There are a number of obligations trainee lawyers (to find out more, see traineeship) have to fulfil during their traineeship. They are supervised in their day-to-day work by a supervisor (also known as a ‘master’). Trainees have to attend lectures (professional training), sit examinations and assist with second-line legal assistance.

Once a trainee has completed his/her professional training and passed his/her exams, a trainee will be provided with a B.U.B.A. certificate.

B.U.B.A.’ stands for “certificate of competence to exercise the profession of lawyer” (“practice certificate” in English). This means that trainees do not obtain this certificate university (where they already studied for five years), but only afterwards.


Dutch Brussels Bar
Palace of Justice
1000 Brussels

Tel. 02/508 67 62
Fax 02/514 22 66

KBO nr: 248012469

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