The Brazilian law was majorly a component of the Portuguese Law. But after becoming independent in 1822, the country embarked on a journey to create its own legal system. Legal schools needed to be created to incubate and nurture young Brazilians who would then become legal professionals. As a result, the first Brazilian law school came to exist in 1827 in Sao Paulo.
It’s now almost two millenniums since the first law school, and the country has made remarkable changes in its legal system. The country boasts of the highest number of law schools in the world. However, becoming a lawyer in Brazil is an uphill task. The students have to undergo a thorough training closely supervised by the government. A law student must pass a Vestibular, get a degree in Law and pass the National Bar Examinations.
Law universities in Brazil only accept students who have passed their Vestibular. Both private and public universities offer this examination during intakes. There are then enrolled into an academic program designed by the government. Most universities are quite secretive and don’t reveal full details of their curriculum, but some subjects are mandatory for all institutions. They include basic education axis, professional education axis and practice education axis.
Best Lawyers in Brazil
Brazil has a good track record for producing some of the best lawyers in the world. One of them is Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho, a managing partner at Leite. He rose through the ranks of the legal profession due to his brilliance and expertise. Today, he is one of the most recognized lawyers in Brazil. He has over 22 years of experience in law. He has been successful in high profile cases in the country.
Ricardo is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He is the former Managing Director of Sao Paulo OAB Commission for Modernization of the Judiciary. He is also among the founding members of the Brazilian Institute for Electoral and Party Law Research. Ricardo graduated from Mackenzie Presbyterian University with a degree in Law. He also has a post-graduate degree in Business Administration.