University of Strathclyde

Professional Legal Practice

This 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. Students learn the ethical rules, practical knowledge and personal skills required of lawyers in Scotland. The course trains students to be practising lawyers. Students gain a thorough knowledge of legal principles and an appreciation of the practical context in which they're applied.

Entry requirements

Normally a first or upper second-class LLB Honours degree and a qualifying Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice/Professional Legal Practice from a Scottish university. Where demand for places exceeds availability, your performance throughout your studies (generally the relative performance of applicants in specified LLB classes and over the duration of their Diploma studies) will be taken into consideration.
LLB degree (or equivalent) which meets the requirements and outcomes of the Law Society of Scotland's foundation programme.

Course modules

Core Modules: Research Methods; Dissertation
Compulsory subjects: professional practice and ethics; business and financial awareness; conveyancing; private client; civil litigation; criminal litigation; personal injury claims handling. Plus a choice of five from the following electives: advanced criminal advocacy; advanced private client; business accounting for legal professionals; commercial contracts and IP; commercial conveyancing; company law; employment law in practice; family business; family law; mediation and mediation advocacy; practical public administration; work-based learning module in legal practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment is made on the basis of:
Completion of Legal Research Skills and Methods module
Completion of 15,000 word dissertation

Sponsorship information

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Opportunities include: John Fitzsimmons Memorial scholarships; Lord Hope Postgraduate scholarships; International Scholarships (instructional); University of Strathclyde Progression Scholarships. The Pritchard Educational Trust: It was established to assist those who are of academic ability and wish to qualify as solicitors but who, through financial constraints, are unable to do so. Particular emphasis is given to those students embarking on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. See Law Society Guidance for details. The Clark Foundation for Legal Education: The Foundation invites applications for Grants and Scholarships from persons practising law in Scotland whether as solicitors or advocates and from persons studying at Scottish Universities or other institutions of higher education based in Scotland. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote and advance the legal and business education and training of Scots lawyers and students of Scots Law. Awards will be made annually in September and application forms should be returned no later than the end of March.


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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Diploma Part-time September 2017 3,600 (Year 1) Home/EU 24 24 Months
Diploma Full-time September 2017 7,200 (Year 1) Home/EU 9 9 Months
LLM Distance learning September 2017 2,800 (Year 1) Home/EU 24 24 Months

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