Saudi Women Given Licenses to Practice Law

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Saudi Women Given Licenses to Practice Law
Fri 11-10-2013

4 Saudi lawyers have made history by becoming the first women to practice law in the kingdom’s courts!

Bayan Zahran, Jihan Qurban, Sarra Al Omari and Ameera Quqani were given the licenses that allow them to change their status from legal consultants to attorneys.

The change means that the ban imposed on female law graduates to practice law in the courtroom and own and operate law firms will be lifted. It follows years of relentless requests and moves by several women to allow them to use their law degrees.

The impact of the ministry’s decision will be enormous on the local court system where women embroiled in divorce and custody cases have often complained of bias in favor of husbands. They will now see the presence of practicing women lawyers as a new opportunity for greater justice.

Bayan, one of the four women lawyers who made history, used her Twitter account to share the breakthrough news.

"I have received the license to practice law as a lawyer. I pray to God that it will help me serve my religion and my nation," she posted next to a picture of the license, valid for five years.