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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 20.10.14 Click here.

Latest Faculty News

Complaints commission seeks views on changes to rules Complaints commission seeks views on changes to rules
Posted 30.10.14
Assisted Suicide Bill needs tightening and greater clarity, Faculty says Assisted Suicide Bill needs tightening and greater clarity, Faculty says
Posted 28.10.14
Guidance note on use of laptops and tablets in court Guidance note on use of laptops and tablets in court
Posted 21.10.14
New Land Court Chairman takes title Lord Minginish New Land Court Chairman takes title Lord Minginish
Posted 17.10.14
Bonomy corroboration group publish consultation document Bonomy corroboration group publish consultation document
Posted 15.10.14
Still time to join the Edinburgh Legal Walk Still time to join the Edinburgh Legal Walk
Posted 15.10.14
Election results, and it's a Faculty first Election results, and it's a Faculty first
Posted 14.10.14
Faculty member appointed to new Channel Island panel of experts Faculty member appointed to new Channel Island panel of experts
Posted 14.10.14
Scott's words make their mark in double celebration Scott's words make their mark in double celebration
Posted 14.10.14
Extradition law: revised submission Extradition law: revised submission
Posted 14.10.14
Faculty literary greats: RLS celebration with McCall Smith to aid Scott Faculty literary greats: RLS celebration with McCall Smith to aid Scott
Posted 10.10.14
Elections now under way Elections now under way
Posted 10.10.14
The Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill The Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill
Posted 08.10.14
"Fabulous" MiniTrials event impresses special guest
Posted 07.10.14
Senior Supreme Court Justice to give Lord Rodger lecture Senior Supreme Court Justice to give Lord Rodger lecture
Posted 07.10.14
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


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