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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for the admission of a European lawyer to the Bar Association

Description

If you are admitted as a European lawyer, you may work in Germany under the professional title that you are also allowed to use in your country of origin. Without admission as a European lawyer, this is not allowed in Germany.

Even if you are admitted, you must not and must not be called a 'European lawyer'.

If you are admitted as a European lawyer, you must prove regularly, usually 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 Otherwise, your recognition as a European lawyer in Germany will be withdrawn.

If there are other reasons why you are no longer allowed to work as a lawyer, you are obliged to inform the competent bar association of these reasons.

To apply for admission as a European lawyer, you must submit the necessary 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 admission will be rejected.
  • If your documents are incomplete, the Bar Association will request the missing documents
  • If you do not submit the required documents later, your application for admission will be rejected.
  • If your documents are complete and there is nothing to prevent admission, the recording will be approved
  • You will receive the certificate of admission by post.

Please contact the Bar Association.

  • Admitted to the bar in the country of origin (in the European Union/European Economic Area or Switzerland).
  • To submit proof of professional indemnity insurance or the submission of a provisional guarantee of cover.
  • Apply for admission

You must submit a completed and signed application form. Depending on the competent bar association, you must submit further documents such as a CURRICULUM VITAE, a questionnaire, a personnel form or data protection information with the application for admission.

  • Proof of nationality

You must submit proof of your nationality (certified copy of a valid identity document).

  • Proof of a certificate from the country of origin

You must submit a certificate from the competent body in your country of origin which has the European lawyer's affiliation to this profession. The certificate must not be older than three months at the time of its presentation. As a rule, you must resubmit the certificate from the competent bar association every 3 years after your possible admission.

  • Proof of criminal record

You must provide a certificate from the competent authority in your country of origin that no serious professional misconduct, criminal offences or other circumstances are known that call into question your suitability for the profession of lawyer.

  • Proof of birth certificate

You must submit your birth certificate. If you have had a name change since birth, you must also submit a documentary proof of the name (marriage certificate/excerpt from the family book).

  • Proof of academic degree

If you hold an academic degree, you must submit proof of this.

  • Proof of professional indemnity insurance

You must submit proof of the conclusion of professional indemnity insurance in accordance with § 51 of the Federal Lawyers' Code (BRAO) or the submission of a provisional guarantee of cover. An insurance in your country of origin meets the legal requirements if it is equivalent to an insurance according to § 51 BRAO in terms of the conditions and scope of coverage. If you have foreign insurance coverage, you must present a certificate from the insurer annually after a possible admission, which shows insurance conditions and scope of coverage.

  • Proof of fee payment

You must submit proof that you have paid the applicable fees. The fee is due upon filing of the request with the Board.

  • Fees are charged in accordance with § 39 of the Act on the Activities of European Lawyers in Germany (EuRAG) and §192 of the Federal Lawyers' Code (BRAO) in conjunction with the fee statutes of the competent authority.

Processing Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
Depending on the responsible body, usually between 4 and 8 weeks

  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance when applying on site: yes
  • Online procedure possible: no

After being admitted as a European lawyer, you must use the professional title that you are allowed to use in your country of origin under the law applicable there. If you are allowed to use the title "lawyer" in your country of origin, you must also specify the professional organisation to which you belong in your country of origin.

You may not use the term "European lawyer".

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Senate Department for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination Berlin (SenJustVA)

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