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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 2014 was 15 October 2013. The deadline for applications to start devilling in 2015 is 15 October 2014. Full details can be found here pdf icon Devilling. Those wishing to commence devilling in subsequent years should email the Dean's Secretariat - 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. 2 NEW responses. NEW 01.10.14 Click here.

Latest Faculty News

Legal aid cuts having Legal aid cuts having "major effect" in extradition cases, Faculty submits
Posted 01.10.14
Faculty warns of danger lurking in Legal Writings Bill Faculty warns of danger lurking in Legal Writings Bill
Posted 01.10.14
Euro judge visits Faculty Euro judge visits Faculty
Posted 30.09.14
Pupils to lay down the law in MiniTrials event Pupils to lay down the law in MiniTrials event
Posted 29.09.14
Double poll plans put in place Double poll plans put in place
Posted 26.09.14
Suggestions made for law reform subjects Suggestions made for law reform subjects
Posted 24.09.14
Colourful opening of the legal year Colourful opening of the legal year
Posted 23.09.14
Watch the Biennial Lecture Watch the Biennial Lecture
Posted 23.09.14
Guests take away wonderful memories of Faculty's Biennial event Guests take away wonderful memories of Faculty's Biennial event
Posted 22.09.14
Lord President forecasts Lord President forecasts "an eventful year"
Posted 22.09.14
The independence referendum The independence referendum
Posted 19.09.14
Four new Queen's Counsel are announced Four new Queen's Counsel are announced
Posted 19.09.14
Senior Euro lawyer to be welcomed by the Faculty Senior Euro lawyer to be welcomed by the Faculty
Posted 17.09.14


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