With bar passage rates as low as 15% in some cases, the Brazilian bar exam is controversial. In the past, each state administered its own exam, much like in the United States. However, the new exam is standardized, and all Brazilian law graduates must take the exam in order to be admitted to the practice of law.
Because of the low pass rates, proposals have abounded in recent years ranging from doing away with the bar exam to allowing certain exceptions. There have even been lawsuits filed alleging that the current system violates constitutional rights by requiring an examination for entry into a profession that the graduate already has a right to practice by virtue of holding a degree. Ricardo Tosto on Facebook.
None of these suggestions have ever gained any traction, but there is one modest proposal that is currently pending in the Brazilian senate. The bill would grant an exemption from taking the exam to professionals with at least ten years of “forensic experience” in the law. If it passes, the new law could provide a route for people with extensive real-world experience to become qualified lawyers.
Ricardo Tosto is a top authority on Brazilian law and the founder of Ricardo Tosto& Associates, one of Sao Paulo’s most sought-after law firms. In addition, Ricardo Tosto is considered one of the originators of the practice of modern dispute resolution law in the country.
Besides his law practice, Ricardo Tosto is also highly regarded as an author and teacher, having penned several books. He is also an in-demand speaker and presenter in the legal community. Mr Ricardo has had a hand in founding many civic and professional organizations, such as the Institute for Electoral Law. A graduate of one of Brazil’s most important law schools, he is fluent in both Portuguese and English.