her under German law by means of case lists and the duration of his or her activity. Where appropriate, anonymised work samples shall be submitted to the competent body upon request. He/she shall provide the competent authority with all information and provide it with all documents suitable for proof. The competent body may request the applicant to explain his or her information and documents orally or in writing.

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Anyone who has worked effectively and regularly as a established European lawyer in Germany for at least three years, but has only been active in German law for a shorter period of time, may be admitted to the bar in accordance with the provisions of §§ 6 to 36 of the Federal Lawyers' Code if he/she proves his/her ability to continue to carry out the activity in accordance with §§ 14 and 15 EuRAG.

In making its decision, the competent authority shall take into account the nature and scope of the professional activity as well as all knowledge and professional experience in German law, as well as participation in courses and seminars on German law, including the professional law of lawyers.

  • §§ 11 - 15 Act on the Activity of European Lawyers in Germany (EuRAG),
  • §§ 6 - 36 Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung (BRAO).

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  • EuRAG
  • BRAO

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