This is the first document you must submit as a trainee. You will receive a standard training contract alongside your entrance certificate. Registration of your training contract must occur within three months of the start date of your traineeship, so it is vital that your completed form is received by the Society in sufficient time to allow for this. Any contracts received late must be accompanied by a covering letter explaining the reasons for the late submission and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Society's Admissions sub-Committee. Failure to return the contract to the Society on time may result in an amendment to the commencement date of training.

The Society has registered a standard form of training contract, designed to make the process of completion of the contract as straightforward as possible.  This came into effect on 1 June 2017.  You can find a copy of the extract of the Deed of Declaration further down on this page. 

Complete your training contract

Before submitting your contract to the Society you must complete the following;

  • employer’s name and address
  • trainee’s name and address
  • traineeship start date
  • first year salary
  • second year salary
  • confirmation of which party is responsible for payment of the TCPD fees
  • testing clause on page 2 of the contract (The capacity of the person signing on behalf of the employer must be stated, circling one of the five options. Note; The person signing the contract on behalf of a Limited Company (Ltd) must be designed as director and the person signing the contract on behalf of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) must be designed as member)
  • trainee name and employer name on backing sheet
  • fee of £30 (either cheque payable to Law Society of Scotland or a covering note detailing the best number for the Society to contact you on to collect card payment)
  • Original document not submitted (we cannot accept copies)
  • Tippex cannot be used anywhere on the contract, if so, this will be returned to the trainee and a fresh contract will be required
  • On page two of the contract, please include your employer's name and address and your own name and address.  We are unable to register your contract without these details in full
  • Payment not included

Once you have completed your contract, please send to;

Qualifications Coordinator
Education, Training and Qualifications Team
The Law Society of Scotland
Atria One
144 Morrison Street


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Please ensure that you send your application by either recorded delivery or “signed for”.

Until a training contract has been registered by the Society, trainees will not have full access to the PEAT2 section on our website. This will mean they cannot access their TCPD Log or upload their Quarterly Performance Reviews (PQPRs).


Secondments and assignations

An assignation means to move your traineeship from one firm to another, whereas during a secondment your employer retains responsibility for your training but seconds you to another office for part of your training. 

Assignations are possible during the traineeship, but you cannot do so within the last 3 months. If you wish to change firms in the last 3 months of your training, you might want to consider a secondment. You must give the Education, Training and Qualifications Department at least ten working days notice when requesting an assignation or secondment.  All parties to the contract must email or write to us to confirm their consent to the proposed assignation or secondment.

Any further questions on these processes are to be directed to


Termination of training contracts

The Law Society of Scotland has issued a policy statement on the termination of training contracts. 

Work towards the PEAT 2 outcomes

During the 2 year traineeship, trainees will be given activities that will allow them to work towards the PEAT2 outcomes.

PEAT 2 Quarterly Performance Review (PQPR)

The PQPR allows the trainee and supervising solicitor to review the trainee's progress in achieving the PEAT2 outcomes and will help identify any training needs, which can be addressed by undertaking TCPD.

Undertake TCPD

60 hours of trainee continuing professional development (TCPD) is required to ensure trainees meet the outcomes and reach the standard of a qualifying solicitor.