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How To Become A Lawyer?


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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How to become a lawyer in the Czech Republic Martin KOPA, Maxim TOMOSZEK Legal Education in the Czech Republic The basic requirement for all traditional legal professions in the Czech Republic is obtaining of a Master degree in Law. The Master study program takes five years.10 In order to be accepted to Master study program, the students must successfully pass the maturity exam, which typically comes after 9 years of elementary school and 4 years of secondary school. Recently, a uniform maturity exam was intro- duced for all secondary schools, but most universities still prefer an- other type of admission exam. The admission tests for Master study program in Law typically consist of two parts – one is focused on general social sciences background and the other tests general qualifi- cation for university study. The content and structure of Master study programs was until re- cently relatively unified on all four public Law Faculties (Brno, Olo- mouc, Pilsen, Prague). The first year was dedicated to mostly non-law subjects and basic law subjects (history, psychology, sociology, phi- losophy, theory of law and roman law), the second and third year were dedicated to core subjects of public and private law (civil law, civil procedure, family law, criminal law, criminal procedure, constitution- al law, administrative law, administrative procedure), and the fourth and fifth year usually offered public and private international law, more specialized subjects (labor law, social security law, tax law) and elective courses. 10 For more information of university education in the Czech...

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