The Law Society of Scotland is encouraging LLB and Diploma students and graduates across Scotland to sign up as its first ‘student associates’.

The benefits of becoming a student associate of the Law Society include receiving free career advice and CV boosting tips, alongside opportunities to get involved with initiatives like the Society’s Street Law scheme and career mentoring programme. Student associates will also be able to access discounted CPD events specifically for new lawyers.

Heather McKendrick, Head of Careers and Outreach at the Law Society of Scotland, said: “It’s really exciting to offer law students the chance to get involved with their professional body at an earlier stage. We already offer a wide range of services and support for students, and the new student associate initiative will help us to improve the level of service we can provide.

“Being a student associate gives students the opportunity to really make the most of what’s on offer from the Society and start building their networks and experience to boost their future careers. I’m looking forward to being able to provide more support throughout university, making sure key information and exciting opportunities to get involved with the profession are offered to students and graduates across Scotland.”

Student associates will be the first new associate category to launch following last year’s publication of Leading Legal Excellence, the Law Society’s ambitious five-year strategy which highlighted plans to open up affiliate categories to those within the legal sector who are not qualified solicitors.

Recent graduates and law students on the LLB and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice can sign up for free from Monday 5 September to be kept up to date on Law Society news and issues that affect them, get advice about boosting their CV and be invited to CPD and networking events across Scotland.

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