LLB and Diploma students and graduates in Scotland are being offered the chance to join the first of the new categories of affiliate members of the Law Society of Scotland.

From next Monday, 5 September, those studying or who have graduated in a law degree course or the postgraduate Diploma will be able to sign up – for free – as "student associates" of the Society. The move puts into operation part of the Society's five-year strategy Leading Legal Excellence, launched last year, which sets the goal of opening up affiliate categories to those within the legal sector who are not qualified solicitors.

Benefits of becoming a student associate 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 Society, commented: “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.”

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