Admission as a solicitor

It is important that you contact the Society's Education, Training and Qualifications team to ensure that you complete the correct forms to apply for admission as a solicitor. Please email to request the relevant paperwork for admission (stipulating if it is to be for admission after one or two years) and for information on the associated costs.

The admission process can take up to eight weeks from receipt of the correctly completed paperwork.

For more information on what you can and can't do as a trainee, both before and after you have been admitted, see the rules for trainees section of this website.

Admission after one year

Once you have completed a full year of training, you can apply to be admitted as a solicitor. This is at the discretion of the training firm (the employing solicitor will be required to certify that in their opinion you have reached an appropriate level of competence) and is also subject to satisfactory performance during the traineeship. PQPRs must be up to date at the time the admission application is processed and you must have completed a minimum of 20 hours of TCPD.

Admission after one year enables you to be granted a restricted practising certificate and appear in court. For the costs relating to practising certificates, please see the information for new solicitors section of our website.

Admission at the end of your traineeship

Alternatively, you can choose to be admitted and discharged (in one single process) at the end of the traineeship, if this is more appropriate. The costs and time taken are exactly the same as for the admission process after one year.

Registered European lawyers

If you are a registered European lawyer (REL), please use the REL3 form to apply for admission as a solicitor.

The fit and proper test

A person cannot be admitted as a solicitor unless they are deemed to be a 'fit and proper person to be a solicitor'. The Society has issued guidance as to how fitness and properness will be addressed at various stages of qualification. The Society has reviewed its guidance to take into account the recent amendments to the Disclosure Scotland processes arising from The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2013.  Applicants should bear this in mind when completing any application form or making any declaration to the Society.

More information on the fit and proper test can be found in the Starting a traineeship soon section.

If you have any queries, please email

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