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21 Feb 18

Scottish Legal International comes to fruition

Joint initiative aims to promote Scottish profession internationally

30 Aug 17

A paralegal's tale

Janet Rieu-Clarke, the Law Society’s accredited paralegal, explains the path that led her to new role at the Society and the rationale behind the new accredited paralegal status.

30 Aug 17

A call to vote from John Scott

John Scott QC urges his fellow solicitor advocates to vote for their dedicated representative

29 Aug 17

No globalisation without representation...

Katie Hay discusses the globalisation of the legal market and urges Scottish solicitors working internationally, to get involved

24 Jul 17

Bringing the world to "world-class"

Sarah Sutton, digital communications executive at the Law Society of Scotland, talks about her bright idea to ensure international representation on the Society’s Council

26 Jun 17

The Debate - backstage, front of house and top tips

In this mini-series of blogs, three key players in the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament share their individual perspectives of the event.

19 Jun 17

Got a passion for the profession?

Could one of the 23 current vacancies for 16 different committees be just right for you?

28 Apr 17

Professional Practice - advising the advisers

Scottish solicitors help their clients through some of the most momentous occasions of their lives, personal or professional, good or bad. But where do solicitors turn for support? Prof Prac, that's where.

1 Nov 16

How getting involved in debating can change your life

Head of education Rob Marrs explains how getting involved in debating, whether as competitor or judge, can be incredibly rewarding. And more importantly, he explains how to win a debate.

14 Oct 16

Career development and volunteering at the Law Society of Scotland

If you want to enhance your career, develop your skills or just give back to your profession, there are lots of different personal and professional development opportunities at the Society

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Career development and volunteering at the Law Society of Scotland

14 Oct 16

If you want to enhance your career, develop your skills or just give back to your profession, there are lots of different personal and professional development opportunities at the Society

We are of most value to you and wider society when our members join in and contribute to what we do. And it’s not just for our benefit! These are valuable opportunities and experiences that can help boost your career.

Become a mentor

Mentoring is a great skill to have and is really beneficial for both mentors and mentees. Solicitors and trainees from all areas of practice and at all stages of their careers are welcome to join our career mentoring scheme. We provide all the training you’ll need to become a mentor.  
The programme provides an important opportunity for mentees to call on the experience and knowledge of more senior people in the legal profession, and our mentors are finding it equally valuable. The training helps to develop leadership and management skills, and conversations with mentees often result in new and fresh perspectives, while at the same time providing insight and expertise.
We’re also looking for mentors for our TCPD programme and opportunities to mentor students as part of the newly launched Lawscot Foundation (more about this later…) will be announced next year.

Fundraise for the Lawscot Foundation

We recently established the Lawscot Foundation, a charity which will help academically talented students from less advantaged backgrounds in Scotland through their legal education journey. It will offer financial assistance, mentoring and other support to students during the law degree (LLB) stage, right through the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.
As with any new charity, our focus at the moment is raising funds and anything you can do to help – whether that’s contributing your time, expertise or financial support – will be greatly appreciated.
Does your organisation or firm nominate a staff charity each year? Are you hosting an event or a raffle? Do you think your colleagues would be willing to donate to charity in exchange for cake? All ideas and donations are welcome, so feel to get in touch – email hello@lawscotfoundation.org.uk or visit the website to find out more.

Judge a school debate

Every year we organise and run Scotland’s biggest annual debating competition for schools – the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament. The various rounds take place in schools across Scotland and we’re always looking for volunteers to help judge in local heats.
You don’t have to have debating experience to lend a hand, but an interest in debating is always welcome! It’s a great experience to see the quality of arguments put forward by Scotland’s school pupils on a range of topical issues and we invite all our volunteers to attend the national final in the Scottish Parliaments Debating Chamber in June.

Join one of our committees

As well as the Society's Council, our key decision-making body, there are a multitude of committees made up of volunteers from the Scottish legal profession and beyond. These include our regulatory committees –which play a vital public interest role – and other supporting committees, which advise on a huge range of topics and projects, from access to justice to trusts and succession.
Our policy committees scrutinise legislation emanating from the Scottish, UK and European parliaments. They help to shape the laws you work with every day and joining one of our committees would give you the opportunity to help ensure that any new law which is passed is technically sound and workable in practice
Chances to represent your colleagues and peers on our committees come up three times a year on the committee vacancies page. It’s a great opportunity to expand your network, influence key decisions and help us to support you and your fellow solicitors.
The next committee recruitment round opens early November. If you would like to be alerted to newly-advertised positions, please email davidcullen@lawscot.org.uk.  

Get in touch

We really rely on our members and other volunteers to deliver some of our most valuable work. So, if you are interested in getting involved or have other ideas you think we should be considering, let us know!

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Blog archive

3 Dec 18

A turbulent Christmas

Depressing divisions and a lack of clear thinking dominate the Brexit scene. But (stop press) there is something positive in the official reaction to the legal aid review

7 Nov 18

Put to the test

The Society's position as regulator will come under renewed scrutiny following the Roberton report, but the report itself should equally be subjected to proper scrutiny

9 Oct 18

Under siege

After the extra money announced for prosecutors and then the police, something has to be done now for the defence sector

10 Sep 18

Programme for action?

How much can we expect to happen through the Scottish Government's Programme for Government?

6 Aug 18

No deal, no say?

The arguments for a second EU referendum apply with greater force in a "no deal" scenario

9 Jul 18

System under threat

Items in this month's issue illustrate increasing threats to the rule of law and the integrity of the legal system

11 Jun 18

Speaking out

The benefit sanctions system has drawn some unusually sharp comments from the Society, but the need for such strictures is likely to increase

8 May 18

After Windrush

The treatment of those of Caribbean origin shows a need for the law to be rebalanced

9 Apr 18

Mind the gap

Do the Gender Pay Gap Regulations provide enough useful information to justify their approach?

12 Mar 18

Case to be made

If the independent legal aid review could not find evidence to support a general rise in fees, what should the response be?