Lawyers in Germany have to go through the same two phase legal education whether they are to become higher civil servants, public prosecutors, Rechtsanwälte or Notare. There are certain regional variations to this pattern of legal training which may be principally explained on historical grounds, but which are not very substantial.
Article 5 of the Richtergesetz makes it clear that the object of all
the different forms of legal education is to obtain the qualification necessary
to hold judicial office. The holding of this qualification is a necessary prerequisite
for entry to all branches of the legal profession.
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