Legal Traineeships 2020/2021

Contract Type
Practice Area
Criminal Court Work
Yr1: £20,045 / Yr2: £23,250
COPFS is seeking enthusiastic candidates for our Legal Traineeship programme.

Job Description

COPFS is offering a number of Legal Traineeships with anticipated start dates commencing: March 2020, March 2021 and September 2021.

The COPFS Legal Traineeship offers a wide range of experience and opportunities in the public prosecution service in Scotland.  You will have the chance to explore the work of Crown Office, which is COPFS Headquarters.  The traineeship will involve undertaking a range of responsibilities within the Procurator Fiscal’s offices throughout Scotland.  This will include preparation and presentation of cases in summary courts.  If you successfully complete the traineeship you may enrol as a qualified solicitor in Scotland.

Trainees will be required to work in Procurator Fiscal’s offices throughout Scotland on rotation. You may also spend a proportion of the traineeship working within another government agency.

Working for COPFS

Our benefits

We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • Civil Service pension
  • Family friendly benefits


Applicants will be required to have an LLB in Scots Law (or an equivalent Honours Degree in other subjects, combined with a degree in Scots Law) together with a valid Diploma in Legal Practice from a Scottish University, as well as an Entrance Certificate from the Law Society of Scotland.


Candidates will be required to demonstrate judgement and competence throughout the assessment process.  This may include undertaking a technical assessment and/or presentation at the interview stage.

Closing date
Applications must be submitted by 5pm on the 27th of September 2019.

Other Information

Please also see our full application pack for the behavioural competences which are required for this role. Application packs are available to download from our website.  

Selection will be competency based.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

If you require further information please email

Please note that COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).

COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.