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Professional Legal Practice

The diploma qualification is essential for entry to both the solicitors’ and advocates’ branches of the profession. It meets the requirements of the Law Society of Scotland’s Professional Education and Training Stage 1.

The diploma is a vocational course. You’ll learn the ethical rules, practical knowledge and personal skills required of lawyers in Scotland.

We train you to be a practising lawyer. You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of legal principles and an appreciation of the practical context in which they’re applied.

We place great importance on preparing you for what really happens in legal practice by giving you hands-on experience in an office environment. We also use realistic simulations to recreate situations you’ll experience in your work.

As a graduate you’ll be well equipped for the job market in the legal profession or in other fields.

The diploma is offered over one year full-time or two years part-time.

Entry requirements

LLB degree (or equivalent) which meets the requirements and outcomes of the Law Society of Scotland’s foundation programme. Please read the Admissions guidance notes for full details of the admissions process.

Course modules

Compulsory subjects

  • Professional Practice & Ethics
  • Business & Financial Awareness
  • Conveyancing
  • Private Client
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Personal Injury Claims Handling

Elective subjects

Plus a choice of five from the following electives:

  • Advanced Criminal Advocacy
  • Advanced Private Client
  • Business Accounting for Legal Professionals
  • Commercial Contracts & IP
  • Commercial Conveyancing
  • Company Law
  • Employment Law in Practice
  • Family Business
  • Family Law
  • Mediation & Mediation Advocacy
  • Practical Public Administration
  • Work-Based Learning Module in Legal Practice


There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course.


Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
Diploma Full-time Home/EU £ 7,200 Academic year 9 months
Diploma Part-time International £ 3,600 Academic year 24 months

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