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.


The Faculty is led by elected office-bearers and by an elected Faculty Council.

Anti-Money Laundering

The Faculty of Advocates has a dedicated telephone number for anyone wishing to report concerns about the actions of an Advocate in relation to money laundering.


Register for events and conferences

Faculty Funds

Funding is available from the Faculty of Advocates to support relevant charitable initiatives and programmes. Further information and an application form is available here.

Eurodevils Programme

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. 

Mini-Devilling Scheme

The Mini-Devilling Scheme is open to students enrolled on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at an accredited provider in Scotland.


The Faculty participates in the work of a number of international organisations

The Advocates Library

Welcome to the Advocates Library

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.

Environmental Policy

The Faculty of Advocates Environmental Policy

Faculty of Advocates Retirement & Death Benefits Plan