You would start as an assistant deputy or deputy Advocates' clerk.
The minimum entry requirement is Higher English. However, many stables prefer you to have 3 or more Highers, including English.
Increasing numbers of entrants have a degree in law, legal studies or politics.
For entry to a degree course, you normally need 4-5 Highers. Higher English is usually required, and for some courses you may need Maths at National 5. However, entry requirements can vary considerably among universities and colleges and you should check the details in the relevant prospectuses.
You may need previous experience in an administrative role.
Advocates' clerks usually work for Faculty Services Ltd (FSL), a company providing support services to Advocates. There are 9 FSL stables based in Parliament House in Edinburgh. A stable usually has one Advocate's clerk and at least one deputy clerk. There are also advocates that do not subscribe to the FSL clerking services, but may practise with or without a clerk.
Skills for Justice is the Sector Skills Council for the Justice, Community Safety and Legal Services Sectors. The careers section of their website holds information on the careers within these sectors.
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