Becoming a lawyer in any jurisdiction is a challenging effort. Generally, to become a lawyer, students must pass their respective jurisdiction's bar exam after graduating from an accredited law school, or after apprenticing with a lawyer or judge for several years. Italy's law students face similarly stringent requirements, in addition to completing a two-year apprenticeship program. After the apprenticeship, they are allowed to take the bar exam in order to become a licensed lawyer.

Enroll in and complete the requirements for the undergraduate-level law degree, a three-year program known in Italian as "Laurea in Scienze Giuridiche."

Enroll in and complete the requirements for the graduate-level law degree, known as "Laurea Specialistica in Giurisprudenza." After completing the requirements of the graduate-level law degree, recipients are conferred the title of "Dottore Magistrale in Giurisprudenza."

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Complete the required two-year apprenticeship program in a legal office. Every half year, graduates must participate in at least twenty cases. At the end of the first year of the apprenticeship, graduates are allowed to defend clients in the lowest courts of the nation. At the completion of the apprenticeship, graduates receive a certificate of aptitude.

Register for and pass the Bar exam in the district where your office is located. The Bar exam contains written and oral components.

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Nicholas Smith has written political articles for SmithonPolitics.com, "The Daily Californian" and other publications since 2004. He is a former commissioner with the city of Berkeley, Calif. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California-Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law.