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Levelling the playing field

The moderation of Scottish exams results has once again highlighted the challenges faced by pupils from lower-performing schools. Heather McKendrick, Head of Careers & Outreach, discusses how the Law Society is attempting to ensure fair access to the profession, what more needs to be done and how employers can help.

Advocating hope - lessons from summer school

Our week-long virtual summer school had sessions on a wide variety of topics, including exploring the work of advocates. Attendee Julian Thomson discusses the impactful words of one particular speaker and how they inspired him to explore advocacy as a career.

Virtual summer school inspires the next generation of lawyers

For the first time ever, the Law Society of Scotland ran its summer school virtually this year, with more than 70 pupils from across Scotland attending. Mac Sanderson, a fifth-year pupil at Boroughmuir High School Edinburgh, discusses his experience of the summer school and why everyone interested in a career in law should sign up.

Virtual ways to boost your employability

With social distancing measures in force across the country, Laura McLay, a third-year law student at the University of Edinburgh, looks at the virtual ways aspiring legal professionals can develop their skills and gain work experience online.

Street Law - a priceless opportunity

Street Law trainer, Emmanuel De Abreu, provides a reflection of his time as a street law trainer and why law students should consider getting involved

Why you should consider a career in-house

Craig Smith, solicitor at East Dunbartonshire Council, discusses his experience of being an in-house trainee and why a career in-house is well worth considering.

Life as a court trainee

Ross O'Donnell, first year trainee at TC Young, tells us why he believes that life as a court trainee is truly fascinating.

Why non-traditional educational routes can bring a valuable perspective to the legal profession

In the last of our series of blogs relating to alternative pathways into the profession, Emma Jackson, curriculum head for legal services and Jason Graham, lecturer in law, City of Glasgow College, tell us how non-traditional educational routes can bring a valuable perspective to the legal profession.

Should you consider college before university?

In the latest of our series of blogs, Fife College lecturer, Sarah-Jane McCormick, discusses why many students choose to study the HNC/D Legal Services prior to the LLB and the benefits of doing so

Can you become a solicitor with no Highers? I did!

Kevin Currie, discusses his journey from his time as an apprentice mechanic, with no Highers, to becoming a trainee solicitor at Andersonbain LLP and the hurdles he faced along the way

HNC to Trainee

COPFS trainee Freya Anderson Ward explains why, for her, the HNC Legal Services was the perfect stepping stone to the LLB.

HND to LLB and beyond

In the first of a new series of blogs highlighting non-traditional pathways to qualification, David Durie, DPLP student, tells us why studying the HND Legal Services helped him realise his potential and prepare him to for the next step

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