Information for new solicitors

As a qualified solicitor, the Society is your professional body. We are here to represent your interests, provide you with support, advice and services and to make sure that your membership credentials are up to date.

This page provides you with an overview of, and links to, information on looking for a job as a new solicitor and continuing professional development, as well as the various services and benefits that we offer our members. The other pages in this section provide information on the various types of membership we offer and the associated fees.

Looking for a position as a newly qualified solicitor?

We have developed an online film with advice for people looking for a position as a newly qualified solicitor. Roderick Wylie is the former chief executive of Murray Beith Murray and has many years of experience of interviewing prospective newly qualified solicitors. If you would like to access this film (free of charge), please email update@lawscot.org.uk.

You can also check www.lawscotjobs.co.uk for the latest vacancies and careers information.

If you would like to talk to us about your career, you can contact our development officer who can provide confidential advice - careers@lawscot.org.uk.

Continuing professional development

Scottish solicitors are required to undertake 20 hours' continuing professional development in each practice year. Trainees admitted as solicitors during the practice year are not required to undertake CPD until the start of the next practice year (1 November) following the date on which their training contract ends, assuming that the solicitor then holds a practising certificate.

For further details on CPD requirements, see our CPD page in the For members section of the website.

Your network

It is important that new solicitors develop contacts and build up a professional network. Find out how you can get involved.

Your professional practice team

The Society's dedicated professional practice team is able to support you with advice and clarification on practice rules or ethical issues, on a confidential basis.  Contact them at professionalpractice@lawscot.org.uk or on 0131 226 8896.

You welfare

LawCare is a completely free, independent and confidential advisory service available to all solicitors. LawCare can advise those suffering from stress, depression, alcohol or drug additions or eating disorders. Contact LawCare's confidential helpline on 0800 279 6888.

Your membership benefits

As a member, you are entitled to access a range of products and services under the Society's Members' Benefits Scheme.

Identity cards

Identity cards are a useful means of identifying yourself to gain access to prisons, courts and other facilities. Members who are unable to satisfactorily vouch their identity may be refused access to such premises and facilities. Please note that presenting an out-of-date identity card is unacceptable practice. Follow the link for an ID card application form.

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