How to become a Scottish solicitor

There are a number of ways to become a solicitor in Scotland:

The standard route to becoming a solicitor (for those not already qualified outwith Scotland)

The vast majority of people wishing to become a Scottish solicitor will complete three distinct stages:

  1. The LLB degree in Scots law, which can be studied at ten universities in Scotland, followed by;
  2. The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, which can be undertaken at six universities in Scotland, followed by;
  3. traineeship - the period of paid, in-office training.

It is possible to undertake the LLB part-time or full-time, and there is also an online/distance learning option. Details of all of the options at the ten universities in Scotland that deliver the LLB can be found in Where to study the LLB.

In addition to the information above, our website also contains information on the time it takes to qualify as a solicitor and an idea of how much it will cost.

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A dedicated member of staff will help with any questions about qualifying as a solicitor, including information on universities, the cost of studying law and career prospects, as well as any general questions about a career in the legal profession. Please contact Lyndsey Thomson at or call 0131 476 8143.

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