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
Study options* to become a Scottish solicitor
*Please note these are all the full-time study options. Part-time options are also available.
Study Scots Law at one of ten 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.