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A Foreign Lawyer can work in Switzerland?

Hello all,

I have a cousin who is a Sr. lawyer and recently divorced and it is his second divorce. Thats why he is so frustrated and wants to leave his country (Turkey). I have not talked to him yet, I am just searching for possibilities..

Well, he speaks English and I am sure that to be a lawyer in Switzerland, you need more than that. He has to learn one of the official languages and make recognise his law diploma.. etc

Is there anyone who has any idea regarding this case? Is his diploma is completely useless in Switzerland or any other EU countries? Does he have to study bachelor again? or maybe studying in master enough? His age is 36 by the way.

Turkish Civil Code has been taken/copied from the Neuchatel Civil Code. You can find a few small differences only. I do not know if it helps to him.

I am just looking for the possibilities.. If you can give me some ideas, I would appreciated it
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Re: A Foreign Lawyer can work in Switzerland?

Law is not really a career that travels well.

I'm not a lawyer, but I guess he'd have to do Swiss post grad qualifications (what ever they maybe) similar to the UK LPC. I'd think a bigger barrier would be learning German/French to a high enough level... for Law your language would need to be spot on.

Alternatively I think international corporations have "in house" lawyers, who might work in English and in non-Swiss Law qualifications. However I guess it depends what type of Law he is in.
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Re: A Foreign Lawyer can work in Switzerland?

Unless he is a citizen of an EU/EFTA country and has been admitted to the bar in an EU/EFTA country, his qualifications will not be recognized in Switzerland, and he will not be permitted to practice as a "lawyer".

This being said, he can work as an inhouse counsel or legal advisor for a company. He will then still have the issue of getting a work permit.
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