Brazil legal system is a hybrid system, as it derives most of its statutes from the Italian, German, French and Portuguese civil law. The Federal Constitution governs Brazil as its supreme law. In 2010, Brazil was recognized for being the third country in the world with the highest number of lawyers.
The high number of lawyers in Brazil is attributed to a large number of law schools in the country. The number of lawyers approved by the Brazilian Bar Examinations is approximately 800,000. However, the lawyers can reach about three million if all law students can be approved.
To become a lawyer in Brazil, you need to pass the vestibular exams. High school students willing to proceed to the university for a law degree must pass this examination. After completing the vestibular successfully, a student is finally enrolled in the university. Attaining a law degree in Brazil requires at least five years. Both public and private universities get the mandate to train from the National Commission of Legal Education of the OAB Federal Council and the Ministry of Education as well.
Apart from the vocational training offered by universities, law students must take part in internship programs. After attaining a law degree, the students take up the Brazilian Bar Examination to be approved as practicing lawyers in Brazil.
Ricardo Tosto has proven to be an avid leader as well as a strategist in Brazilian legal practice. He embarked into legal practice in a small office before getting a position in a top corporate litigation law firm in the area. Throughout his career, Tosto participated in defending many companies and personalities in nationally recognized cases. He also played an instrumental role in providing legal services to leading Brazilian multinationals and corporations as well as the governments and politicians of diverse political ideologies.
With vast experience in commercial law spanning for more than 22 years, Tosto is highly skilled in M&A banking, civil and commercial litigation, electoral law among other fields. He is also among the founders of the Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados. Tosto also boasts of membership roles in numerous entities such as the Law Firms and Partnerships Research Centre, Brazilian Bar Association and the International Bar Association.