Search for Quality in the Law Profession of Brazil

Brazil has a large number of law schools and many lawyers. According to data announced by the National Council of Justice (CNJ) in 2010, there were 1,240 Law schools in the country while those in the entire world totaled to 1,100 law schools. The law schools are in every States of Brazil. It is amazing how Brazil has more law schools than the world’s law schools combined.
The number of registered lawyers in Brazil that are certified by the Brazilian Bar Examination is 800,000. But statistics show that if all law students who graduate from law school were approved after the Examination, the country would flock with approximately three million legal experts. As of 2010, Brazil had a total of 621,885 lawyers, and the number has risen over the years.

More does not necessarily mean better. The high data does not imply that all courses provided in Brazil are of high quality. It shows that the country’s courses of law are increasing, and some of them are not recommended. Currently, most of the courses are under the Ministry of Education (MEC) supervision. This is because, for the past few years, there had been unsatisfactory grades in the Difference Indicator of Expected and Observed Performance (IDD) and the National Exam of Student Performance (ANADE).

In 2014, the Minister of Education announced that the Ministry would inspect all law courses in Brazil to check if they comply with the basic standards of law education. One of the well-known lawyers in Brazil is Ricardo Tosto, the owner of Leite Tosto e Barros Advogados. He studied law at the Mackenzie University and attended Fundação Armando AlvaresPenteado to study business administration. His prowess in the field has enabled him to represent notable entities and individuals in several cases that later gained national attention.

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