Legal Trainee

Contract Type
Practice Area
Legal Support
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We are currently seeking applications for Legal Trainees within the Government Legal Service for Scotland, based in Edinburgh.

Job Description

  • Salary: £25,367 (1st year) rising to £28,285 (2nd year)
  • Hours: Around 37.00 per week
  • Closing date: 4 February 2020 at midnight
  • Employment type: 2 year Fixed term Appointment – Fair & Open

The Government Legal Service for Scotland ("GLSS") consists of a number of offices based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London that provide legal services to central government in Scotland (in particular the Scottish Government and the UK Government). We are recruiting for two-year traineeships commencing in September 2021, and intend to appoint up to eight people.

Job description

Your training will involve high quality, often high profile, work covering a wide range of legal topics, including human rights, constitutional law, private law, litigation and applicable EU law, as well as playing a leading role in implementing new powers devolved to Scotland such as tax and social security. The work of Government is varied, interesting, exciting and much of the legal work is unique. There will be opportunities to work in a variety of GLSS offices, as well as the possibility of secondment for a period to a firm in private practice or to the Office of Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament. The majority of seats are based in Edinburgh but seats in other locations are sometimes possible or required.

There may be the possibility of a permanent role after the two-year training period, subject to satisfactory performance, vacancies at the end of your traineeship and success in a formal assessment centre.

We’re more than ambitious about diversity. It’s our people that make us great and we want them to reflect the make-up of modern Scotland.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply for this vacancy, and particularly from groups currently under-represented in Scottish Government and the legal profession in Scotland, including people with a disability, people from minority ethnic communities and people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Qualifications Required

Candidates must have, or be on track to achieve, an LLB in Scots Law from a provider accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. They must also have, or realistically expect to achieve, an honours degree (in law or another subject), or be able to demonstrate other evidence of strong intellectual ability, for example a post-graduate degree or under-graduate year prizes. Candidates are also required to have completed a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice before commencing their traineeship.

For further information on this vacancy please go to the link below to download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Ann McKenzie who can be reached at or 0131 244 0815.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Andrew Lyon  on 0131 244 7312 or via

We want to make sure that the practicalities of the application and selection process don’t get in the way of anyone being able to show their full potential. Therefore if you require any reasonable adjustments or want to speak to someone about the details of the accessibility of our buildings, you can speak to a dedicated member of our team about what you need to perform at your best by contacting who will be your single point of contact to speak to about reasonable adjustments. Any reasonable adjustments put in place throughout the application and selection process will be agreed with you in advance.