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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. 1 NEW response. NEW 18.08.14 Click here.

Latest Faculty News

Five new law reporters appointed Five new law reporters appointed
Posted 14.08.14
Counsel given seven-year terms with Parole Board Counsel given seven-year terms with Parole Board
Posted 11.08.14
Faculty to host Rule of Law event Faculty to host Rule of Law event
Posted 08.08.14
Faculty and the First World War Faculty and the First World War
Posted 04.08.14
"Wonderfully selfless" counsel put case back on track
Posted 25.07.14
First President of the Scottish Tribunals is named First President of the Scottish Tribunals is named
Posted 21.07.14
Three new Sheriffs Principal appointed Three new Sheriffs Principal appointed
Posted 16.07.14
Seven more welcomed as members of Faculty Seven more welcomed as members of Faculty
Posted 11.07.14
Double delight for Faculty in shrieval appointments Double delight for Faculty in shrieval appointments
Posted 09.07.14
Teaching and learning as Director of Training attends Euro conference Teaching and learning as Director of Training attends Euro conference
Posted 08.07.14
"Valuable insights" gained at advocacy teaching conference
Posted 02.07.14
New initiative as Dispute Resolution Service celebrates first anniversary New initiative as Dispute Resolution Service celebrates first anniversary
Posted 27.06.14
Faculty to be a Fringe attraction Faculty to be a Fringe attraction
Posted 24.06.14
Faculty to support Global Law Summit Faculty to support Global Law Summit
Posted 24.06.14
Discrimination couple heap praise on FLSU Discrimination couple heap praise on FLSU
Posted 13.06.14
£50,000 drop in sheriff court threshold not enough, says Dean £50,000 drop in sheriff court threshold not enough, says Dean
Posted 11.06.14
MiniTrials go on circuit to Ayr MiniTrials go on circuit to Ayr
Posted 10.06.14
Training regime praised as Faculty welcomes 11 new members Training regime praised as Faculty welcomes 11 new members
Posted 06.06.14


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