In this section, find out how you can take your first steps to becoming a Scottish solicitor and joining our 11,000 practising members.
We uphold high standards for training new entrants to the profession, which is why we have a great reputation all over the world. There are opportunities for you to join us from whatever stage you're at now whether you're a school pupil just starting out, someone looking for a change in career direction or a lawyer qualified overseas.
It's never too late to change your career and become a solicitor!
If you are interested in making the change to Law but don't quite know where to start, come along to an information evening we are hosting on Thursday 10 October, 6pm - 8pm, at which we will provide you with all the information you need to know about qualifying as a solicitor in Scotland. You will also have the chance to hear from those who have already completed a career change and have the opportunity to have an informal chat and ask questions. For further information please contact Lyndsey Thomson or Yasemin Guven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're an aspiring solicitor you have three possible routes, which depend on what stage you're at. The vast majority of people take the 'standard route' to qualification, which is most-suited to those attending university for the first time. If you already have a degree in another discipline, or a law degree awarded in another jurisdiction, the 'accelerated' route might be best for you.
The pre-PEAT traineeship, is designed as an alternative to the LLB. There are a relatively small number of pre-PEAT trainees every year.
If you're qualified in another jurisdiction, find out about our requalifying routes for rUK, EU and overseas lawyers.
*Please note these are all the full-time study options. Part-time options are also available.
Study Scots Law at one of 10 accredited providers in Scotland. There are honours, ordinary, part-time and online options available as well as the accelerated LLB for postgraduates.
There are various reasons you might not be in a position to go back to university to study the LLB. Find out about undertaking a pre-PEAT training contract in conjunction with the Law Society's exams.
A mandatory one-year course that makes you day-one ready to start your traineeship. The Diploma is currently offered at six universities in Scotland.
Finish your legal education by learning 'on the job', by working as a trainee under the supervision of a qualified Scottish solicitor. When you have successfully completed your traineeship, which spans a two-year period, you are ready to apply to take out a solicitor's practising certificate.
Every person who practises as a solicitor in Scotland must maintain the standards of honesty, integrity and professionalism that the public and other members of the profession expect.
A person cannot be admitted as a solicitor unless they are deemed to be a 'fit and proper person to be a solicitor'. Any person who practises as a solicitor in Scotland must be competent to do so and should not pose a risk to their clients, the public or other members of the profession.
Fitness and properness will be addressed at the following stages:
- application for an entrance certificate
- admission to the roll for the first time
- application for restoration to the roll at any time
- application for a practising certificate having not held one for 12 months or more