Holding a practising certificate entitles members to practise in all areas of the law in Scotland and to call themselves a solicitor.  All solicitor members must observe our rules and our standards of conduct and agree to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) each year. 

Members are entitled to a range of support services including CPD and training, automatic subscription to the Journal Magazine and the  members benefits scheme, career advice and access to our professional practice helpline.

Admission is restricted to those who have the necessary qualifications and training and who have passed the necessary 'fit and proper' tests.

Holding a practising certificate with the Law Society of Scotland entitles members to:

Membership also includes:

Practising certificate renewal

Find out more about renewing your practising certificate


For the full list of Law Society of Scotland fees.

CPD requirements

Find out more about what your CPD requirements are for the current and forthcoming practising year.

For members

Find out about membership and fees, what services and benefits we offer as well as rules and guidance and information for different practice areas.