Professional Legal Practice Diploma

1. Overview

The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice enables graduates to practice as solicitors in Scotland. This is an accredited PEAT 1 course accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.

After completion of an LLB Degree from a Scottish university, or the professional examinations of The Law Society of Scotland, those who intend to become solicitors in Scotland are required to undertake the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.

The course is studied full-time over 26 weeks and there is an option to complete the course on a part-time basis (over 2 years). Please contact the Course Leader, Val Bremner for more information on the part-time study option. 

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2. What you will study

This Diploma in Professional Legal Practice core modules are as follows:

And selected modules from the following options:

Full details of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice course structure and various options

Please note:

  • Optional modules will be run subject to demand.
  • The course also includes mandatory talks by external guest speakers including The Law Society of Scotland and mandatory court visits.

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Full-time or Part-time Study

In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials.

4. Entry Requirements

To gain admission to the Diploma course entrants require to obtain passes in certain "core" subjects (prerequisite professional subjects) in their LLB Degree from a Scottish university.

Alternatively you will have undertaken a pre-Diploma training contract and completed the Law Society of Scotland's professional qualifying examinations.

English Language

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

This is an accredited PEAT 1 course with accreditation from The Law Society of Scotland.

6. Student Funding

Please note: In addition to course fees, students must pay a fee for course materials.

Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships and funding are available to eligible students at Robert Gordon University, further information via our scholarship pages.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

  • £6,830 entire course (Tuition Fee)
  • (additional charge for books applies) .

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

  • £6,630 entire course (Tuition Fee)
  • (additional charge for books applies) .

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £6,440 entire course (Tuition Fee)
  • (additional charge for books applies) .

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £6,200 entire course (Tuition Fee)
  • (additional charge for books applies) .

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £6,000 entire course (Tuition Fee)
  • £425 for materials for the course

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

To apply for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice you must complete the application form specific to the Diploma. Applications made on the standard Robert Gordon University postgraduate application form will not be considered. Those wishing to apply for a place on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice:

  • Will graduate LLB from Robert Gordon University in 2017, or earlier; OR
  • Are engaged on a pre-Diploma Training Contract;
  • Will graduate LLB from another Scottish University in 2017 or earlier

To apply for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice you must complete the application form specific to the Diploma.

Download the DPLP Application Form and Guidance Notes (DOC 621KB) 

Please note that you should apply to the University where you have completed or are completing your LLB even if you wish to apply for DPLP at another Scottish University. If you wish to apply to study at another University  please check that University’s website in order to check if  there are other requirements to comply with. Applicants engaged on a pre-Diploma training contract should apply directly to their first choice Diploma Provider.

Course Contacts

Valerie Bremner

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice allows graduates to practice as solicitors in Scotland.

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Diploma

Start Date

September

Course Length

26 weeks

Mode of Attendance

Full-time or Part-time

Academic School
The Law School
Accredited By
Law Society of Scotland

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