The equivalence of a professional qualification acquired abroad is determined upon application.
The competent examination office for the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Saxony is the State Justice Examination Office of Baden-Württemberg as the "Joint Examination Office of the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Free States of Bavaria and Saxony".
The aptitude test for admission to the bar is also conducted in Germany by the following examination offices:
- Joint Examination Office of the federal states of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Thuringia for the aptitude test for admission to the bar and
- Joint Examination Office of the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein
The Examination Office determines the equivalence of a professional qualification from abroad if the professional qualification acquired there includes the knowledge that is essential for practicing the profession of lawyer in Germany.
If such equivalence cannot be established, the applicant has the option of proving their qualification by passing an aptitude test.
Once the equivalence of the training has been established, the competent bar association will grant admission to the bar.
The Examination Office confirms receipt of the application for determination of equivalence within one month of receipt of the application. It shall decide on the application no later than four months after receipt of all required documents. The imposition of an aptitude test is considered a decision in this sense.