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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

4 Oct 16

Going international – a Scots lawyer's week at the IBA

John Morgan, a newly qualified solicitor at Brodies, recently received a scholarship from the International Bar Association to attend its annual conference in Washington DC. He tells of his experience

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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

11 Sep 17

Brexit and the legal order

Government recognition of the need to continue civil judicial cooperation with EU countries after Brexit is welcome, but how can it exclude the involvement of the CJEU?

7 Aug 17

Taking access to justice seriously

The House of Lords decision on employment tribunal fees elevates this constitutional principle

10 Jul 17

Advance of the courts

There is momentum behind civil procedure reform, and practitioners need to be alert to have their say

12 Jun 17

Defend our rights

Don't sacrifice rights to combat terrorism; welcome to Edinburgh for the UK Supreme Court

8 May 17

Review time

Patience will be needed as regards the outcome of the new review of legal services regulation, but there is much for the profession to concern itself with meantime

10 Apr 17

Complaints about the Commission

It is not surprising that solicitors are complaining about the SLCC budget and levy – but what should be done?

13 Mar 17

Crack this one

Digitising summary criminal business is a tough nut to crack, but a bold attempt has been made

13 Feb 17

Imbalance of power

These days, all lawyers may need to be ready to take a stand in defence of the rule of law

9 Jan 17

Civic engagement

The Society risked becoming political in welcoming the Government paper Scotland's Place in Europe

6 Dec 16

The year that was

The Journal employment survey reveals a gloomy outlook; how can solicitors meet clients' needs in these times?