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How To Become A Lawyer?

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Edited By Izabela Krasnicka and Magdalena Perkowska

The present publication collects the contributions of the colloquium «How to Become a Lawyer in Europe», which took place on June 4, 2010 in Andorra la Vella – within the frame-work of the 15th annual meeting of the representatives of the Network of European Universities in Legal Studies.
We gathered articles concerning not only many European countries but also the United States and a special contribution is made to the system in California (USA). Each part is a unique guide through internal regulations leading to different legal professions. The articles present the academic education system in the field of law and also special requirements and professional exams giving the right/permission to perform legal professions. The reader will see the differences and similarities especially in the European systems of the presented countries.

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ULRIKE BRANDL - HOW TO BECOME A LAWYER IN AUSTRIA 9

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How to become a lawyer in Austria Ulrike BRANDL Introduction and legal basis The Austrian law makes a distinction between the possibility to ac- quire the qualification to work as a lawyer in Austria and the possibil- ity for a lawyer who acquired the admittance to work as a lawyer in another country to be allowed to work as a lawyer or to provide cer- tain legal services in Austria. The legal basis regulating the requirements for becoming a lawyer in Austria is the Lawyer’s Act (Rechtsanwaltsordnung).2 The legal basis regulating the possibility for foreign lawyers to be registered in Austria or to provide legal services in Austria is the so called Federal Law on Freedom of Services and the Right of Establishment for Euro- pean Lawyers and the Provision of Legal Services by Lawyers who are internationally active in Austria.3 There is a distinction between nationals of the European Economic Area and Switzerland and na- tionals of the Member States of the Agreement on Trade Related Intel- lectual Property Rights. The requirements which have to be fulfilled in order to be al- lowed to work as a lawyer are enumerated in § 1 Lawyer’s Act and specified in Section 1 of the said Act. 2 Lawyer’s Act (Rechtsanwaltsordnung), FLG 96/1868 as amended. 3 Federal Law on Freedom of Services and the Right of Establishment for Euro- pean Lawyers and the Provision of Legal Services by Lawyers Acting Internati- onal in Austria (Bundesgesetz über den freien Dienstleistungsverkehr und die Niederlassung...

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