Legal Trainees

Contract Type
Practice Area
Government Policy
Edinburgh, Glasgow
Are you looking for a legal traineeship role where your training will involve high quality, often high profile, work covering a wide range of legal issues that impact our society in Scotland?

Job Description

You will advise on government policy, legislation and functions as well as on topics such as human rights, constitutional law and private law.

Government Legal Service for Scotland may have the role for you, providing legal services to central Government in Scotland and representing Scottish Ministers at courts, tribunals and inquiries; playing a key role in the implementation of new powers devolved to Scotland such as social security. Based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. The legal work of GLSS is varied, topical, rewarding and much of it is unique. We are seeking applications for Legal Trainees for two year traineeships commencing in September 2023.

There will be opportunities to work in a variety of GLSS offices, as well as the possibility of secondment to a private practice firm 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 traineeship 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 and inclusion, 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 and particularly from groups underrepresented in Scottish Government and the legal profession in Scotland, including people with a disability, from minority ethnic communities or from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Visit our website for more detail on our commitment to diversity and our traineeships.


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Candidates must have an LLB in Scots Law from a provider accredited by the Law Society of Scotland before commencing their traineeship. They must also have, or realistically expect to achieve, an honours degree (in law or another subject), or be able to demonstrate other educational evidence, 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.

Essential Criteria
1. Ability to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of public law and its practical application to government in Scotland.
2. Ability to organise and manage your own workload in a flexible way to respond to competing priorities.
3. Ability to manage information and interpret evidence to enable you to make sound decisions.
4. Strong interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills, with the ability to establish and build strong working relationships.

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below.

Person Specification - ID2021-1476 - B1 - Legal Trainees

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 Becky White who can be reached at

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. If you require any reasonable adjustments or want to speak to someone about the accessibility of our buildings or the selection process, contact our dedicated team member about what you need to perform at your best. Becky White 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.