France
AVOUES QUALIFICATION


The function of the avoue is highly specialised and much more restricted than that of an avocat. The narrow scope of his functions means that the requirements of his professional training are less broad than for an avocat. His university degree need not exceed the three-year Licence en droit and his professional examination is concentrated on civil procedure matters. He must, of course, have practical training by way of a stage with a practising avoue. The stage is of two years' duration. The professional examination required is called the examination of professional competence for the functions of avoue. This corresponds with the CAPA required of an intending avocat, but its subject matter is more specialised and it is taken at the conclusion of the stage, and not, as in the case of an avocat, before the commencement of the stage. The successful avoue is then enrolled with one of the Courts of Appeal.