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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 27.11.14 Click here.

Latest Faculty News

If corroboration goes, Not Proven should follow, says Faculty If corroboration goes, Not Proven should follow, says Faculty
Posted 27.11.14
Lawyer-client confidentiality to be examined in Faculty lecture Lawyer-client confidentiality to be examined in Faculty lecture
Posted 26.11.14
SNAP aims to go from strength to strength SNAP aims to go from strength to strength
Posted 25.11.14
Faculty looking forward to working with new Justice Secretary Faculty looking forward to working with new Justice Secretary
Posted 24.11.14
Procession marks 225th anniversary of Old College Procession marks 225th anniversary of Old College
Posted 24.11.14
QC Gives Evidence at Scottish Parliament QC Gives Evidence at Scottish Parliament
Posted 20.11.14
Faculty Hosts Human Rights Day Lecture Faculty Hosts Human Rights Day Lecture
Posted 19.11.14
Varied programme for 21st Century Bar Conference Varied programme for 21st Century Bar Conference
Posted 17.11.14
Report issued on pre-action protocol consultation Report issued on pre-action protocol consultation
Posted 13.11.14
Dean to speak at Human Rights Day event Dean to speak at Human Rights Day event
Posted 12.11.14
Appointments to new Sheriff Appeal Court Appointments to new Sheriff Appeal Court
Posted 11.11.14
Tax tribunal members should have Tax tribunal members should have "recent" experience, Faculty suggests
Posted 11.11.14
QC appointed Chancellor QC appointed Chancellor
Posted 11.11.14
Faculty's concern at reports of surveillance of lawyer-client communications Faculty's concern at reports of surveillance of lawyer-client communications
Posted 07.11.14
Judge notes Faculty's Judge notes Faculty's "continuing vibrancy" as two new members are welcomed
Posted 07.11.14
Support for retaining European Arrest Warrant Support for retaining European Arrest Warrant
Posted 07.11.14
A devilishly big thank-you to one and all A devilishly big thank-you to one and all
Posted 07.11.14
Book a ticket and hear Book a ticket and hear "Braxfield" passage in RLS event
Posted 06.11.14


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