Career outlook for advocate
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would present cases in the Scottish law courts, putting the arguments to defend people accused of a crime or a civil offence.
Advocates present cases in Scotland’s courts, mostly at the High Court of Justiciary and the Court of Session, and also in other decision-making bodies such as tribunals.
You would be given cases by solicitors who need you to represent their client in one of these courts. You could specialise and build up expertise in a particular type of case.
- Discuss the details of the case with the solicitor and the client
- Read statements from witnesses and other reports to find out more about the facts
- Research similar cases from the past
- Decide how to present your case and prepare
- Make speeches in court to the judge and jury
- Question (cross examine) the witnesses in court
- Point out flaws in the evidence that the prosecution puts forward
In civil cases you would prepare a written case on behalf of your client.
You would also use your expertise to advise solicitors and their clients about legal matters and give an opinion on the best way to tackle a dispute or issue.
Some advocates work for the Procurator Fiscal service; they are called Crown Counsel and prosecute cases in the High Court. You could also draft laws, working for the Scottish Government or Scottish Parliament.
You’d need be good at speaking in public and be able to quickly absorb a lot of facts and information. Confidentiality is very important.
The people you represent may at times become upset or emotional; a court case is likely to be very stressful for them. But you will need to be objective so you can give your opinion fairly and honestly on whether they have a good case or not.
You will need to represent your client to your best ability, regardless of whether you like them or not.
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