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About the Faculty of Advocates

The Faculty of Advocates is a body of independent lawyers who have been admitted to practise as Advocates before the Courts of Scotland. Faculty records date as far back as 1532 when the College of Justice was established by an Act of the Scottish Parliament, though its origins are believed to predate that event.

Becoming an advocate

MinitrialAre you interested in becoming an Advocate or do you just want to find out what Advocates do? Find out more about what advocates do, our Training & Education schemes as well as the steps you require to take to become an advocate.

Devilling

The deadline for applications to start devilling in 2015 was 15 October 2014. The deadline for applications to start devilling in 2016 is 15 October 2015. Full details can be found here pdf icon Devilling. Those wishing to commence devilling in subsequent years should email the Admissions Officer - admissions@advocates.org.uk

Schools: Learning About the Law

Minitrial Thousands of pupils have gained a valuable insight into how the Scottish legal system works by taking part in the Faculty's MiniTrials since 2002. Find out more on our MiniTrials page.

Faculty Responses

Faculty of Advocates responses to consultations on law reform. 1 NEW response. NEW 27.05.15 Click here.

Latest Faculty News

QC to head inquiry into historical abuse of children in care QC to head inquiry into historical abuse of children in care
Posted 28.05.15
Work needed on the detail of education plans, says Faculty Work needed on the detail of education plans, says Faculty
Posted 27.05.15
Sheriff Appeal Court appointments Sheriff Appeal Court appointments
Posted 27.05.15
Best wishes offered to Lord Gill at valedictory ceremony Best wishes offered to Lord Gill at valedictory ceremony
Posted 26.05.15
Protecting refugees difficult, but must be done, says Dean Protecting refugees difficult, but must be done, says Dean
Posted 22.05.15
Discretion added to private rented sector proposals welcomed by Faculty Discretion added to private rented sector proposals welcomed by Faculty
Posted 21.05.15
Government urged to think again on scope for mandatory FAIs Government urged to think again on scope for mandatory FAIs
Posted 20.05.15
Members enjoy Lyon Court visit Members enjoy Lyon Court visit
Posted 19.05.15
Doubts remain over value of Apologies Bill Doubts remain over value of Apologies Bill
Posted 15.05.15
Singapore calling for Faculty man Singapore calling for Faculty man
Posted 14.05.15
Tribunal for procurement cases backed by Faculty Tribunal for procurement cases backed by Faculty
Posted 13.05.15
Statutory defence not to feature in Human Trafficking Bill Statutory defence not to feature in Human Trafficking Bill
Posted 13.05.15
Would FAIs before summary sheriffs give the wrong impression? Would FAIs before summary sheriffs give the wrong impression?
Posted 12.05.15
Four Jurisdictions weekend Four Jurisdictions weekend
Posted 11.05.15
Faculty hosts meeting of Plan for Growth: Scottish Co-ordination Group Faculty hosts meeting of Plan for Growth: Scottish Co-ordination Group
Posted 08.05.15
Lord President announces he is to retire Lord President announces he is to retire
Posted 07.05.15
Four Jurisdictions event returns to Parliament House Four Jurisdictions event returns to Parliament House
Posted 01.05.15
ECtHR Grand Chamber on lawyers' freedom of expression ECtHR Grand Chamber on lawyers' freedom of expression
Posted 01.05.15
Faculty welcomes GCHQ ruling on legally privileged material Faculty welcomes GCHQ ruling on legally privileged material
Posted 30.04.15
Faculty responds to Bill on funding of civil litigation Faculty responds to Bill on funding of civil litigation
Posted 30.04.15
Justice Committee heeds Human Trafficking Bill concerns Justice Committee heeds Human Trafficking Bill concerns
Posted 28.04.15
Abolition of corroboration removed from Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill Abolition of corroboration removed from Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill
Posted 22.04.15
Special guest at media regulation event Special guest at media regulation event
Posted 21.04.15
Faculty speeches at Commonwealth Law Conference Faculty speeches at Commonwealth Law Conference
Posted 17.04.15
Appointment of new Sheriffs Appointment of new Sheriffs
Posted 16.04.15
Lord Gill emphasises independence of legal profession Lord Gill emphasises independence of legal profession
Posted 15.04.15
FLSU aids quest for disabled access to churchyard FLSU aids quest for disabled access to churchyard
Posted 14.04.15
Abbotsford hosts Bruce Tomb exhibition Abbotsford hosts Bruce Tomb exhibition
Posted 13.04.15
Welcome to the Class of '15 Eurodevils Welcome to the Class of '15 Eurodevils
Posted 09.04.15
Second African training trip for Faculty man Second African training trip for Faculty man
Posted 09.04.15
Support from Faculty for specialist Environmental Court Support from Faculty for specialist Environmental Court
Posted 03.04.15
Raising awareness of refugees' protection against prosecution Raising awareness of refugees' protection against prosecution
Posted 01.04.15
Day to remember for all at mock trials final Day to remember for all at mock trials final
Posted 30.03.15
Human trafficking Bill should have defence as a Human trafficking Bill should have defence as a "failsafe", Faculty argues
Posted 25.03.15
Faculty offers helping hand in LPP legislation Faculty offers helping hand in LPP legislation
Posted 25.03.15
Former Dean of Faculty, William David Prosser, the Rt Hon Lord Prosser Former Dean of Faculty, William David Prosser, the Rt Hon Lord Prosser
Posted 24.03.15
Faculty's popular IP conference returns Faculty's popular IP conference returns
Posted 24.03.15
Fatal Accident Inquiry Bill is published Fatal Accident Inquiry Bill is published
Posted 20.03.15
Media regulator head to give talk at Faculty event Media regulator head to give talk at Faculty event
Posted 20.03.15
Rule of law brought under Human Rights umbrella Rule of law brought under Human Rights umbrella
Posted 18.03.15
Media to have a voice before any gagging order is made Media to have a voice before any gagging order is made
Posted 17.03.15
Courts ready for busy Saturday sitting at mock trial final Courts ready for busy Saturday sitting at mock trial final
Posted 17.03.15
Faculty keen to study pre-recorded evidence proposal Faculty keen to study pre-recorded evidence proposal
Posted 13.03.15
"Robust" protection should be given to lawyer-client confidentiality, says Faculty
Posted 13.03.15
Faculty to feature at Commonwealth Law Conference Faculty to feature at Commonwealth Law Conference
Posted 13.03.15
Diversity group publishes report on judicial appointments Diversity group publishes report on judicial appointments
Posted 11.03.15
Rates appeal system works, so leave it be, argues Faculty Rates appeal system works, so leave it be, argues Faculty
Posted 10.03.15
Faculty member to head new Scottish Tax Tribunals Faculty member to head new Scottish Tax Tribunals
Posted 09.03.15
International Women's Day International Women's Day
Posted 06.03.15
Appointments to Equality and Human Rights Commission panel of counsel Appointments to Equality and Human Rights Commission panel of counsel
Posted 04.03.15
Faculty wants greater protection for victims in human trafficking legislation Faculty wants greater protection for victims in human trafficking legislation
Posted 27.02.15
Faculty hosts Italian event Faculty hosts Italian event
Posted 27.02.15
Faculty plays its part in major international legal event Faculty plays its part in major international legal event
Posted 26.02.15
Views sought on court fees proposals Views sought on court fees proposals
Posted 23.02.15
Key Canadian judgment on lawyers' duties Key Canadian judgment on lawyers' duties
Posted 23.02.15
New name added to list of Law Reform Committee luminaries New name added to list of Law Reform Committee luminaries
Posted 20.02.15
UK Government concession on monitoring legally privileged communications UK Government concession on monitoring legally privileged communications
Posted 20.02.15


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