The bar examination
What is a bar examination?
The bar examination is a prestigious professional examination for lawyers arranged by the Finnish Bar Association. Please note, that the examination must be done in Finnish or Swedish. Passing the examination is one of the requirements for obtaining the title of attorney-at-law which in Finland is protected by law and can only be used by members of the Finnish Bar Association.
Lawyers who do not intend to work as attorneys can also take the examination as continuing education. Those who pass the bar examination are issued with a legal counsel licence without a work experience requirement, provided that the other requirements for the licence are met. The licence is granted by the Legal Counsel Committee.
You can take the bar if…
- you have a Finnish OTK/OTM or ON degree; or
- you have completed a law degree outside Finland and have received an eligibility decision from the Finnish National Board of Education confirming that your degree is equivalent to the Finnish OTM degree (there are no equivalents for the degree of oikeusnotaari)
About the bar examination
Claim for rectification
If you fail one of the three parts of the examination, you have the right to file a claim for rectification with the Bar Examination Committee. The appeal instructions will be enclosed with the notice of failure. You can request more information by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does the examination cost?
The total fee for all three parts of the bar examination is EUR 1,500. You will receive separate invoices for each part of the degree by e-mail after the closing of registration. Payment of the invoice by the due date is a requirement for passing the respective part of the examination.
- Written examination EUR 150.
- Ethical part EUR 675.
- Trial part EUR 675.
* Note! The prices do not include VAT, as the Finnish Bar Association is not liable to pay VAT.
The registration is personal. You can cancel your registration for a part of the examination free of charge while registration remains open. The full fee of the part of the examination in question will be charged for cancellations made after the end of the registration period. If cancellation after the end of registration is due to a cause equivalent to a legal obstacle, no fee will be charged. The registration must be cancelled via the link sent to you in connection with registration.
Register for an examination
Please register for the bar examination by the deadline. Late registrations will not be accepted without a cause equivalent to a legal obstacle. Please note, that the examination must be done in Finnish or Swedish.
You can register for the examinations through the registration links provided for each examination or course . Your registration will be confirmed by an e-mail message. If you have not received a confirmation message, please check your spam folder first. If you still cannot find the message, please contact us without delay: email@example.com.