Article 9 of Law No 247 of the 31st December 2012, published on the Gazzetta Ufficiale (GU) 18-1-2013 no 15, allows lawyers to obtain the title of Specialist. The latter can be achieved by participating at training courses (with a minimum length of two years) with proven experience. The courses have to follow the directives set by the National Association Bar (CNF), the Scuola Superiore dell’Avvocatura (SSA) and the Ministry of Justice, in terms of agreements with the legal departments of various Law faculties.
On the 24th May 2014 the UFTDU was introduced in the list of most representative Bar Associations under Article 5, comma 3, letter b) of the regulation 11 April 2013 no 1.
The Ruling by Ministerial order no. 144 of the 12th August 2015, published on the 15th September 2015 in GU no 214, sets out the regulation to obtain and maintain the title of Specialist Lawyer, and at Article 7 it foresees that the National Bar Association, in collaboration with the most representative Specialist Associations, can promote courses with the latter purpose.
Article 14 of the Ruling recognises the legitimacy and validity of the two-year courses organised by the Associations.
The UFTDU carries out activities of High Formation since 1999.
The UFTDU and the SSA have concluded, on the 9th March 2017, a memorandum of understanding initiating Specialisation courses in accordance to Law No 247 of the 31st December 2012.
The UFTDU also concluded a convention with the Sapienza University of Rome on the 21st April 2017 and is collaborating with the University of Florence and the University of Milan to organise Specialisation courses on international law.
The School has two headquarters (Milan and Rome) and various branches (with a minimum of 10 participants), that will be connected to the headquarters by videoconferences and will offer tutors.
The total length of the course is two years (200 hours).
Registration is open for lawyers that have signed up to one of the Bar Associations.
The maximum number of participants at the headquarters is 80, whilst at the branches is 30.
Further information will be included in future notices.
Decision of the National Bar Association
Agreement between the SSA and the Union of Jurists
Agreement between Sapienza University of Rome and he Union of Jurists.