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.
What Does it Take?
You need to have:
good written and spoken communication skills
a polite, professional and helpful manner
patience and perseverance
excellent organisational skills
a good memory
good IT skills
respect for confidentiality
You also need to be:
able to work well under pressure and to deadlines
a good negotiator
attentive to detail
good with numbers.
You would train on the job under the supervision of an experienced clerk.
You may attend short training courses and seminars from time to time.
As you gain experience and develop your skills, your duties increase and you may be able to move on to become an Advocate's clerk or practice manager.
As part of your ongoing training you would probably take short courses run by Faculty Services Ltd.
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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