If you have acquired your professional qualifications abroad, you must obtain recognition of your qualifications from the Norwegian authorities in order to practice the profession in Norway. The competent authority will assess whether you meet the requirements to practice the profession and use the professional title in Norway. You will find information about documentation requirements, the application process and regulations here.

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Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual. Please submit your application with attachments to The Supervisory Council for Legal Practice.

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 lawyer practice. Note: In-house lawyers working for an employer may apply for an exemption from these rules.
  • Your law firm must be registered in Norway.


Additional documentation that needs to be submitted with the application:

  • Recognition as a Lawyer in Norway when you hold a professional title from another EEA country or Switzerland:
  • Confirmation of completed aptitude test from the Faculty of Law at University of Oslo (UIO). Alternatively, a confirmation that the professional has worked as a registered EU/EEA lawyer for at least 3 years in Norway and during this period has worked mainly with Norwegian law.
  • Registration as an EEA lawyer in Norway.


Confirmation from the responsible authority in the home country (usually the responsible association for lawyers) that the application holds a permit to practice law and that there is no ongoing sanctions regarding the professionals.


  • 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. 

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Criteria/conditions for recognition: 

If you acquired your professional qualifications in an EEA country or Switzerland, you may have the right to have your application processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act and Regulations on the approval of professional qualifications. In addition, there are national regulations related to the practice of the profession as stipulated in the Norwegian Courts of Justice Act Section 220 and the Regulations for Advocates Chapters 9 and 10.

Case processing deadlines:

The competent authority must acknowledge receipt of your application within 1 month of receipt and inform you of any missing documents.

The competent authority shall take a justified decision no later than 3 months following the submission of your complete application.


Fee to the Supervisory Council for Legal Practice and the Disciplinary Committee: NOK 4,200 

Aptitude test fee: NOK 12,000

Right of appeal:

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the decision, you may appeal in writing, pursuant to Chapter VI of the Public Administration Act. If your application is processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act, the right of appeal also applies if the recognition authority has exceeded the case processing deadlines (see Case processing deadlines above).

Competent authority

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

Tlf: (+47) 22 00 75 00

Office address: Rådhusgaten 23, second floor

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