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Becoming a lawyer in Luxembourg

Qualifying as a lawyer

To become qualified in Luxembourg, the first step of eligibility is to hold a Master's degree in Law. If not conferred by the University of Luxembourg, your degree will have to be homologated first.

You will then need to undergo the CCDL 'Cours Complémentaires en Droit Luxembourgeois'. These are a series of lessons each year, starting in October with exams taking place in February. Should you not pass all the exams, there are re-takes available in June.

Before taking the oath, you will need an intermediate level of Luxembourgish, French and German. A language certificate is required to prove the levels necessary.

 


The 'prestation de serment', the swearing-in ceremony generally takes place four times per year, usually in February, June, September and December.

Once sworn-in, you will be on the 'liste II' of the Luxembourg Bar, and will be considered as a lawyer ('Avocat').

Following this you will need to enroll yourself in a 'stage judiciaire'/a training contract with a law firm for a duration of 2 years. During the training contract, you are required to take continuous lessons and later complete exams towards the 'avoué', which takes place twice per year in June and December.

Once the exams are completed, you will be able to register on the 'liste I' in Luxembourg, and will be considered as a fully qualified lawyer ('Avocat à la Cour').

Qualified lawyer in another country?

If you have already become a qualified lawyer in another EU or partnered country but would like to work in Luxembourg, you need to register yourself with the Luxembourg Bar, after which you will be enrolled on the 'liste IV' ('Avocat exerçant sous son titre professionnel d'origine').

After having worked for a law firm in Luxembourg for three years, you will be able to enroll on the 'liste I'.

Support with your legal qualification

We support you in your career towards the Bar qualification by offering study leave for revision, courses and exams, language courses, if needed, and provide information sessions and guidance from recently qualified and more senior lawyers.

We also offer the possibility to work part time during the CCDL, allowing you more time to prepare for your courses and exams.

The recruitment process

The first stage of our assessment process is for you to submit your complete application online, including providing your CV and cover letter. Please note that, due to GDPR regulations, we are unable to process applications via email.

Shortly after submitting your application, if successful, you will receive an email from us asking you to attend a telephone interview with an HR advisor in charge of the practice area you applied to. This takes approximately 30 minutes. Should you be successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend a face-to-face interview, held at our offices in Luxembourg, or a video interview, if not possible for you to attend in person. Depending on the role you have applied for, there may be a third interview, consisting of an hour with the Partners or senior lawyers of the practice area(s) you have applied to join.