Being a lawyer in Brazil isn’t a bad job if you can get it. The country has more lawyers — and law schools than any country on Earth. Brazilian lawyers are touted as some of the most respected and highly-trained jurists — even better than in the U.S. Becoming a lawyer in Brazil is not a walk in the park. There are a number of hoops an aspiring lawyer must jump through before they even make it to law school. The process actually starts in high school. Students who desire to go into law are hand-picked in high school and must take a test. If they pass, it’s on to college then law school. It’s a tedious process, but it can pay off handsomely if you have the desire and patience.
All law schools are sanctioned by the Commission of Education Specialists. A great many law schools in Brazil are monitored for quality and must meet strict standards. The last bar exam administered in 2014 only had about 14% of its applicants pass. A number of law schools were tested in regards to the curriculum and quality. The highest ranking schools include Federal University of Minas Gerais, Law School of San Paulo, University of Brasilia, University of San Paulo and Federal University of Rio Grand do Sul.
One product of Brazil’s law schools is Ricardo Tosto. He is regarded as among one of the finest lawyers in all of Brazil. He has represented a number of high-profile clients and many corporations. Currently, he promotes most of his time in corporate law. After law school, Tosto began working for a small firm in San Paulo. After gaining years of experience, he was able to open his own firm and offer his extensive services to the people of Brazil.
Tosto has helped the country adopt a number of economic laws that were designed for the betterment of his country. He often works pro bono on certain cases. Tosto oversees most of the cases that come through his office. He ensures clients that he and his staff will provide the best representation to secure the settlement they deserve.
Many up and coming lawyers depend on the mentoring of established lawyers. Through their guidance, lawyers are able to find many opportunities that weren’t available decades ago. Young lawyers look forward to gaining experience through helping clients so that they can continue to move up.