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  • Graduated Grammar School and High School in West New York, New Jersey. Attended “La Universidad Santa Maria in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, where I obtained the degree of Attorney at Law. Attended Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York where I obtained a Masters in Comparative Legal Studies and a Certificate of International Law.

  • Many reasons why I became interested in studying law in Venezuela. First, I had many family members that were attorneys in Venezuela and being that I was interested in pursuing a law career, they would always tell me how beneficial it would be for me to also be licensed in Venezuela and in the United States, especially because I have always been interested in pursuing a career in International law. Secondly, because I had been residing in the United States for so long that I began losing the ability to speak proper Spanish and I knew that if I was to attend Law School in Venezuela, I was sure I would again be able to speak proper. Last but certainly not least, the academic path to become a lawyer in Venezuela is less expensive than that in The United States and having my siblings choosing careers such as Medicine and Dentistry respectively, my parents were not in the financial capacity to pay for college and grad-schools for all three of us. I knew that if I would pursue my legal career in the United States I would have had to obtain a loan for college and law school. So, I decided to study in Venezuela, obtain my Attorney License, then return to the United States to complete my studies herein and eventually sit for the New York Bar Exam.

  • The main research I conducted prior to attending law school in Venezuela was if I was able to attend law school there with only having had studies only (3) years of grammar schools in Venezuela. After researching, I discovered that Venezuela does not have an undergraduate and a graduate school. A student that graduates from High School can choose to attend a law school or medicine schools directly from High School, without having first attend a four year college. Similar to that in jurisdictions where bachelors in law (LL.B) are issued. These high school students are required to take an exam similar to the LSAT right out of high school and depending on their scores will determine which law school they could apply to. My personal issue is that no student can sit for this exam unless he/she had completed certain high school courses. The ministry of education has an exception to High School Graduates from a foreign jurisdiction. This exception allows foreign High School Graduates to simultaneously take the required high school courses while attending law school. This is exactly what I did.


  • Practice of Foreign Attorney’s Law in Venezuela: Foreign attorneys are authorized under the “Codigo de Etica Profesional de Abogados” “Attorney Ethic Code” to counsel Venezuelan Residents of their own law so long they obtain previous authorization by the competent bar association. That is, a French attorney may give legal advice to a Venezuelan Resident of only French Law if they are authorized by a bar association. An issue may arise however, if they are admitted to Venezuela as a Tourist and their intentions are solely to give legal advise to one of their clients or potential clients. If this is the case, then the attorney may have obtain a workers visa especially if they foreign attorney is receiving monetary compensation for their advise.

  • Reciprocity: Countries from and Andean Community (Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela) have reciprocity to practice Venezuelan Law so long as they take an exam similar to a bar exam. If they are successful in passing this exam, they will not have to fulfill the requirement of attending a Venezuelan Law School prior to admission. Spain is the only other country that has the same reciprocity as the Andean Community Countries.

  • If a foreign attorney wishes to practice Venezuelan Law and such attorney’s jurisdiction is not part of the Andean Community or Spain, they must submit their law school syllabus to a Venezuelan Law School for homologation, in which time the law school which classes will the foreign attorney need to take prior to being admitted to practice law in Venezuela. A civil law jurisdiction attorney will always take fewer courses than those from a common law jurisdiction. However, this foreign attorney will not be required to take the law school aptitude exam (lsat) prior to applying for such law school. This foreign attorney does have to satisfy a requirement depending on the law school of a Legal Thesis and it presentation and/or a 20 week unpaid governmental legal-internship. Upon completion such requirements and after having completed all courses in law school, this student will receive an “Abogado” “Attorney” Diploma and is eventually admitted to a Venezuelan Bar.

  • There are many law schools through out Venezuela, the most important ones are “La Universidad Central de Venezuela”, it is a public law school, it is the most famous and international renowned law school in Venezuela and is located in Caracas. “La Universidad Santa Maria”, a private law school and is located in Caracas and Puerto la Cruz (eastern part of Venezuela). “La Universidad Catolica Andres Bello”, a private law school and is located in Caracas. “La Universidad de los Andes”, a public law school and it is situated in Merida (western part of Venezuela).

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