The Law on Access to the Legal Profession (Law 34/2006, of October 30, 2006), which entered into force on October 31, 2011, stipulates that in order to obtain the professional qualificaion of lawyer you must:
Accordingly, in order to practice as a lawyer it is not enough to simply become a member of a bar association but rather, on completing your law degree, you mus complete this nes master's degree for acces to the legal profession, including an internship, and pass the final assessment. This new legislation affects all law students graduation from university after October 31, 2011. Consequently, the first group of students affected are those who completed their law degree in the summer of 2012
However, the law contains special rules applicable to second-cycle degree holders (licenciados)(not first-cycle degree holders (graduados)) after October 31, 2011, who are considered exempt from having to complete the master's degree for access (including the internship) and sit the final assessment, provided that they become memebrs (practicing or non-practicing) of a bar association within a maximum of 2 years of fullfilling the requirements to graduate with a second-cycle degree in law. The Law has been implemented by Royal Decree 775/2011, of June 3, 2011, which expands upon and clarifies various aspects dealt with in the Law.