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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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Got a passion for the profession?

19 Jun 17

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

In this election season, the Society has been delighted with the number of solicitors who took time out of their busy lives this year to stand for Council. We had a total of 21 candidates vying for just 11 seats, a really positive indication of engagement levels. That’s not to say that all those who stood agree with everything the Society says and does, but what it does mean is that those who stand want to be involved. They want to influence the decision making process. And what’s more… they believe that they can.

While Council is clearly not everyone’s preferred way of getting involved, there are numerous other ways in which you can use your skills, qualities and experience to influence and contribute to the way in which your profession grows and evolves.

The Society's committees, for example, carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving legal practice, the law and protecting the public interest. The committee system covers an incredible variety of subjects and issues, and their relative success is dependent on their members. So for example, if "Rural Affairs" is your thing, if you’re an "Intellectual Property" expert or if you’re passionate about "Access to Justice", there’s a committee for you. In fact there are currently 23 vacancies across 16 committees – some requiring solicitors, some non-solicitors. The opportunities for networking and professional development are extensive and there really is something for everyone. If you’ve got a passion for the profession, come and share it with us.

But be quick – the deadline for these vacancies is 12 noon on 23 June 2017. Find all the details, and the application form, at this link.

And while we’re on the subject of getting involved, it really would be a case of "the wood for the trees", not to mention the range of mentoring opportunities available. Mentoring allows you to give something back on a one to one basis. And like joining a committee or Council, there’s something in it for you too.

We provide all the training you’ll need to become a mentor and it’s a great skill to have, another string to your proverbial bow, not to mention the satisfaction you’ll derive from directly influencing the life of someone who will benefit in spades from what you have to offer.

You can mentor through our Trainee CPD scheme or through the Lawscot Foundation, our charity established to support academically talented law students throughout the course of their legal educations. In our first year, we received 51 applications for just eight bursaries, an indication of the need for support, financial and otherwise from these aspiring solicitors, some of whom may be the first in their families to attend university. Your input can make a real difference.

So as you flick back to your preferred news source and the general election coverage, it’s pretty clear that we couldn’t all be parliamentarians, neither would we want to, but we can still get involved in the parliamentary process, we’ve all got a vote. We can all make a difference! 

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Blog archive

12 Aug 19

Constitutional meltdown?

The fundamentals of our constitution should not be put at risk simply in order to achieve Brexit by the scheduled date

8 Jul 19

70, and counting

The Society is in good shape as it turns 70, though uncertainty lies ahead

12 Jun 19

Uncovering the unacceptable

Our self-styled ethical profession has a problem of bullying and harassment. Can it be treated as a question of fitness to practise?

15 May 19

Make wellbeing a thing

Staff wellbeing in legal firms has to become a matter of culture, with supporting mechanisms in place

8 Apr 19

Law for people

The dignity of the law has come before the dignity of those caught up in its processes. What might happen if that were reversed?

12 Mar 19

Shape your future

Despite the uncertainty, it would benefit legal firms to think proactively about how to react to Brexit

11 Feb 19

Flexible is possible

As this month's lead feature illustrates, large and small firms alike can operate flexible working practices, and there appear to be few issues with clients when they do

14 Jan 19

Seeking the positive

A bit of flexibility and imagination can achieve things this year, whether for a business in the face of Brexit or for employees to improve their work-life balance, and wellbeing

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