Finnish Bar Association in brief

Members of the Finnish Bar Association include all attorneys-at-law in Finland and about half of the public legal aid attorneys. Number of Bar Members is ca. 2,100. In Finland there are about 20,000 lawyers of which ten percent are attorneys-at-law.

At least the following is required of an attorney-at-law:

  • a Master of Laws degree
  • practicing for at least four years in the field of judicial administration, but in any case
  • for at least two years as an associate
  • passing a bar examination
  • being in respect of his or her characteristics and way of life suitable for the profession.

The objects of the Bar Association are:

  1. the maintenance and enhancement of the sense of responsibility and the professional skills of its members as well as the development of advocacy in Finland generally in a manner conducive to the members forming a Bar that serves proper judicial administration and in general merits trust and respect;
  2. the promotion of the professional unity and the common interests of attorneys-at-law and
  3. the supervision of the activities of attorneys-at-law.

The Bar Association also monitors the legal developments in Finland and provides its experience to society by issuing statements and making initiatives.

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