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Solicitor admitted in Scotland

The following page outlines the procedure for applying to the Law Society of Northern Ireland for persons who have been admitted as a solicitor in Scotland.

Applicants should allow a
minimum of three months for the application process to be completed.

Application and Declaration

The intending applicant has to complete application form EF7, which is available below. The application contains a number of declarations which the applicant has to make regarding criminal convictions, insolvency and professional misconduct.

The Society's Character and Fitness Policy is accessible by clicking here.


The application and registration fee is £150.

Payment should be made by bank transfer. We no longer accept payments by cheque.

The bank details are available on Section 8: Checklist of the application form.


Upon submission the application and supplementary papers are reviewed by the Society. If all papers are in order then the application is submitted to the Education Committee for consideration.

Solicitors from Scotland are usually required to complete:

(a) The following courses at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Belfast:

       ~ Private Client: Wills Course
       ~ Property Law and Practice: Part 1 & 2

(b) and a 6-month apprenticeship with a firm of solicitors in Northern Ireland.

At the discretion of the Education Committee, the apprenticeship and course completion may run concurrently. 


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