Faculty of Advocates

Promoting access to justice for 500 years

What is the Faculty of Advocates?

The Faculty of Advocates is the professional body to which all Advocates belong. Its history dates back to the sixteenth century.


The Faculty is led by elected office-bearers and by an elected Faculty Council.


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The Faculty participates in the work of a number of international organisations

The Advocates Library

Welcome to the Advocates Library

History of Faculty

The Faculty of Advocates as a body dates back to the foundation of the College of Justice in 1532, although individual Advocates were probably working in the courts even earlier. It has had a central role in maintaining and developing Scots law as a distinctive legal system.