During your traineeship

This section of the website will provide you with information about what you need to know and do during your traineeship, and when you should do this.  You can also refer to our handy guide 'The Trainee Handbook' for more information.

Your training contract

Please remember that you are required to complete the standard training contract (sent to you by the Law Society). Your training contract must be completed by you and your firm/organisation and forwarded to the Society for registration. Registration of your training contract must occur within three months of the start date of your training contract and so it is vital that your completed form is received by the Society in sufficient time to allow for this.

Training contract changes

Since 2012, trainees are no longer be able to upload their quarterly performance reviews into their records if a training contract has not been received by the Society. Please note that in terms of the Admission as Solicitor (Scotland) Regulations, the contracts must be received by the Society for registration within three months of the commencement of training. If you have any queries, please contact legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk.

A trainee who has successfully complied with all of the above will be deemed to have achieved the 'standard of the qualifying solicitor'.

Your traineeship

During the course of your traineeship, there are certain things which you must do in order to be admitted to the solicitors' profession. Some of these elements can be completed over the course of the two years and some must be completed at certain times of the year.

During the traineeship, you are required to achieve the following:

The PEAT 2 training plan

If you would like to know more about any of the above elements of the traineeship, please refer to the Society's PEAT 2 training plan, which provides further explanation.

If you have any questions in relation to any element of this, please email peat@lawscot.org.uk.

Other considerations once you have started training

Please follow the links below to find out about:

The information found in the above sections of the website applies to all trainees who started their training on or after 1 September 2011. If you started your traineeship before 1 September 2011, slightly different rules may apply to you. If this is the case, please contact our Education, Training & Qualifications team on 0131 476 7907 or email legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk.

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