Ricardo Tosto Dicusses Brazilian Legal Education

Although Brazilian law is based on the civil law system of continental Europe, steeped in the tradition of medieval universities, Brazilian legal education in the 19th century was not uniform or standard. In fact, until the twentieth century, there were no universities in Brazil, and for most of the nineteenth century only two law schools existed in the country, one in Sao Paulo and the other in the northeastern state of Pernambuco.

Although the two law schools trained lawyers and public servants, the practice of law in Brazil was not strictly regulated until the formation of the national bar after World War II. There was a predecessor institution, which required a degree from one of the law schools in the country or from a foreign school. However, membership in this organization was voluntary and it was not a bar or law society in the modern sense.

The practice of law in Brazil is regulated by the Order of Brazilian Lawyers, and membership requires a diploma from an accredited law school. Graduates of foreign institutions would have to have their diplomas re-issued by a Brazilian public institution of higher learning in order to be admitted to the practice of law.

Ricardo Tosto earned his LLB degree from Mackenzie Law School in Sao Paulo. Moreover, Ricardo Tosto is a sought-after expert in dispute resolution and a variety of practice areas. His law office, Ricardo Tosto & Associates, is considered one of Sao Paulo’s top practices.

In addition to his legal career, Ricardo Tosto is passionate about the history of his country, have penned several works on the subject. Ricardo Tosto also holds a certificate in business administration from FAAP University.

Ricardo Tosto facebook: facebook.com/people/Ricardo-Tosto/

Leave a Reply