Work experience

The Law Society of Scotland offers four work placements each year in the months of February, June, August and October.

Our work placement programme is based in our offices in Edinburgh and is designed for school pupils or LLB/Diploma students/graduates. Our work placement programme is unpaid and lasts for one week, Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. 

During the week, you will visit a number of different departments, including (where possible) Access to Justice, Education and Training, Law Reform and Professional Support. To give you an insight into a typical week on placement at the Law Society, please see our Sample week document.

We receive a lot of applications each year, so before you apply you need to think carefully about why you are applying and be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the placement. We are looking for you to show why you are keen to spend a week working within the Law Society of Scotland.

Application process and closing dates

There are two closing dates for applications - 24 June and 23 December each year. You must complete our application form in full. The selection process will be based on the application forms only, no supporting evidence is required. Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt. You will be notified within 14 days of the closing date if you are to be offered a placement. If you have been unsuccessful, you will be notified within 21 days of the closing date.

You will be offered a placement with specific dates so it is important you are able to attend on those dates. The placement is based in Edinburgh and it is important you can attend in Edinburgh throughout the week of the placement.

To apply for a work placement with the Law Society of Scotland, please complete our application form and return it to the HR Department, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX or by email. If you require more information on our placements, please contact the HR department directly on 0131 476 8172.