For members

We offer support and a wide range of services to our members throughout Scotland.

The Society provides many professional, membership and regulatory services to Scotland's solicitors.

Some of the benefits are explained in this video and there's a full list below.

Login to the members' section of the website to access a host of services and functions.

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Everything you need to know about using or accepting a Smartcard and digital signature.

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Among our services, the professional practice helpline offers guidance to members, while the professional support team provides tailored resources for individual solicitors and businesses, including information about legal aid and access to justice, legal reform and information for in-house lawyers and paralegals.

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All Law Society of Scotland members are expected to work to and maintain highstandards of service and conduct. Through its regulatory and other services, the Society defines and promotes standards of conduct and service to members and their clients.

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The membership and registrar team manages membership, the roll of solicitors, training contracts, entrance and admission and the Society's membership database.

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Policy development at the Society is carried out by our teams in law reform and education and training. The Society also represents solicitors and the public in relation to the legal aid system and is responsible for the development of international relations.

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The Society is committed to promoting a sustainable system of publicly funded legal aid and access to justice.

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In-house lawyers are a large and growing part of Scottish legal profession, with almost a quarter of practising solicitors working within government, local authorities, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the public and third sectors, and commerce and industry.

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While we’re proud to work on behalf of and with the Scottish legal profession at home, much of our work involves engaging with organisations from across the globe.

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The Law Society’s members based outside Scotland are a significant part of the Scottish legal profession. We have a large number of members working in private practice and in-house in England, Wales and as registered foreign lawyers.

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The Registered Paralegal Scheme provides a defined professional status and a career path for paralegals and recognises the important role of the paralegal in Scotland.

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The Society of Law Accountants in Scotland represents cash room and accounting staff who support solicitors.

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The Society's Council is responsible for for the admission and registration of notaries.

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Law Society's practice management consultation.

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Guides for those about to embark on or return from maternity, shared-paternity or adoption leave and their line managers.

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