Insight weeks at the Law Society

Join us to find out more about what we do as the professional body for Scottish solicitors.

We offer four insight weeks each year in the months of February, June, August and October.

The programme is unpaid and lasts for one week, Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Insight weeks are based in our Edinburgh office. 

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Smiley Person Icon   Can I apply?

Our insight week programme is based in our offices in Edinburgh and is designed for school pupils or LLB/Diploma students/graduates.

We are looking for people who demonstrate a keen knowledge of and interest in what the Law Society of Scotland does. We want you to show us how an insight week with us would benefit you in your career. We receive a lot of applications each year, so make sure you really think about how you can answer the questions fully and make yourself stand out.

You will be offered a placement with specific dates so it is important you are able to attend in Edinburgh on those dates. We will reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred throughout the course of the insight programme. This will include travel expenses (maximum of £12 per day) and lunch expenses (maximum of £5 per day).

 

Print Tick Icon   Application process and closing dates

There are two closing dates for applications - 23 June and 15 December each year.

To apply, complete our application form in full. The selection process will be based on the application forms only, no supporting evidence is required. Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt. You will be notified within 14 days of the closing date if you are to be offered a placement. If you have been unsuccessful, you will be notified within 21 days of the closing date.

Return your application form to our HR Team, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX or by email. If you require more information on our insight weeks, please contact the HR Team directly on 0131 476 8172.

 

Building Icon   What would I get up to during the week?

We tailor our insight week to the individual, but generally you will spend time with several different teams to gain a breadth of experience from across the Society.

Read our sample insight week programme to find out more

 

Q And A Icon   What is the insight week really like?

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Stephen Haig spent a week with us in February 2017. Here's his round-up of his insight week.  

My name is Steven Haig and I’m a real life sixth year student looking to soon study Law and International Relations at university, with the very broad career intentions of working in human development and solving societal issues. So in February, looking for an insight into the legal sector, I dived into working with the Law Society of Scotland for a week. Having only heard of the Law Society from searching for work experience on google, it was an eye-opening experience when I arrived there on that first Monday morning. As such, I thought I’d give you an idea of the experience my eyes were opened to.

The first thing that struck me as I began to learn about the work of the Society was its diversity. Actually wait, that’s not true, the first thing that struck me was the fact that there’s a ping pong table in the kitchen, but that’s another matter entirely. Nevertheless the diversity of work carried out in the Society was still a significant surprise as I began my week, and more importantly, this diversity ensured an interesting week lay ahead.

A breakdown of the week's work

So after a warm welcome from human resources, I found myself in the financial compliance department, being asked “what do you know about money laundering?” Fortunately, this questioning lead, not to my arrest, but instead to a fascinating discussion regarding the prevalence of money laundering on an international scale ($1.5 trillion per annum – see, I did learn some things) and its associated repercussions, as well as how the Law Society works to combat this serious area of crime here in Scotland.

Next up, I joined the newly established research department. With them I learned of the importance of legal research in informing and influencing policy in the Society itself, but also in government and other public bodies which listen to the professional expertise of the Society. This influence is part of the Society’s admirable mission to create a fairer and more just society by promoting the legal interests of both the legal profession and the general public.

This leads me on nicely to my work with the policy department. There I attended multiple meetings and learned a fundamental truth: policy involves a lot of discussion. Not that that’s a bad thing, the discussions provided some of the most interesting points of the week as I learned about current issues in legal policy, legislative review and access to justice. And of course, I just had to spend some time with the international department (given my personal interests); the chance to gain a legal perspective on Brexit was too good to miss.

Taking a break from legal issues, I also spent a day with the communications department. This involved speaking with specialists in internal and external communications, as well as public relations. This was then followed by working in the Education, Training and Qualifications department, where I was introduced to the wide range of work that the Society does to ensure the quality of legal education, and the importance of the accessibility of this education.

Top tasks

Importantly for me, during my time in each of these departments the work I did was of genuine use to the professionals I was working alongside. For example, I conducted a range of research; from investigating the credibility of a so-called Ukrainian law Society to assessing the potential opportunities and risks of an increase in the popularity of online legal support. I was also involved in summarising judgements regarding financial crime cases, working on a survey used to assess the risk of law firms being used for money laundering as well as drafting a press release for the Society. One of my favourite tasks however was being shown an extensive (and confidential) research report regarding a legal issue of immediate importance, and being asked to summarise this concoction of complex data in a simple PowerPoint for the staff of the Society. Through this active engagement in genuinely important work on behalf of the Society, I learned a great deal about a myriad of legal issues, as well as making my own contribution, however minimal, to help solve these issues. And that, as well as the extensive knowledge I’ve acquired throughout the week, has definitely been the most valuable part of the experience.

My advice

So if you aren’t convinced already, I really would recommend this week of work insight to anyone in the senior phase of secondary education thinking of studying law, or those already studying law at university. It is a great opportunity to learn of the many nuances of the legal sector, as well as meeting the fantastic employees of the Society, thus being able to build a useful base of contacts. Not to mention the fact that, throughout the week, you’ll be sure to have some fun; there is a ping pong table after all.