The Board of the Bar admits members to the Bar. Applicants whose application has been rejected are entitled to appeal the decision at the Helsinki Court of Appeal.

To be accepted as a Bar Member (attorney-at-law), applicants must fulfill the following qualifications (Attorneys-at-law Act Section 3 and Finnish Bar Association By-Laws Section 5):

  • Be at least 25 years old;
  • Have completed a Master of Laws degree in Finland, other than a master of international and comparative law degree;
  • or have completed a law degree outside Finland and has received a decision by the Finnish National Board of Education on the eligibility for the post requiring a Master of Laws degree in accordance with the Act on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications (1385/2015 as amended);

  • Have acquired the skills and practical experience necessary for the profession of attorneys-at-law by practicing for at least four years in the field of judicial administration or in comparable duties requiring legal education but, in any case, for at least two years as an associate, public legal aid attorney or independent legal practitioner resulting in comparable experience in advocacy;

  • Have passed an examination in professional ethics and in the special regulations relating to attorneys-at-law (Bar Examination of the Finnish Bar Association);

  • Be known to be honest and, in respect of his/her other characteristics and way of life, suitable for the profession of attorneys-at-law;
  • Is not a bankrupt and has full legal capacity.

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