Training as a lawyer in Colombia is not only an opportunity to perform in various fields and facets at the national level; but also to aspire to pursue this career in another country. Yes, although for many it implies quite a challenge, this option is viable, to the extent that you meet the requirements of the State or region you choose to migrate.
With the help of Uriel Pérez Márquez, trial lawyer and associate judge of the Administrative Court of Bolívar, we tell you the steps you must take into account. It may interest you: Are you studying Law? These are the fields in which you can perform.
Step by Step
According to the lawyer, the most common destinations are the United States and some European countries. Now, to pursue a career in the United States, a series of requirements must be met that vary depending on the state, but in general they are these:
– Law degree in your country of origin.
– Language proficiency. Level C1 or Business English must be demonstrated, which can be accredited through the IELTS exam.
– Have a work visa.
– Have a Master of Laws (LLM). This is a title issued by one of the recognized universities, which is achieved after taking some specific subjects. It takes between one and three years.
– Pass the Bar exam. It is a test of general legal knowledge and specific knowledge of the area that is intended to practice. A test (Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination – MPRE) that measures the ethical aptitudes of the professional is also mandatory.
In the common destinations for jurists there are bar associations with suitable peers that validate the professional and human quality to enable the exercise of the profession”.
Uriel Perez Marquez
According to Pérez Márquez, a simpler approach, if you will, but more limited is that of the Foreign Legal Consultant Lawyer. “In these cases, the professional is authorized to provide limited services as legal counsel, with respect to the laws of that,” he explains.
In the case of some European countries, such as Spain, the application for equivalence or homologation of the law degree must be processed. “To homologate the title of lawyer in Spain, the qualifying master’s degree and validation must be completed. You also have to be affiliated with one of the bar associations in that country,” says Pérez Máquez.
Broadly speaking, although it is possible, it is not an easy process, since clearly each country has a legal system, which obeys a particular context.
“It is worth noting that in the common destinations for jurists there are bar associations with suitable peers that validate the professional and human quality to enable the exercise of the profession. This is gradually being implemented in Colombia, without them yet playing a role beyond academic training spaces”, points out Uriel Pérez Márquez. You can read: Since 2001, more than 5,000 lawyers have graduated in Cartagena. What challenges do they have?