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NON-EU wants to be lawyer in Switzerland

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I am currently studying law in Turkey.After my 4 years LLB training in Turkey, what should I do for work in Switzerland ? Also, I don't know about if I have to study LLM or not. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 05.12.2017, 06:40
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Re: NON-EU wants to be lawyer in Switzerland

Work for a turkish company. But better read up on the non EU hiring procedures first as you cannot just show up and start working
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Hi everyone,

I am currently studying law in Turkey.After my 4 years LLB training in Turkey, what should I do for work in Switzerland ? Also, I don't know about if I have to study LLM or not. Any help will be appreciated.
From what I have seen over the last 10 years, law is not an area that Switzerland has a shortage of workers in. Not to mention EU workers get priority.

I would say you have very little chance.
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Re: NON-EU wants to be lawyer in Switzerland

Plus Turkish law is not Swiss law. Non-EU hiring criteria is here:

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html

You'd also need to be fluent in a Swiss language.
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Old 05.12.2017, 16:11
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Re: NON-EU wants to be lawyer in Switzerland

To be fair the Turkish Code of Obligations and Civil Code are largely based on the Swiss Code of Obligations and Civil Code.

The real problem is different:
- an admitted lawyer who is a EU/EFTA citizen, can also practice in Switzerland.
- an admitted lawyer who is not a EU/EFTA citizen, cannot. The latter would need take the bar exam in Switzerland again.

If the OP wants to work as an admitted lawyer (as opposed to being an inhouse counsel), he/she would need to take the bar exam in Switzerland. In order to do so the OP would first need to fulfill the following requirements (Art. 7 Swiss Lawyers Code):
- have master/licentiate diploma from a Swiss University (or an equivalent diploma from a country which has reciprocal recognition of diplomas);
- do at least one year (depends on the canton) of traineeship.
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what should I do for work in Switzerland ?
My understanding of the difference between a bad and a good lawyer is that the latter one finds a way where the former one doesn't. I believe that finding a job is more important than finding a way to take it legally.
And, as already mentioned here, speaking fluently at least in one Swiss official languages is essential.
Hint for a first step: Swiss legal insurances, such as CAP Rechtschutz. They employ a lot of law advisers, and I am not 100% sure they all have ideal employment paperwork. For me, as a customer, important is that they always find a way.
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I believe that finding a job is more important than finding a way to take it legally.
And, as already mentioned here, speaking fluently at least in one Swiss official languages is essential.
Hint for a first step: Swiss legal insurances, such as CAP Rechtschutz. They employ a lot of law advisers, and I am not 100% sure they all have ideal employment paperwork. For me, as a customer, important is that they always find a way.
And you really think that those companies would hire a lawyer without work permit?

Just hope that that company does not have anyone working for them on here, with what you are implying.
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what should I do for work in Switzerland ?.
Something where good knowledge of Turkish law is important as it is more or less your only option to get a work permit as a non-EU national.
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Old 05.12.2017, 17:38
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Something where good knowledge of Turkish law is important as it is more or less your only option to get a work permit as a non-EU national.
If I understand the OP correctly is he at the beginning of a 4 year LLM. Given the current rate it is going down will there not be much Turkish law left by the time he graduates...
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If I understand the OP correctly is he at the beginning of a 4 year LLM. Given the current rate it is going down will there not be much Turkish law left by the time he graduates...
Probably why they want to know how they can work in Switzerland.
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