I want to work in...Law - Scotland

This list of links and resources has been carefully compiled by our Careers Consultants and Careers Information Team to provide you with the key knowledge you need if you are considering a career in this line of work.   All the links are reviewed regularly to ensure the source is reliable and the information is accurate and relevant.

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Sector overview

Law (Prospects)

Typical job profiles

Law Careers (Prospects)

Useful online resources

Qualifying as a Scottish Solicitor Law Society of Scotland

Becoming an Advocate Faculty of Advocates

From Devil to Advocate - video to promote a career at the Bar in Scotland

Paralegal work/training - Scottish Paralegal AssociationCLT Scotland/University of Strathclyde

Scottish Legal Aid Board 

Careers in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Finding legal work experience   handout

Careers in Law Advice and tips about the selection process from a partner in Ledingham Chalmers

All about law - careers information, vacation schemes, training contracts and jobs throughout the UK

StEP Specialist online legal careers programme  

The Law Society has information for people with disabilities and has produced a Law Society Disabled Students Guide

Law - The Good Resources Guide from the AGCAS Legal Profession Task Group (pdf)

How to get experience at a Law Firm in 2015

Times Student Law Supplement 2017

Stand out from the crowd (application advice from Lex 100) 

Legal futures - legal news and market intelligence

Guide to networking - useful guide from LawCareersNet with advice about attending Law Fairs

How to become a lawyer - information from the University of Strathclyde Law School


Finding a legal traineeship handout      

The Traineeship Law Society of Scotland

Video tips from new trainees  Video clips about search for a traineeship and life as a trainee (courtesy of University of Aberdeen Careers Service)

Interactive map of DPLP traineeship destinations in Scotland

Application advice

Advice on video interviews from Lawcareers.net

Commercial awareness weekly column from Lawcareers.net

How to demonstrate key skills from Lawcareers.net

Job sites and specialist recruiters


All about law - careers information, vacation schemes, training contracts and jobs throughout the UK

What else can you do with a law degree?

If you want to explore the variety of options open to you outside the legal profession, you should find the following resources useful.

Route to a Career - a step by step guide to the whole career choice process. A very useful starting point, particularly if you're unsure about what you want to do once you graduate.

Prospects website, particularly Options with your Subject, What Jobs Would Suit Me? and Explore Types of Jobs

Career Choices with Law 2022 (pdf)

Advice on looking for a job (including sources of vacancies)

Information on postgraduate study

Become a company secretary (pdf) - from the Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators  

Professional bodies

Many professional bodies and trade associations provide careers information and/or vacancy listings on their websites.

The Law Society of Scotland

The Faculty of Advocates

Society of Solicitor Advocates

Scottish Young Lawyers Association

SOLAR Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators in Scotland

Scottish Law Agents Society

Scottish Paralegal Association


To find out more about what it's like to work in this career, use the LinkedIn alumni tool to make contact with Strathclyde alumni working in this area.

See also our section on Financial Regulation