Student Summer Jobs

The National Records of Scotland is advertising for third- or fourth-year law-students to work there on a summer placement. Over decades law students – particularly those interested in legal history – have found these worthwhile summer jobs

The job description is as follows:


  1. To evaluate modern Sheriff Court civil records and following pre-prepared guidance select those records of legal and historical interest for permanent preservation in the National Records of Scotland.2.
  2. To dispose of those records not selected for permanent preservation.
  3. To catalogue those records selected for permanent preservation using databases and/or bespoke cataloguing system (CALM).
  4. Any other suitable tasks as required by Court, Legal and Private Records Branch curatorial staff.


Applications are invited from third and fourth year law students for up to five posts, to work on the selection of modern sheriff court processes of legal and historical interest for permanent preservation in the National Records of Scotland. There may also be the opportunity of working on other classes of civil and criminal records as part of a small and friendly team responsible for court and legal records in NRS. A Higher Grade certificate in history, or a history degree, or a demonstrable interest in the legal and general history of Scotland, would be an advantage. Since the work involves electronic listing of records, basic computer experience and keyboard skills are highly desirable. Any necessary training will be given.

The period of employment will be 12 weeks, from Monday 13 June to Friday 2 September 2016, working a five-day week of 37 hours (8.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am-4.30pm Friday) with leave entitlement, at a salary equivalent to £16,842 per annum. The job will be based at Thomas Thomson House, Sighthill, Edinburgh, which can be reached by regular train services to Edinburgh Park Station, and by several bus routes. There is an office car park.

There is no application form, but further information can be obtained from Jennifer Homewood, Court, Legal and Private Records Branch, National Records of Scotland, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY (Tel: 0131 270 3349 Fax 0131 242 5801; E-mail: Please send your application (marked ‘Confidential’ if posted or faxed) with your CV, to the above, to arrive no later than Friday 18 March. Please include contact telephone number(s). Interviews will be held from 29th March 2016. The National Records of Scotland is part of the Scottish Government and is an Equal Opportunities Employer. You can apply for any job in the Scottish Government as long as you are a UK national or have dual nationality with one part being British. In addition, Scottish Government posts are open to Commonwealth citizens and nationals of any of the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA). Further information about civil service nationality requirements is available on the Civil Service Website

Successful candidates will be required to obtain a basic disclosure certificate, which is available from Disclosure Scotland, PO Box 250, Glasgow, G51 1YU, telephone: 0870 609 6006, Fax: 0870 609 6996, E‑ . Please note that there is a cost for the certificate. Current charges and other information on Disclosure certificates can be found at the Disclosure Bureau’s website


The links below take one to the actual documents.


Job description 2016 student placement

Advert for 2016 student placement