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.
Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual. Please submit your application with attachments to the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway.
If the lawyer's command of the Norwegian language is not satisfactory, the person in question must appear jointly with a Norwegian lawyer during litigation, unless the court gives its consent for the advocate to appear by him/herself. In other special instances, the court may stipulate as a condition for accepting that a foreign advocate may appear as counsel or defence attorney that the lawyer shall appear jointly with a Norwegian lawyer, cf. the Regulations for Advocates Section 10-4 third paragraph.
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 218 second paragraph 4) and the Regulations for Advocates Chapter 10 Part I.
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 for starting legal aid practice - Notification to the Supervisory Council:
The Supervisory Council: NOK 2,400.
The Disciplinary Committee: NOK 750.
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).
The Supervisory Council for Legal Practice
P.O. Box 720 Sentrum,
Tlf: (+47) 22 00 75 00
Office address: Rådhusgaten 23, second floor