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.
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
The statutory requirements for being granted a licence to practise as a legal advisor are 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 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.
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:
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).
The Supervisory Council for Legal Practice
P.O. Box 720 Sentrum,
Tlf: (+47) 22 00 75 00
Office address: Rådhusgaten 23, second floor