Bar Association

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A Bar Association or Bar Council , shortly RAK is an occupational organization of the legal profession .

Professional representation

There are several organizations at the international level, such as the International Bar Association , the Union Internationale des Avocats , the Inter-Pacific Bar Association , the International Federation of Women Lawyers and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex Law Association .


At the national level, the structure of the bar association varies from state to state. In some states there is a central organizational structure. In others, a federal structure with an umbrella organization and its independent member organizations, such as the Austrian Bar Association and the chambers of the federal states.


In some states, all lawyers are compulsory. In Great Britain , for example, barristers , i.e. lawyers who appear in court, must belong to one of the Inns of Court . In others, membership is voluntary, but attorney practice is subject to certain conditions. As in New Zealand, for example, where lawyers must obtain license from the New Zealand Law Society for a fee to practice their profession . In still others, membership is completely unconditional.


The specific tasks of the chambers vary according to the legal system of the state. You can, for example, the economic and political advocacy of the legal profession, the registration and / or licensing of lawyers, the perception of civil legal tasks such as creating and enforcing rules of conduct, information services for the members and their continuing participation in the development of the legal system and the Include insurance coverage for members.

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