A Comparative Study of the Route for Lawyers to Access the French and Thai Legal Systems

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Nuttawut Klaikham
Jessica Laglasse


To become a lawyer, certain conditions must be fulfilled in all countries: a legal degree, citizenship, academic background, moral requirements, training, etc. Some similarities and differences can be highlighted depending on the country's legal and regulatory frameworks. The objective of this article is to analyze and compare how to become a fully-qualified lawyer in both France and Thailand in order to provide observations to improve the access to legal professions in Thailand.

This article was written by using the literature review method from primary legal documents (such as legal provisions) and related regulations from France and Thailand.[1] Secondary legal documents (law books, official administrative reports, etc.) were also used in order to analyze and offer observations and recommendations concerning access to the legal profession in Thailand.

This study demonstrates that becoming a lawyer in Thailand is similar to the French legal system in many aspects though differences between the two countries' systems certainly exist. Today, the process of accessing legal professions in Thailand is subject to major concerns and Thai jurists request reform. This study is relevant because access to the profession is currently being discussed in Thailand.


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