European lawyer - apply for admission to the qualifying examination
You do not possess the qualification to be a judge according to the German Judges Act, are a European lawyer and wish to practise as a lawyer in Germany. To do so, you can submit an application for the determination of an equivalent professional qualification.
Joint Examination Office of the Länder of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Thuringia for taking the qualifying examination for admission to the bar
0 211 8792 276
Joint Examination Office of the Länder Berlin, Brandenburg, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein
Salzburger Straße 21 - 25
Tel.: (030) 9013 3320
Joint Examination Office of the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Free States of Bavaria and Saxony
at the Ministry of Justice and Migration Baden-Württemberg
The determination of an equivalent professional qualification requires:
- You have completed training that entitles you to direct access to the profession of a European lawyer pursuant to Section 1 of the Act on the Activities of European Lawyers in Germany (EuRAG).
- If you have completed most of your training as a European lawyer in a third country, you must also have practised the profession for three years.
You must submit an application to one of the three Joint Examination Offices for the determination of an equivalent professional qualification. You must submit the application and the required documents in German or with a certified German translation.
The Joint Examination Office will check whether the requirements are met. As a rule, an aptitude test will have to be taken.
The aptitude test is intended to determine whether you have the skills to practise as a German lawyer.
This examination consists of a written and an oral part.
Extensive information about the qualifying examination and the examination dates can be found on the respective websites of the above-mentioned examination offices.
- Curriculum vitae in tabular form
- Proof of entitlement to direct access to the profession of European lawyers
- that you have completed more than half of the minimum period of training in EU/EEA states or Switzerland, or
- a certificate confirming at least three years of professional practice in one of these states
- Declaration as to whether and, if so, to which examination offices you have already submitted an application or taken an aptitude test.
- If relevant knowledge of German law has already been acquired through professional training, professional practice or further training measures, suitable evidence thereof
The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Ministry of Justice Baden-Wuerttemberg released it on 31.08.2023. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.