The national division of the Brazilian Bar (OAB) recently released the fifth annual edition of its Seal of Approval report, a list of 139 law schools recommended by Brazil governing body for the legal profession. Law schools included on the list have high bar pass rates as well as high scores on the national Undergraduate Student Achievement Test. Of the 1300 law schools in Brazil, only 10% have been awarded the OAB Seal. According to OAB national president Vinicius Furtado Coelho, the purpose of the program is to improve quality of legal education in the country.
Public institutions, which are prohibited from charging tuition or fees in Brazil, dominated the list. Although long standing bastions of legal education, such as the University of Sao Paulo and the Federal University of Pernambuco are included, several younger law schools also made the cut. The universities with the highest bar pass rates are also mostly public institutions. According to the OAB’s Bar Passage report, the university with the highest pass rate is the Federal University of Viçosa in Minas Gerais, with a 77% pass rate, followed by the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, with a 76% pass rate.
Admissions to high-performing law schools is highly selective, with all universities operated by the federal government participating in the new national admissions process, which involves a standardized test, the results of which are used to determine admissions. Some state universities continue to administer their own competitive examinations.
Ricardo Tosto is one of Sao Paulo’s most respected attorneys and the managing partner of Leite, Tostos, Barros & Associates. A graduate of one of Sao Paulo’s most prestigious law schools, McKenzie Presbyterian University, Ricardo Tosto is one of the country’s best known commercial litigators and expert in financial litigation.
Ricardo tosto also has a keen interest in politics and also practices in the field of election law. In addition to the accolades he has received during his legal career, Ricardo Tosto is also known for his talents as a historian of colonial Brazil. Ricardo Tosto is also a founding member of the Brazilian Institute for the Study of Election Law.