Earning a Law Degree in Greece
The Master of Law degree (LLM) is an advanced degree that can be obtained after earning a bachelor's of law degree (LLB). Although an LLM is not necessary to have in order to practice law in Greece, it is desirable by law firms when hiring students fresh out of a law program and can provide specialized knowledge for students wanting to practice a specific area of law. Most students take between five and six years to complete their LLB and LLM degrees.
After graduating from a law program, students are allowed to take the bar exam following completion of an 18-month internship with a law firm or independent lawyer. The Greek bar exam consists of oral and written sections concerning criminal, civil and commercial law. Students wanting to practice law in Greece should be aware that the bar exam is given in the Greek language.
EEA and European Union students do not have to pay tuition at attend public schools or universities in Greece. However, tuition may be charged for certain master programs. Non-European students will need to pay a fee each year, which includes textbooks, lab fees, etc.
Qualified Greek lawyers enjoy a high social and business status, especially when practicing in Thessaloniki and Athens. Currently, there is increasing demand for governmental and private company lawyers rather than law firms specializing in only one type of law.