Every year we produce a set of statistics about the traineeship which allow us to take a 'temperature check' of entry to the profession.

These statistics are designed for anyone curious about the traineeship market, whether you're a job seeker trying to get a steer for levels of competition or potential opportunities, or an employer wanting to get a feel for the traineeship market.

These statistics represent the number of traineeships that the Law Society of Scotland registered in the practice year 2018/19. Please note that the practice year runs from 1 November - 31 October each year. We release updated statistics annually in January/ February.

Overview of 2018/19 trainee statistics

This year's figures have slightly increased from previous years.

  • 591 traineeships commenced in the practice year 2018/19, this is four more traineeships than 2017/2018.

  • Over 90% of those admitted in the last practice year are now employed as a solicitor, in line with last year's figure.

  • 12% of traineeships are in-house, in line with previous years.

  • The gender split for traineeships commenced is 68% female and 32% male.

  • The number of traineeships at firms with 1-5 partners (188) is eight fewer than the number at firms with 31+ partners (196).

  • The number of traineeships registered in Edinburgh has risen by 4%, from 211 to 240.


The infographics below give more of an illustrative picture about trends and more specific data. 

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Additional information

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our traineeship statistics, or the traineeship more generally please contact:

Education, Training & Qualifications team

The traineeship

Finish your legal education by learning 'on the job', by working as a trainee under the supervision of a Scots-qualified solicitor. Traineeships last for a period of two years and after its successful completion, you are ready to apply to take out a solicitor's practising certificate.