Legal Assistant Posts at the Scottish Law Commission

The Scottish Law Commission was set up under the Law Commissions Act 1965 for the purpose of promoting the reform of the law of Scotland.


We are currently seeking a small number of law graduates for fixed-term appointments of one year, to work as legal assistants on our current and planned law reform projects. Appointments will start at the end of August 2021.


Allocations of work to legal assistants may vary, depending on the Commission’s priorities and on any new projects referred to the Commission. The work allocation to legal assistants may relate to the following areas of the law:


· Heritable securities;

· Aspects of leases;

· Homicide;

· Aspects of family law;

· Damages for personal injury;

· Surrogacy, a joint law reform project with the Law Commission of England and Wales;

· Automated vehicles, also a joint law reform project.


The salary will be £26,155 per annum.


Applications are invited from those who can demonstrate that they have achieved very high academic standards in Scots law, and that they have excellent research skills and experience. The minimum criteria for applying is that an applicant must have obtained or expect to obtain by summer 2021 a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Scots Law or any other similar academic qualification which provides evidence of relevant knowledge and understanding of Scots law. Applications from other suitably qualified candidates who have relevant experience may exceptionally be considered.


Applicants should also meet nationality requirements for appointment to the civil service.


We accept applications by e-mail only, emailed to


The information pack and application form (including a personal information monitoring form) are available on the Commission’s website:


Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday, 19 February 2021.


The Scottish Law Commission and Scottish Government are committed to equality of opportunity of employment for all, on the basis of ability, qualifications and fitness for work. Applications are invited from all those who are, or expect to be qualified and eligible irrespective of race, age, gender, marital status, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation.