Brazilian-British lawyers' exchange programme


Programme Overview

Brazilian British Lawyers Exchange Programme for young lawyers is jointly organised by the Bar Council and the Law Society in partnership with the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (OAB) and Lex Anglo-Brasil.

The programme began in November 2014 with a group of 10 Brazilian lawyers participating in a four-week programme in London. The programme has since seen two groups of young British lawyers head to Brazil for a two-week programme in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and a further group of Brazilian lawyers visiting London in 2016. 

This year we are pleased to be extending the scheme to Mexican and Colombian lawyers which we hope will enrich the programme and enhance the international networking opportunities for participating lawyers and hosting chambers/law firms. 

For any queries regarding the Brazilian-British lawyers' exchange programme, please contact Jessica Crofts-Lawrence.

2018 Incoming Programme - application process now OPEN

The 4-week London-leg programme will take place from 30 April to 25 May 2018. Between 10 to 15 lawyers will be invited to participate in the London-leg. The scheme includes a a short bespoke academic programme provided by BPP University, a series of legal seminars and vocational training sessions and, for a large part of the programme, a placement in barristers' chambers and a solicitors' firm. There will also be visits to key legal institutions including courts, and a social and networking programme.

How to apply

Please read the application guidance document before starting your application to ensure you meet the necessary criteria.

Please email as one scanned or electronic version of the following documents to by Monday 5 February 2018.

  1. Application form
  2. Reference from senior partner in law firm, signed and dated (in English)
  3. Practising certificate/lawyers licence
  4. English language test certificate (for example IELTS or a degree undertaken in English
  5. Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English
  6. Main page of passport

If you have any queries relating to the programme, please email Jessica Crofts Lawrence or on +44 (0) 207 611 1357. 

Previous participants' experiences

Barristers' experiences: 

Brazilian lawyers' experiences:

Promoting UK - Brazil legal links



The Law Society and the Bar Council signed agreements with the OAB to strengthen ties between the organisations and their members. This Programme is part of the implementation of these agreements which have also seen high level visits by each organisation and ongoing dialogue on policy matters of mutual interest.
The Bar Council and the Law Society supported the launch of Lex Anglo-Brasil, a bilateral organisation linking lawyers in each country with events and updates on legal developments.