Law Society promotes flexibility for trainee solicitors
Trainee solicitors can add value to an organisation and their clients, says a new guide for solicitor firms and organisations.
Taking on a Trainee, published by the Law Society of Scotland this month, encourages solicitors to consider taking on a trainee, and suggests alternatives to the traditional two-year, full-time traineeship in a law firm.
Austin Lafferty, President of the Society, said: "Training the next generation of Scottish solicitors is extremely important, and I believe is part of a wider sense of professional responsibility. I would urge all solicitors to take a look at the new guide to find out more about what is involved and what they can offer. It doesn't matter if it is a corporate boutique legal firm, one of the larger firms, an organisation with an in-house legal team or a sole practitioner, all sizes of organisation can offer excellent training for future solicitors.
"In these difficult economic times, it has become increasingly difficult to nail down the final hurdle to qualification as a solicitor and we have seen some demand from both would-be trainees and training firms for alternatives to the traditional training route."
The new guide provides information on flexible options, including shared traineeships, part-time traineeship and secondments, which could suit firms which are potentially concerned about the cost of taking on a trainee. For example, a firm could offer shared traineeship, where a trainee works at more than one organisation - and the Society can help put interested firms in touch with one another - or alternatively a part-time traineeship where the length of the traineeship will be altered to reflect the part-time hours.
Lafferty added: "In addition to ensuring that talented law graduates can complete their route to qualification as a solicitor, having a well-trained trainee on board can bring a very positive financial contribution to the organisation over the course of the traineeship.
"The booklet is designed to give you the information about how to take on and train a trainee solicitor. Read it, use it, and consider taking a trainee. It will be challenging, rewarding and stimulating. It will change a new lawyer's life forever and will very probably make a hugely positive impact on your business."
Taking on a Trainee can be downloaded from the Law Society of Scotland website.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Olivia Bambridge on 0131 476 8170 or Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884.
18 March 2013