Newly qualified Scottish solicitors and trainees who have been admitted to the profession can now (for the first time) stand for election as a Law Society Council member. The Council seat for newly qualified solicitors was first introduced in 2009 to ensure that the specific needs of those in the early stages of their careers were reflected in the decision-making process, however, the 2018 elections (which open next week) will be the first in which the NQ representative is elected by their peers rather than appointed by a panel of interviewers. Unlike the majority of Council seats, NQ candidates do not necessarily need to be based in Scotland. 

More information about the application process and what’s involved in being a Council member can be found here.