The law is one of the popular professional fields in Brazil. However, for one to qualify as a lawyer, there are certain requirements one should meet. Historically, the Brazilian Law traces its roots from Portuguese Law. This is because Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese and gained independence back in 1822.
Requirements for Lawyers in Brazil
- Pass Vestibular and Attend a Law School
In Brazil, a student is only enrolled in the university when she or he has passed the Vestibular examination. The exam is usually integrated into the Brazilian High School National Exam. A law degree course takes a minimum of five years and is offered by both public and private universities.
Internships are usually provided by law firms and other companies that offer law-related services. It integrates theoretical knowledge students acquired in class with real-time law practice. Law students are required to submit internship applications to the law firms of their choice.
- Pass the OAB exams
The OAB (Ordem dos Advogados de Brasil) is Brazilian leading Bar Association. It sets the regulations that law graduates and professionals should meet before practicing law. The OAB exam is administered thrice every year. It comprises of a multiple-choice section and a selective section where a candidate can choose to specialize in tax law, criminal law, administrative law, labor law, constitutional law, or civil law. The candidate must attain the 60 percent pass mark in the provided quizzes to qualify as a lawyer.
About Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira
Ricardo is a reputable Brazilian lawyer, who owns one of the biggest litigation law firms in Brazil. He majorly handles litigation cases. He has represented several renowned companies and public figures in court and has a good track of record for most of the cases he has handled. Besides court trials, Ricardo also provides legal advice to established Brazilian companies, the government, and politicians.
He is among the first litigation lawyers in Brazil to offer litigation services based on the mass actions model. This model has helped companies that have once sought his legal advice, to grow in terms of performance. While Ricardo’s company, Tosto e Barros, has regional offices in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, its main base of operations is in São Paulo.