Faculty of Advocates
Promoting access to justice for 500 years
What is the Faculty of Advocates?
The Faculty of Advocates is the professional body to which all Advocates belong. Its history dates back to the sixteenth century.
Each year, the Faculty and the European Lawyers’ Association present a Eurodevils programme in which overseas lawyers spend 12 weeks in Edinburgh, learning about the Scottish Bar and Scotland’s legal system.
History of Faculty
The Faculty of Advocates as a body dates back to the foundation of the College of Justice in 1532, although individual Advocates were probably working in the courts even earlier. It has had a central role in maintaining and developing Scots law as a distinctive legal system.