Appointment as Danish lawyer - for lawyers who have been appointed as lawyers in another EU Member State, an EEA country or in Switzerland (admission to the Danish Bar)

Danish lawyers (admission to the Bar) are appointed by the Danish Minister of Justice. Admission may take place on the basis of previous work with the Danish legal system or on the completion of an adaptation period set in advance by the Department of Civil Affairs.

How to apply?

Submit an application accompanied by the necessary information and documentation. You can read more about this below.

Admission on the basis of previous work with the Danish legal system

Enclose the following with the application:

  • Copy of passport;
  • Documentation verifying that the applicant is a lawyer in their home country;
  • Documentation that for at least three years the applicant effectively and regularly has been working with the Danish legal system, including EU law, or documentation that for a period of at least three years the applicant has effectively and regularly pursued the profession of lawyer in Denmark, but has only been working with the Danish legal system for a shorter period of time. In the latter case, information on and documentation of knowledge and professional experience of the Danish legal system must be provided, as well as information on courses and seminars attended relating to the Danish legal system;
  • Personal consent to the Ministry of Justice obtaining information from the Danish Criminal Register; and
  • Personal declaration that the applicant is of legal age and not under guardianship or co-guardianship in accordance with section 5 and section 7 respectively of the Danish Guardianship Act, is not subject to an administration order and has not entered into bankruptcy proceedings.

Admission on the basis of completion of an adaptation period set in advance by the Ministry of Justice

Enclose the following with the application:

  • Copy of passport
  • Documentation of qualification equivalent to Danish master’s degree in law;
  • Documentation verifying that the applicant is a lawyer in their home country;
  • Documentation that the applicant has completed an adaptation period set in advance by the Ministry of Justice. In connection with this, please see Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, cf. Consolidated Act No. 575 of 1 June 2011 (on access to pursue certain professions in Denmark)
  • Personal consent to the Ministry of Justice obtaining information from the Danish Criminal Register; and
  • Personal declaration that the applicant is of legal age and not under guardianship or co-guardianship in accordance with section 5 and section 7 respectively of the Danish Guardianship Act, is not subject to an administration order and has not entered into bankruptcy proceedings.

Sending in your application

The application can be submitted electronically via this website.

You can also send directly to the Department of Civil Affairs by post or e-mail. See contact details below.

Requirements for non EU citizens and businesses

Other requirements for non EU-citizens and businesses apply. Please contact the Danish Ministry of Justice, Department of Civil Affairs or visit the website for further information.

Fee

No fee required.

When can I expect an answer?

You will receive a response from the Department of Civil Affairs within two months of the date on which the Department received the application accompanied by the necessary documentation and information.

If more than two months pass from the day on which the Department received the application accompanied by the necessary information and documentation, you will be contacted by the Department of Civil Affairs and told when you can expect a decision to be made.

Appointment may not be assumed even if you have not received a response from the Department of Civil Affairs before the expiry of the abovementioned deadline.

In case of rejection

You cannot appeal a decision made by the Department of Civil Affairs to another authority. You are able to bring the Department’s decision before the courts.

Who to contact for questions?

Danish Ministry of Justice, Department of Civil Affairs

Toldboden 2
8800 Viborg
Denmark
Tel.: +45 33 92 33 34
Fax: +45 39 20 45 05
E-mail: civilstyrelsen@civilstyrelsen.dk

Web: civilstyrelsen.dk

Public registers and databases

You will find a list of Danish lawyers and EU lawyers in the Danish Bar and Law Society’s lawyer database at www.advokatnoeglen.dk or www.advokater.dk

If you would like more information on appointment as legal counsel (admission to the Bar), you can read about it in more detail on the Ministry of Justice’s website: www.jm.dk.

If you would like more information on working as a lawyer in Denmark, you can read about it in more detail on the Danish Bar and Law Society’s website: www.advokatsamfundet.dk

Danish Bar and Law Society
Kronprinsessegade 28
DK-1306 Copenhagen K
Denmark

Tel.: +45 33 96 97 98
Fax: +45 33 96 97 50
E-mail: samfund@advokatsamfundet.dk
Web: www.advokatsamfundet.dk

 

Legal basis in Danish law

The actual pursuit of the profession of lawyer is also subject to a number of requirements. In connection with this, please see Parts 12-16 of Consolidation Act No 1257 of 13 October 2016 on the administration of justice as subsequently amended.

Legal basis in EU directive(s) on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications

Directive 98/5EC: To facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a Member State other than that in which the qualification was obtained

Directive 2005/36/EC: On the recognition of professional qualifications