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Traineeship numbers “on the rise”

03 February 2015 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland has reported a rise in the number of traineeships available for aspiring solicitors.

Following a slight decrease the previous year, an 11% rise in the number of traineeships started in 2013/14 indicates improving prospects for Scotland’s future lawyers. The statistics also show that 93% of trainees admitted in the last practice year are now employed as solicitors, compared to 88% in 2012/13.

Katie Wood, manager in the Law Society's Registrar's team, said: "We’re delighted to see the number of training contracts on the rise. It’s encouraging to see an increase of 11% and it’s also promising that the number of recently qualified trainees being employed as solicitors has risen.

"The Society’s traineeship statistics are a useful indicator for people considering the next step in pursuing a career as a solicitor, in particular those thinking of doing the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice or currently on the Diploma and looking for a traineeship. Those seeking traineeships should be encouraged by the latest statistics, however it is still a competitive market and aspiring solicitors should continue to follow our careers advice regarding looking for a traineeship.

"Last year we updated our advice on Taking on a Trainee, which provides a factual look at what's involved for employers and offers insight into some of the main benefits of taking on trainees – from the financial contribution they can make to the firms and new skills they can bring. Flexible traineeships, such as sharing a trainee with another firm or offering a part-time traineeship, can provide a good option for some firms. I would encourage anyone interested in taking on a trainee to look at the information we have provided on our website.”

ENDS                                                                          3 February 2015

Notes to editors:

The full traineeship statistics can be found on the website at: /education-and-careers/studying-law/currently-studying-the-llb/information-about-traineeship-numbers/

The statistics have been generated by the Registrar’s Department in relation to the number of traineeships that the Society registered in the practice year 2013/14. The Society publishes all statistics based on the practice year, which runs from 1 November to 31 October each year. These statistics are generated on an annual basis.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact Sarah Sutton on 0131 476 8170 or email sarahsutton@lawscot.org.uk.

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