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Apply for admission to the preparatory legal service with European qualifications


Successful completion of the equivalence test establishes the equivalence of your university degree with the compulsory state examination for the first legal examination. This enables you to be admitted to the legal training service.

Process flow

You must apply for the equivalence assessment in writing.

Enclose a certified copy or the original of your degree certificate and other certificates with this application.

Once the application has been received, the equivalence assessment will take place.

If it is determined that your degree is fully equivalent, a corresponding decision will be issued.

With this decision, you can apply for admission to the preparatory legal service.

The application procedure is then based on the application procedure for applicants who have obtained their university degree in Germany.

If equivalence is not established or only partially established, you will also receive notification of this. In order to be admitted to the legal training service in this case, you must take an aptitude test. You must apply in writing to take the aptitude test.

Once you have passed the aptitude test, you can apply for admission to the preparatory legal service. The application procedure is then based on the application procedure for applicants who have obtained their university degree in Germany.

Interested parties must apply to one of the three Higher Regional Courts of Lower Saxony for admission to the legal preparatory service, apply for a determination of the equivalence of their law degree obtained abroad with the German first law examination and submit proof of their qualification(s) acquired abroad. The legal clerkship department of the relevant Higher Regional Court forwards the application to the State Judicial Examination Office for examination of equivalence pursuant to § 112a DRiG.

Requirements

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

This also applies to graduates who have a university degree from a state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) or Switzerland.

Which documents are required?

  • Your diploma,
  • your diplomas,
  • examination certificates,
  • other certificates of qualification
  • Proof of relevant professional experience

You must submit the documents in the original or as a certified copy.

What are the fees?

None.

Fee: free of charge

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

None.

Processing duration

The processing time for the equivalence check is approximately 3 months (if the documents are complete).

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

Legal basis

§ Section 112a (1) of the German Judges Act

Applications / forms

You can submit the application in any form. Application forms are not available.

Appeal

Contradiction

What else should I know?

Technically approved by

Ministry of Justice and Equality of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, State Judicial Examination Office

Professionally released on

01.12.2020

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)