Lawyer

In order to perform the profession and use the professional title in Norway you need to meet certain minimum requirements from laws and regulations. If you have obtained your professional qualification abroad, you must apply for recognition from Norwegian authorities. You will find information about documentation requirements and the application process here.

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Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual. Please submit your application with attachments to the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway.

Common requirements for working as a lawyer in Norway:

  • Confirmation that a general insurance company furnishes security in the amount of NOK 5 million to compensate for losses.
  • Receipt for fees paid to the Supervisory Council for Legal Practice and the Disciplinary Committee.
  • Declaration from an authorised/registered accountant confirming that he/she accepts the assignment as auditor for your enterprise. Note: This does not apply to Norwegian lawyers working in-house for an employer.
  • Your enterprise must be registered in Norway.
Additional documentation that needs to be submitted with the application:

How to apply for a licence to practise law in Norway when you hold a professional title from another EEA country or Switzerland

How to apply for registration as an EEA lawyer in Norway

The common requirements do not apply if you apply for a licence to practise law in Norway and do not hold a professional title from another EEA country or Switzerland.

How to apply for a licence to practise law in Norway when you do not hold a professional title from another EEA country or Switzerland

Comments

  • All copies submitted must be certified by a lawyer, court of law or court-like body. Any documentation that was not issued in English, Danish or Swedish must be translated by a government authorised translator.
  • If you hold a professional title from an EEA country, you can register as an EEA lawyer in Norway, but you have to use your title from your home country. You are not entitled to use the Norwegian title Advokat. 

Language requirements:

No.

Criteria/conditions for recognition: 

The statutory requirements for being granted a licence to practise as a lawyer are stipulated in the Norwegian Courts of Justice Act Section 220 and the Regulations for Advocates Chapters 9 and 10.

Case processing deadlines:

The recognition authority must respond to the applicant within one month of receiving the application for recognition.
The recognition authority must have completed its consideration of the application within three months of the application being complete.

Fees:

Fee to the Supervisory Council for Legal Practice and the Disciplinary Committee: NOK 3,150 

Aptitude test fee: NOK 12,000

Right of appeal:

You have the right to appeal against the recognition authority’s decision. The decision can be appealed pursuant to the provisions of the Norwegian Administration Act Chapter VI. 
The right of appeal also applies if the recognition authority has exceeded the case processing deadline (see Case processing deadlines above).

Recognition authority

The Supervisory Council for Legal Practice
P.O. Box 720 Sentrum,
NO-0106 Oslo

E-mail: post@tilsynet.no
Tlf: (+47) 22 00 75 00

Office address: Rådhusgaten 23, second floor

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