Legal profession; application for admission

The activity under the German title "Rechtsanwalt" requires a license according to § 4 of the Federal Lawyers' Act (BRAO).



The prerequisite for admission to the bar is the acquisition of the qualification for judicial office pursuant to Section 5 of the German Judges Act or the fulfillment of the integration requirements pursuant to Sections 11 et seq. of the Act on the Activities of European Lawyers in Germany (EuRAG) or a certificate from the Examination Office pursuant to Section 16a (5) EuRAG that an equivalent professional qualification exists.



Processing time

The competent bar association will decide on your application once all the necessary application documents have been submitted.

Required documents

  • Application form "Admission to the bar

  • Photo

  • Resume

  • certified examiner's certificate

    (Certified copy of the examination certificate on the acquisition of the qualification for judicial office according to Section 5 of the German Judges Act (Second State Examination in Law) or of the certificate on passing the qualifying examination or on another admission requirement according to Section 4 BRAO. The certification must have been carried out by a notary public or a sealing authority. For the admission procedure, the certification can also be made by the Bar itself).

  • Proof of the conclusion of professional liability insurance

    (During the period of admission to the bar, professional liability insurance must be maintained without interruption with an insurance company authorized to do business in Germany. The minimum insurance sum is 250,000 euros for the individual case of damage. The benefits of the insurer for all damages caused within one insurance year can be limited to four times the amount of the minimum insurance sum (§ 51 BRAO ).


  • The admission fee is 250 to 260 euros. In addition, there is a chamber fee set by the respective bar association (around 200 to 340 euros per year). The fees and contributions can be paid by bank transfer (also via online banking).


Legal disputes in connection with admission to the bar are decided by the Lawyers' Court (sections 112a et seq. BRAO).


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