On completion of your undergraduate degree, you must take the one year Diploma in Legal Practice course to qualify to practice law in Scotland.

Our Diploma in Legal Practice is the first of its kind to be accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.

Scotland has its own legal system, so entry into the legal profession in Scotland is distinct to that in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There are a number of areas of law in which you may specialise, including:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Civil liberties and human rights
  • Civil litigation 
  • Competition law
  • Computer and IT
  • Construction
  • Criminal
  • Employment
  • Finance
  • Intellectual property
  • Oil and Gas
  • Property 
  • Tax law

The majority of solicitors in Scotland work in law firms, with increasing numbers working ‘in-house' within a variety of organisations. Openings exist within; the construction industry, insurance companies, the oil and gas industry and central and local government.

The opportunities within the profession are wide; duties may include offering legal services to small local business, handling the merger and acquisitions of large companies, or representing clients in District and Sheriff Courts.

Average UK salary range £22,880 - £57,200


Robert Gordon University graduates

On completion of their undergraduate and diploma studies, our graduates have gone on to undertake their traineeships in law firms across the country. Organisations where our graduates work include Paull & Williamsons, Peterkins, Brodies Solicitors and the Procurator Fiscals Office.

Find out more about a Career as a Solicitor