Today, Brazil boasts of arguably the highest lawyer population in Latin America. Statistics shows that the country has over a thousand law schools, which have a combined population of not less than 200,000 students. It’s also estimated that the country has close to a million lawyers with the states of Rio and Sao Paulo accounting for almost half of them.
Becoming a Lawyer in Brazil
The fact that Brazil has many lawyers is not to mean that becoming a lawyer in the country Brazil is an easy ride. Before one gets the nod to practice law in the country, the person must have passed the Vestibular, acquired a university degree, and passed the National Bar Exams.
The vestibular is an exam administered by High School National Exam and is the one that gives students from high school the ticket to join the University. At the university, law students undertake a not more than 5-year law course and graduates with a degree in law. With the degree already in the basket, the law graduates go for an internship in reputable law firms in the country. The internship is followed by a legal course at Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB) from where the students undertake the Brazilian Bar Examination. OAB is the body mandated with the responsibility of regulating the legal profession in Brazil. After passing the bar exam, students are given the power to practice law in the country.
About Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho
Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho is a revered lawyer and a legal strategist in Brazil. The alumnus of Mackenzie Presbyterian University runs the Tosto and Barros Advocates, a top law firm in Sao Paulo. As the most experienced lawyer in the company, Tosto has trained the majority of the lawyers practicing under Tosto and Barros Advocates.Ricardo handles serious cases involving senior government officials, politicians, and top corporations in Brazil. He is also an author, The Process of Tiradentes being his most famous book.
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