Checklists for current LLB students

These checklists have been designed to help you think about what you could be doing at different stages of the degree, to help you during your course and in your career planning.

Please have a look at the relevant checklist and contact heathermckendrick@lawscot.org.uk if you have any questions or would like careers advice.

Checklist for first-year LLB students

During the first year, of the LLB we encourage you to:

  • ensure you know what subjects you need to take for entrance as a solicitor in the future, and also possibly entrance to the Faculty of Advocates
  • pick up a copy of the Law Society of Scotland's student diary - available from your law school office every autumn
  • work as hard as possible in your exams - most employers will take your marks into account at application stage (even first year marks) and they also count towards entry to the Diploma
  • book an appointment with your careers service for advice on building your CV
  • think about getting some work experience, either in a legal office, if you can, or in a general setting - showing you can manage your time, work in a team and hold a position of responsibility will help for job searching in the future
  • try to get involved with societies at university - consider being class rep, joining the mooting society or becoming part of the student law society or sports society
  • sign up to receive information and details of upcoming events from the Law Society via email
  • think about building your network by coming along to events, or getting involved with the work of the Law Society

Checklist for second and third-year LLB students/first-year accelerated students

During the second or third year of the honours LLB (or first year of the accelerated LLB) we would encourage you to do the following:

  • visit the university law fairs/careers fairs and make sure you speak to your careers service about the do's and don'ts of impressing recruiters
  • apply for work experience and internships - many of the bigger firms advertise during November to February, but this is a general rule as opportunities can be advertised throughout the year
  • visit your careers service for help with application forms and interviewing skills - this will really help when it comes to applying for internships and summer placements
  • try to find out as much about the legal profession and different areas of practice as you can - this will help you in deciding whether a career in law is for you, and if so, which area of law most appeals
  • consider the different career options open to you with your LLB as many students don't go on to become a solicitor and instead follow a variety of different career paths - discuss options with your careers service
  • third-year and accelerated students should consider applying for the New Lawyers Essay Competition - the prize is a paid three-week placement in the legal department of the Scottish Parliament, along with £500 cash; look out for details from your university

Checklist for final-year students

During the final year of the LLB, we would encourage you to do the following:

  • ensure you visit your careers service to make yourself stand out in applications and interviews - they can help with all parts of the recruitment process
  • apply for traineeships - large firms often advertise up to two years ahead so the summer between third and final year is a key time so you may find you are applying for traineeships throughout your final year, and Diploma and beyond
  • consider whether to apply for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and ensure if you do, that you apply on time - the application forms are usually available in February and closing date is normally April
  • contact the Law Society of Scotland at careers@lawscot.org.uk for advice on whether to apply for the Diploma, and the latest information on Diploma funding
  • visit the Virtual Diploma Fair on the Law Society of Scotland's website to find about the six Diploma providers, their fees and the courses and subjects they offer (this opens in March each year)
  • attend Diploma open days if possible and research which provider is best suited to you
  • if you require additional funding for the Diploma, consider applying for the Clark Foundation and Pritchard Trust - please note only a small number of people are assisted through grants from these Trusts. Check the grants and trusts section of our website for details of the closing dates