Brazil is a home to many lawyers thanks to the numerous law schools present in the country. As of 2010, the country had 621,885 lawyers. Out of this total, São Paulo had the largest number of lawyers – 222,807 lawyers, followed by Rio de Janeiro – 112,515 lawyers, then Minas Gerais – 63,978 lawyers. In 2007, the country had 1,024 courses of law with 197,664 law students.
The OAB examination takes place nationally in March, August, and December. The bar exam is unified and organized by the OAB. After five years in a law school, students take the Bar examination consisting of 2 sections: the 80 multiple choice test and the written test. For the student to be approved for the next section, they must answer at least 40 questions correctly.
After passing the first part of the exam, the student can choose to specialize in civil law, administrative law, criminal law, constitutional law, corporate law, labor law, or tax law. The Bachelors are required to answer five essay questions as well as a drafting project, scoring not less than 60%. The bar exam is quite complex and requires adequate preparation from the students.
The Order of Attorneys of Brazil(OAB) has some public powers even though it is not a governmental entity. Perhaps one of its notable powers is its ability to take disciplinary action on errant lawyers in the country.
Mr. Ricardo Tosto (born 11th of March of 1963) is a renowned lawyer in Brazil. He is a co-founder of Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados. For more than 22 years, Mr. Ricardo has dedicated his life to the practice of business law. His main areas of practice are credit recovery, international law, corporate restructuring, M&A, electoral law, banking, commercial and civil litigation.
Mr. Tosto is an alumnus of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and has an extension course in Business Administration (BA) from FAAP. Tosto is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association, International Bar Association, and the Law Firms and Partnerships Research Centre. Ricardo is also an established author and has written several reviews and articles for specialized magazines. He co-authored the O Processo de Tiradentes.
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