We welcome applications from qualified lawyers from all over the world who are interested in requalifying into Scotland.

We are here to guide you through the qualification process from beginning to end. We can also give advice and information about working in the Scottish jurisdiction, to help you identify what career options might be available to you. If you would like some assistance in relation to career options, please contact careers@lawscot.org.uk.

Qualified Lawyers Assessment (QLA)

As of 1 November 2019, all solicitors re-qualifying from another jurisdiction can apply to undertake the Qualified Lawyers Assessment. This is a universal set of exams, which will attract various exemptions for solicitors already qualified in certain countries.

Commenced a requalification route before the introduction of the QLA?

For anyone who has already commenced re-qualification before 1 November 2019 by any of the previous routes available (Intra-UK Transfer Test, Aptitude Test for EU-qualified lawyers or the route for solicitors from other non-UK/EU jurisdictions), please get in touch with us about whether and how the new regulations will affect you. Any person who has commenced training under the 2011 or 1994 regulations may request permission to qualify under the 2019 regulations.

Please contact legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk for more information.

Application and qualification process for the QLA

Any lawyer qualified in another jurisdiction can apply to requalify as a Scottish solicitor via the Qualified Lawyers Assessment. As well as undertaking our exams, there are several essential pieces of paperwork prospective applicants must complete. 

 

Certificate of eligibility

A Certificate of Eligibility is the first document you must obtain as part of your application.

To apply for a Certificate of Eligibility there are various items of supporting information that you must provide (no less than four months before the date of the first examination of the qualified lawyers assessment the applicant intends to sit):

These are:

  • completed application form
  • Certificate of Good Standing from Home Bar Association (for details of what this must show, see the Schedule to the Admission as Solicitor (Scotland) Regulations 2019).
  • Disclosure Scotland application, including copies of relevant documents (you can request an application form at the bottom of this page)
  • Non-refundable administration fee of £500 plus a £25 charge for your Disclosure check
  • completed Learning Portfolio application form, where candidates are required to outline their academic and professional qualifications and experience and also apply for any exemptions which have not been automatically granted (see exemption information below)

Your application to be permitted to commence the requalification process will be considered only after we have received all of these documents.

Once you have been granted a Certificate of Eligibility, you should enrol in the required examinations using this form. Enrolments for the examinations must be made no later than six weeks prior to the relevant exam date. Late enrolments will not be accepted.

 

Law Society of Scotland's exams

 

There are 11 subjects that you may be required to pass, however solicitors from some jurisdictions have been granted exemptions by right.  It would also be open to you to apply for exemptions from any of these examinations on the basis of past study and qualifications.

The Society's examinations are held in Edinburgh and there are two diets each year, in May and November.

Exam calendar for 2020

 

Exams and exemptions

            (1)        Legal system and legal method

            (2)        Public Law

            (3)        Obligations

            (4)        Criminal Law

            (5)        Evidence

            (6)        Procedure

            (7)        Conveyancing

            (8)        Trusts and Succession

            (9)        European Law and Institutions

            (10)      Professional Conduct

            (11)      The Accounts Rules

English and Welsh solicitors and barristers, Northern Irish solicitors and barristers and solicitors and advocates from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are exempt from sitting examinations in:

  • public law
  • obligations
  • European law and institutions
  • professional conduct

Lawyers qualified in non-UK European Economic Area jurisdictions or Switzerland are exempt from sitting an examination in European law and institutions.

Lawyers qualified in other common law jurisdictions are exempt from sitting part of the examination in legal system and legal method.

If you believe that you are qualified in a common law jurisdiction which is not included in this list, please indicate so on your application and explain your reasons.

Please read these guidelines before submitting your Learning Portfolio if you intend to apply for an exemption you are not already automatically exempt from (as stated above).

Guidelines

Additional information


Exams must be completed within four years of first presentation for examination. No more than four attempts are permitted. You must ensure that you have enrolled for your first exam within a year of being granted your Certificate of Eligibility.

Under Regulation 16(4) of the Admission as Solicitor (Scotland) Regulations 2019, applicants must apply for admission within five years after passing the Qualified Lawyers Assessment.

If you'd like to discuss submitting an application or you would like further guidance, please email us at legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk.

Career support and advice

We have a dedicated careers team, who provide advice on employability skills, entry to the profession and career growth.

Disclosure Scotland check

If you are looking to make a Disclosure Scotland application, please note that paper versions are not being accepted during the COVID-19 outbreak period.

Please follow the link below to find a Word Document version of the application form.

Coronavirus disclosure application form - mygov.scot

You should complete the form up to and including section five, then email it as a Word Document along with your application for a Certificate of Eligibility to martynrobinson@lawscot.org.uk for us to complete the Countersignature section. We will then submit the form to Disclosure Scotland on your behalf. Please do not send it directly to Disclosure Scotland.

Payment of the £25 fee should be made to the Law Society by card payment or bank transfer only. Please indicate in your email which method you are using.