Everyone starting a training contract must have an Entrance Certificate. This certifies that you are a fit and proper person to enter into a training contract. You can find out what it means to be a fit and proper person here.

  • You must apply for an Entrance Certificate at least four weeks before the date you start your traineeship.
  • If you are submitting your application less than four weeks before the date you start your traineeship, you must explain the reasons for the late submission on your application form.
  • During the months between May and September we strongly recommend applying at least eight weeks before the date you start your traineeship. This is due to the high volumes of applications we and Disclosure Scotland have received.
  • The earliest you can submit your application is 6 months prior to your traineeship start date.
  • You can apply for an Entrance Certificate if you do not have a training contract in place or a start date confirmed. However, we will not issue an Entrance Certificate until we receive that information.
Step one

Everyone applying for an Entrance Certificate must undertake a Disclosure Scotland check. To do this, you need to download the Word version of the Disclosure Scotland application form from their website (see link at bottom of this page).

You should complete this form as outlined below in the 'How to complete the forms correctly' section, and must pay the £25 fee directly to Disclosure Scotland, using the payment portal within the application form. Once you have paid Disclosure Scotland, keep a note of the payment reference number as you will need to enter this on the application form that you submit to us.

When you apply for your Entrance Certificate, you must submit the completed Disclosure Scotland form, including payment reference number, as part of the application.

Step two

Complete the Entrance Certificate application form online, which can be found at the bottom of this page.

When you apply to the Society for your Entrance Certificate you will need:

(a)    a recent photograph
(b)    a copy of your birth certificate
(c)    a copy of your LLB certificate
(d)    a copy of your official LLB academic transcript (showing passes in all subjects). This is an official document from your university and, like your degree certificate, should include your university's crest and/or be signed by an officer or your university.
(e)    one form of photographic ID
(f)     One item showing your current home address
(g)    If applicable, evidence of name change
(h)    A completed Disclosure Scotland form with payment reference number


We encourage you to submit your application at least four weeks before the date you start your traineeship. If you are waiting to receive any of the above documentation at the time of applying, please submit your application anyway as this should not be a reason for late submission. If this is the case, a blank document can be uploaded in the section(s) you are unable to provide a document for and the missing document(s) can be forwarded to the Society at a later date.

Disclosure Scotland Form

  1. You can only submit a Word document. We cannot accept PDF.
  2. If you have middle names include all of them on the form.
  3. Ensure your address history covers a full five years, up until the month when applying. For example: if you apply in October 2021, make sure your address history goes back as far as October 2016. Addresses should be listed in reverse order starting with your current address. If your current address is your family home and you have recently moved back there, please put the date that you returned to that address, in the 'resident from' box. Do not put the date that you originally moved into that property, unless you have lived there on a continuous, uninterrupted basis. This may mean that you have to list some addresses, such as family homes, twice, if you have lived there on separate occasions.
  4. If you don’t have enough space on the application form for all the addresses, you can send an email with extra addresses to legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk.
  5. Make sure your address ID matches your current address.
  6. When given the option to select application type, please select ‘standard’.
  7. Fill in the form up to and including section 6. The Society will complete the remaining sections.
  8. Pay Disclosure Scotland directly, using the payment portal within the application form.
  9. Remember to include your payment reference on the form.

Entrance Certificate form

  1. If you have a traineeship in place, include the name of your employer in the free text address box.
    • If you do not have a traineeship in place, leave this section blank. We cannot issue you an entrance certificate unless and until we have the name of an employer and a start date.
  2. In the ‘Qualifications’ section, please include the name of your LLB and DPLP provider(s) along with your period of study (e.g. 2017 – 2021 or 2020 – 2021) even if you are still to be awarded the DPLP.
  3. Upload a copy of your LLB Certificate, not a letter of award.
  4. Submit your full transcript showing all the modules of your LLB.
  5. You are not required to submit your Diploma Certificate. We will receive confirmation that you have passed the Diploma directly from your university.
  6. Check that your documents are clear and easy to read.

We aim to issue Entrance Certificates six weeks from when they were submitted. This time may vary due to volume of applications and can take up to eight weeks during the peak times of May to September.

How to apply
Having read this guidance you should:
  1. Ensure you have all the necessary supporting paperwork/evidence for your application.
  2. Download the Word version of the Disclosure Scotland application form.
    • When given the option to select application type, please select ‘standard’.
    • The form explains how to pay the fee. Pay the £25 to Disclosure Scotland directly, before submitting your application to the Society.
    • Complete the form up to and including section 6. Attach the completed form to your Entrance Certificate application form for the Society to complete the countersignature.
    • We submit this form to Disclosure Scotland. Do not sent your form directly to Disclosure Scotland.
  3. Complete the Entrance Certificate form online. You can either login using an existing account or create a new one. Please note, if you are already a Student Associate you do not have to create a new account.

NOTE: The earliest you can submit your application is 6 months prior to your traineeship start date.

 

Entrance Certificate application form

 

Disclosure Scotland application form