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Brazil is a former Portuguese colony. Consequently, the South-American country largely borrows from Portugal regarding language, culture, and even constitution. Long before law schools were established in Brazil, Brazilian lawyers used to train from Portuguese universities such as the University of Coimbra in Central Portugal.

Brazilian Law Schools

The first faculty of law in post-colony Brazil, Academies of Law, was established in 1827 in Sao Paulo and was quickly followed by Social Sciences in Olinda. The law professors of those days had gone through the Portuguese system, and therefore Brazil had to adopt the same system. Today, the legal industry in Brazil has grown tremendously with thousands of law schools distributed all over the country and hundreds of thousands of law students. By 2010, there were more than 500,000 practicing lawyers in Brazil. Sao Paulo, where Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho practices, has the highest number of lawyers.

The Constitution

The Brazilian Federal Constitution, promulgated in 1988 and amended in 2004, is the supreme law of the land. The constitution defines the country as a federal republic made up of 26 federate states. Each federate state is given the freedom to formulate a constitution of its own, but this constitution must follow the provisions of the Federal Constitution. The judiciary arm of government is mandated with the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution, with the highest of them all being the Supreme Court.

About Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira

Ricardo Tosto is a Brazilian law guru. He currently practices law under Leite, Tosto and Barros Advogados Associados where he is a partner. Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho studied law at Universidade Presbyterian Mackenzie.

The areas of specialization of Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho are judicial litigation and conflict resolution. Besides law, Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho is an entrepreneur and an author. He holds a BA degree from Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado.

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