A primer on the Legal Profession in Italy: Avvocati italiani -
Author: Stigi & Stiefel
Date: April 21st 2013
Practice area: General
Foreign and international clientele often ask us about the legal profession in Italy. Here is some basic background information concerning our profession and our training, which we hope may be helpful for anyone approaching the, sometimes confounding, Italian legal system.
First, a little terminology. An "Avvocato" is the roughly the equivalent of a "Lawyer" or "Attorney at Law" in the United States and "Barrister" or "Solicitor" in the United Kingdom. In Italy there is no comparable distinction between Barrister and Solicitor.
In Italy, in order to use the title "Avvocato", the Attorney must have passed the State Bar Exam and be licensed with the Local Bar care of the Court District where he/she practices.
To become a Lawyer in Italy, one must first obtain a Degree in Law (Juris Doctor) from an Italian University, which entails five years of Law Study. Upon obtaining the Degree in Law, the Law graduate must then carry out two years of legal training with a licensed Attorney. During the internship, the trainee attorney (praticante avvocato) must to attend Court hearing regularly with his/her mentor and engage in the drafting of legal briefs and contracts under the supervision of his/her mentor.
Upon completion of the training internship, the trainee attorney may sit for the State Bar Exam, which is "challenging, to use a euphemism. The Bar Exam is composed of two parts. The first part is written and lasts three eight-
Italian Attorneys and Solicitors may represent their clients nation-
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