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General requirements

Only members of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) are allowed to practice law in Liberia. To become a member of the bar the applicant is required to:

  • Be a Liberian citizen (§ 17.1 Judiciary Law)
  • Be over 21 years old (§17.1 Judiciary Law)
  • Have completed a recognized law school education (§ 17.4 Judiciary Law)
  • Serve an apprenticeship for at least one year in the office of a counsellor of the Supreme Court, or of an attorney who has been in practice for at least five years (§ 17.4 Judiciary Law)
  • Pass satisfactorily a written bar examination given by the National Board of Bar Examiners (§ 17.4 Judiciary Law)

Additionally a license is required to practice law in Liberia (§ 17.9 Judiciary Law). The licensed is issued by the Bureau of Revenues of the county or territory in which the licensee resides and registered in the office of the Clerk of Court of the county or territory.

Fees

All lawyers must pay a yearly fee to the LRA of US$100. Similarly all lawyers must pay a fee to the respective bar associations. In this regard, Attorneys at Law are to pay US$180 whereas Counsellors at Law are required to pay US$360 to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing.

Admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court

Any attorney who has practiced law for at least five years may submit a petition to the Supreme Court to become a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court as a counsellor to the Supreme Court. The petition shall be supported by the affidavits of at least two practicing counsellors of the Supreme Court, one of whom shall present the petition to the Supreme Court. The petitioner must also pass a written examination on questions which a lawyer in practice before the Supreme Court may reasonably expect to meet, which shall be prepared and conducted by the National Board of Bar Examiners.

Marketing ban

Lawyers are not allowed to advertise in Liberia.

Acts and Regulations

The Judiciary Law of 1972 can be found here.

The Code of Moral and Professional Ethics can be found here.

The Circuit Court Rules can be found here.

The General Court Rules can be found here.

 

 

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