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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 accepted as a European lawyer, you are allowed to 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 permitted in Germany.

Even if you are accepted, you are not allowed to use the title "European lawyer" and you are not allowed to become one.

If you are admitted as a European lawyer, you will have to prove regularly, usually every three years, that you are still admitted to practice as a lawyer in your country of origin. Otherwise, your recognition as a European lawyer in Germany will be revoked.

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

  • Admitted lawyer in the country of origin (in the European Union/European Economic Area or Switzerland).
  • Submit proof of professional indemnity insurance or the submission of a provisional confirmation of coverage.
  • Apply for admission

You must submit a completed and signed application for membership. Depending on the relevant bar association, you may need to submit additional documents such as a curriculum vitae, questionnaire, personnel form or data protection information with your application for membership.

  • Proof of nationality

You will need to 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 authority in your country of origin stating that the European lawyer belongs to this profession. The certificate must not be more than three months old at the time of its submission. As a rule, you must resubmit the certificate to the competent bar association every 3 years after your possible admission.

  • Proof of criminal record

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

  • Proof of birth certificate

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

  • Proof of academic degree

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

  • Proof of professional indemnity insurance

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

  • Proof of fee payment

You will need to submit proof that you have paid the applicable fees. The fee is due upon submission of the application to 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' Act (BRAO) in conjunction with the fee statutes of the competent authority.

Processing Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
Depending on the competent authority, usually between 4 and 8 weeks

Contact the Bar Association.

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

To apply for admission as a European lawyer, you must submit the required documents in writing.

  • Your documents will be processed at the competent bar association and checked for completeness
  • If you do not meet the requirements, your application will be rejected.
  • If your documents are incomplete, the Bar Association will request the missing documents
  • If you do not submit the required documents, your application will be rejected.
  • If your documents are complete and there is nothing to prevent you from being admitted, you will agree to your admission
  • You will receive the certificate of admission by mail.

Once you have become 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 indicate the professional organisation to which you belong in your country of origin.

You are not allowed to use the title "European lawyer".

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

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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