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Opportunity to join the Brazilian British Lawyers Exchange Programme

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Applications are now open for Brazilian lawyers interested in joining the Brazilian British Lawyers Exchange Programme in London this Spring.

Brazil exchange

The exchange programme is organised by the Bar Council and the Law Society of England and Wales in partnership with the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB) and Lex Anglo-Brasil.

The programme began in November 2014 when 10 Brazilian lawyers participated in a four-week programme in London. Two groups of young British lawyers have since travelled to Brazil for programmes in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and a further group of Brazilian lawyers visited London in 2016.

This year we are pleased to be extending the scheme to Mexican and Colombian lawyers, which we hope will enrich the programme and enhance the international networking opportunities for participating lawyers, law firms and chambers.

2018 Incoming Programme - application process now open for Brazilian lawyers

The 4-week London programme will take place from 30 April to 25 May 2018. Between 10 to 15 lawyers will be invited to participate in the London-leg. The scheme includes:

  • a short bespoke academic programme at BPP University;
  • a series of legal seminars and vocational training sessions;
  • placements in barristers’ chambers and a solicitors’ firm;
  • visits to key legal institutions including courts; and
  • a social and networking programme.

How to apply

Please read the application guidance document (attached) before starting your application to ensure you meet the necessary criteria.

Please email as one scanned or electronic version the following documents to by Monday 5 February 2018.

  1. Application form (attached)
  2. Reference from senior partner in law firm, signed and dated (in English)
  3. Practising certificate/lawyer’s licence
  4. English language test certificate (for example IELTS or a degree undertaken in English)
  5. Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English
  6. Main page of passport

For any queries regarding the Brazilian-British lawyers’ exchange programme, please contact David McNaught at the Law Society.

Past participants’ experiences

Hosting opportunity for law firms

We will shortly be publishing further details of the opportunity for law firms to host lawyers participating in the programme. If you represent a law firm based in London which would like to participate as a host firm, please contact David McNaught to register your interest.

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