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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 Response to EU Commission Consultation on Remedies in Public Procurement 1 NEW response. NEW 27.07.15 Click here.

Latest Faculty News

Veteran Faculty figure appointed life peer Veteran Faculty figure appointed life peer
Posted 27.08.15
Watch the Devine lecture at the Thomas Muir Anniversary Event Watch the Devine lecture at the Thomas Muir Anniversary Event
Posted 27.08.15
Lessons for today can be learned from reformer Muir's trial, says Dean Lessons for today can be learned from reformer Muir's trial, says Dean
Posted 26.08.15
Making historical law reports more widely available Making historical law reports more widely available
Posted 25.08.15
Specialist sheriffs named for new personal injury court Specialist sheriffs named for new personal injury court
Posted 24.08.15
Members enjoy a Voice Masterclass Members enjoy a Voice Masterclass
Posted 21.08.15
Visitors discovering the "Hidden Gem"
Posted 21.08.15
Appointment of Standing Juniors to Advocate General for Scotland Appointment of Standing Juniors to Advocate General for Scotland
Posted 20.08.15
Cabinet Secretary to give Cabinet Secretary to give "Fairer Justice" lecture
Posted 20.08.15
Working towards climate justice... Working towards climate justice...
Posted 19.08.15
Dominic Grieve to give Rule of Law Lecture Dominic Grieve to give Rule of Law Lecture
Posted 11.08.15
Major court reforms under spotlight at Faculty event Major court reforms under spotlight at Faculty event
Posted 06.08.15
Faculty announces Thomas Muir anniversary event Faculty announces Thomas Muir anniversary event
Posted 31.07.15
Civil justice statistics published Civil justice statistics published
Posted 21.07.15
Process begins to appoint new Lord President Process begins to appoint new Lord President
Posted 20.07.15
Court rules against sections of DRIPA Court rules against sections of DRIPA
Posted 17.07.15
Faculty thanked for Through the Looking Glass day Faculty thanked for Through the Looking Glass day
Posted 17.07.15
Sentencing Council seeking advocate member Sentencing Council seeking advocate member
Posted 16.07.15
Abbotsford launches offer to visit free for a year Abbotsford launches offer to visit free for a year
Posted 15.07.15
Court rules on State surveillance of lawyers Court rules on State surveillance of lawyers
Posted 14.07.15
Srebrenica backdrop to calling of new Faculty members Srebrenica backdrop to calling of new Faculty members
Posted 10.07.15
Remote location for Sheriff's new appointment Remote location for Sheriff's new appointment
Posted 09.07.15
Compulsory purchase law ripe for change, submits Faculty Compulsory purchase law ripe for change, submits Faculty
Posted 08.07.15
Faculty says Faculty says "No" to sex case statutory jury directions
Posted 07.07.15
Justice Committee report on Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Bill Justice Committee report on Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Bill
Posted 03.07.15
Scottish Women's Rights Centre joins FLSU list of accredited agencies Scottish Women's Rights Centre joins FLSU list of accredited agencies
Posted 03.07.15
Seventeenth-Century “Tumbling Lassie” to Raise Cash for Slavery Charities Seventeenth-Century “Tumbling Lassie” to Raise Cash for Slavery Charities
Posted 29.06.15
British Polio joins FLSU list of accredited agencies British Polio joins FLSU list of accredited agencies
Posted 26.06.15
<i>Formidable!</i> verdict on Faculty visit Formidable! verdict on Faculty visit
Posted 26.06.15
Law of prescription under the spotlight Law of prescription under the spotlight
Posted 26.06.15
Larger Faculty venue needed for Commercial Court seminar Larger Faculty venue needed for Commercial Court seminar
Posted 24.06.15
Faculty to help young students chase their dreams Faculty to help young students chase their dreams
Posted 23.06.15
Dean's words of welcome to Dean's words of welcome to "Crossing Boundaries" conference
Posted 22.06.15
Twelve summary sheriff posts to be filled Twelve summary sheriff posts to be filled
Posted 17.06.15
Canada's senior judge to give Macfadyen Lecture Canada's senior judge to give Macfadyen Lecture
Posted 17.06.15
Ex-Dean installed as Advocate General for Scotland Ex-Dean installed as Advocate General for Scotland
Posted 16.06.15
Surveillance report Surveillance report "shines sharp forensic light on powers of public authorities"
Posted 12.06.15
Faculty proud to host international child convention event Faculty proud to host international child convention event
Posted 12.06.15
Members enjoy memorable visit to Strasbourg Court, and Arbroath link Members enjoy "memorable" visit to Strasbourg Court, and Arbroath link
Posted 11.06.15
Strasbourg surprise for Faculty delegation Strasbourg surprise for Faculty delegation
Posted 10.06.15
Where is evidence apologies legislation works, asks Faculty Where is evidence apologies legislation works, asks Faculty
Posted 09.06.15
Faculty welcomes new members to Faculty welcomes new members to "this great national institution"
Posted 05.06.15


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