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Right from when you’re an LLB student until you’re 5 years PQE, the Society is committed to supporting you to kick-start and to develop your early career.
There are lots of the Society’s initiatives you can get involved in as a new lawyer - give the options below a browse.
- Sign up to news from the Law Society
Receive tailor-made news and updates for new lawyers from the Law Society’s monthly e-bulletin
- Join the SYLA (Scottish Young Lawyers Association) or TANQ (Trainee And Newly Qualified Society)
These member-only organisations for aspiring/newly qualified solicitors help you get connected with the legal profession. Their numerous events are often free-of-charge and are a great place to network, socialise and learn in an alternative environment.
- If you're a student, join the Law Society's Student Associate scheme
It's free of charge to join and gives you the opportunity to get involved with any of our volunteering opportunities, as well as access to career building information like CV or interview advice.
- Become a mentee
The Law Society’s mentoring scheme matches mentees with experienced mentors who will help new lawyers carve their career path and develop themselves professionally. Having access to one-to-one professional support in a geographical area that means a close link can be maintained can be hugely beneficial to a young solicitor’s career.
- Attend CPD for New Lawyers events
These small-scale seminar events can help you build up specialised legal knowledge on chosen topics. It can also help demonstrate a commitment to your career as it shows a desire to seek professional development, which will in turn boost your CV. CPD for New Lawyers events are always in the evenings for convenience, take place throughout Scotland around 30 times per year and are £10 to attend.
-Please note, if you're a student and would like to get involved with one of our programmes, you'll need to first sign up as a student associate.
- Attend legal studies and careers days
Help school pupils interested in the legal profession to understand what it’s like to pursue a career as a solicitor. Tell them what it's like to be a law student, a trainee or a newly qualified solicitor from your own personal experiences.
- Become a Donald Dewar Debating Tournament Judge
Over 100 teams take part in the debate and we are always looking for judges. Maybe you've got debating experience or just an interest in it. Regardless, as a judge you will be amazed at the qualify of arguments put forth by Scottish school pupils.
- Visit a school as a guest speaker
A lot of school pupils won't yet have considered a career in law. Tell them what it’s like to be on the path to becoming a solicitor and tell them how you got there.
- Become a Street Law trainer
Be a Street Law trainer and create your own lessons alongside a fellow student to teach school pupils about how the law affects them and make it fun! Street Law is an extremely popular and successful initiative and we really encourage keen people to put themselves forward. Street Law trainers will undertake a training weekend to ensure they are well prepared for teaching lessons and are entirely familiarised with the Street Law content and approach.
- Blog for us
We publish student blogs, trainee blogs and newly qualified blogs to give peers and fellow members of the profession a snapshot into life as a new lawyer. Share your experiences and talk about issues that are important to you as a new lawyer.
To apply to write a blog contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join one of our Committees
Do you have a particular interest in one of the areas our Committees work in? Committee members act on behalf of the Society, in the interests of the Scottish solicitors' profession and in the interests of the public in relation to the profession.