Admission means applying to have your name put on the roll of solicitors. This process only happens once. Once you have been admitted, you must apply for a practising certificate to enable you to perform the duties of a solicitor. This practising certificate will be restricted by the Law Society until your traineeship has been formally discharged.
Find out about you can and can't do as a trainee, both before and after you have been admitted.
Applying for admission
You can apply for admission any time after you have completed one year of training, or at the end of your traineeship (at which point your traineeship will be discharged too).
If you apply for admission at the end of your traineeship, you should be aware that there will be a period of a few weeks, while the application is processed, where you cannot call yourself a solicitor or work as one. We would encourage you to speak with your employer about when is the best time for you to make an application.
The whole admission process (Standard Disclosure Scotland check, verification of application, petitioning the court, the petition being granted and the Law Society’s records being updated) can take up to 6 weeks.
Things to think about:
We will carry out a Standard Disclosure Scotland check on you as part of the process - if you need a Disclosure Scotland form, please provide your full name and address in the box below and we'll send a form out to you. You can apply for this before making your application for admission (and it’ll speed the process up if you do!)
When you apply for admission, we will check that your PQPRs and TCPD are up to date. Any PQPR due at the time the application is made must have been submitted and approved. You must have completed at least 20 hours of TCPD prior to applying for admission during your traineeship.
Your supervising solicitor must confirm that you are a fit and proper person to be admitted as a solicitor, so must complete paperwork to confirm this as part of your admission process.
The admission fees are set out on the application form – they are subject to change but are currently around £350.
There are different types of admission forms. The one you will need depends on whether your traineeship has been assigned, the point in your traineeship at which you are making the application or if you are qualifying into Scotland from another jurisdiction.
If you are applying for admission during your traineeship...
...(ie when you have completed at least one year of training), please use this form.
If you are applying for admission and discharge of your traineeship at the same time...
...(ie at the end of your traineeship), please use this form.
If you have assigned your training contract, or are requalifying from another jurisdiction...
...please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the correct form.
If you have any queries regarding the Admission process, please email email@example.com.
The Standard Disclosure Scotland check is an essential part of the application for Admission as a Solicitor or Admission as a Solicitor and Notary Public (separate form available from the Education and Careers team at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Disclosure check must be dated no more than six months prior to your admission date.
You must include copies of at least three forms of ID with your application - your birth certificate plus one photographic ID and one showing your address.
Include your mother’s maiden name or family name in section B13
Please include your national insurance number, passport number (and country of issue) and driving licence number (and country of issue) in section B19 – 26
You must include five years’ address history (to the month), starting with the most recent in section B44-57. Use additional papers if necessary.
Remember to sign and date the form in section C1.
Parts D and E of the form will be completed by us. Do not complete any details in these sections.
Do not send the form to Disclosure Scotland.
The cost of this application is £25.00. Cheques or Postal Orders should be made payable to “The Law Society of Scotland”. If you would prefer to pay by card, please advise us of this and the best number to contact you on to collect payment. You must not put your card details in to section D.
Please send the form together with your completed Admission application to:
Education, Training and Qualifications Department
The Law Society of Scotland
144 Morrison Street
DX 1 EDINBURGH 1
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com or call 0131 226 7411 (option 3).