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Apply for admission to the Legal Preparatory Service with European degrees

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.

Process flow

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.

Requirements

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

Which documents are required?

  • 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.

What are the fees?

None.

Fee: free of charge
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

None.

Processing duration

The processing time of the equivalence test is (in the case of complete documents) about 3 months.

The aptitude test procedure takes about 6 months from the date of application.

Applications / forms

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

Appeal

Contradiction

What else should I know?

Information sheet equivalence test

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.