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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 of Advocates responses to consultations on law reform. 1 NEW response. NEW 27.11.14 Click here.

Latest Faculty News

Only weeks to go until Global Law Summit Only weeks to go until Global Law Summit
Posted 18.12.14
Call for public debate on economic and social rights Call for public debate on economic and social rights
Posted 16.12.14
Scottish Legal Complaints Commission annual report published Scottish Legal Complaints Commission annual report published
Posted 15.12.14
An advocate's service to the public highlighted by Lord Hardie An advocate's service to the public highlighted by Lord Hardie
Posted 11.12.14
Renowned expert discusses latest human rights Convention Renowned expert discusses latest human rights Convention
Posted 11.12.14
Party litigants report published by Scottish Civil Justice Council Party litigants report published by Scottish Civil Justice Council
Posted 11.12.14
Audience treated to Audience treated to "tour de force" on lawyer-client confidentiality
Posted 10.12.14
Choir in fine voice for Christmas concert Choir in fine voice for Christmas concert
Posted 10.12.14
Historic joint statement by UK lawyers on lawyer-client confidentiality Historic joint statement by UK lawyers on lawyer-client confidentiality
Posted 09.12.14
Faculty to the fore in Euro Find-A-Lawyer initiative Faculty to the fore in Euro Find-A-Lawyer initiative
Posted 08.12.14
Legal profession unites to renew calls for Euro patent court in Scotland Legal profession unites to renew calls for Euro patent court in Scotland
Posted 04.12.14
If corroboration goes, Not Proven should follow, says Faculty If corroboration goes, Not Proven should follow, says Faculty
Posted 27.11.14


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