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Foreign Lawyers not to Be Allowed to Practice in Korea

Apr 13,1999
Foreign lawyers are still unlikely to represent their clients in Korean judiciary courts, but are probably going to do legal consulting, as the Korean legal market opens up.
Foreign lawyers can seek compensation for damages done to their clients if they have been lawyers for 5 years.
However, the ban employing domestic lawyers and operating a judicial business in partnership with them is still in effect.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ), on April 13, reached a final governmental conclusion, based on a proposal prepared by the Research Committee On Opening legal affairs under the Korea Bar Association (KBA) banner.
According to the proposal, foreign lawyers who will work in Korea, and have had a legal career over 5 years after getting the legal license regardless of their nationality, and should register with the KBA.
The Government will dispatch its delegates to the Service and Trade Committee of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as soon as the governmental proposal is concluded.
The government plans to decide the time and degree of opening in the Korean legal market, according to the results of the negotiations with WTO.
Jangsoo Seo:jsbee@joongang.co.kr


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