Professional Legal Practice
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If you intend to become a solicitor after completion of an LLB Degree from a Scottish university, or the professional examinations of The Law Society of Scotland, you are required to undertake the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.
Throughout the course, you will take part in client interviews, be taught by practising solicitors in most modules and undertake skills related activities and assessment to ensure you are ready for the working environment on graduation.
Year 1 full time
You will study all mandatory modules and three from a list of options which includes Employment Practice and Advanced Civil Litigation. You will be taught by solicitors in practice and will learn through practical teaching and materials.
Year 1 part time
You will study two of the mandatory modules and three from a list of options which includes (amongst others) Employment Practice and Advanced Civil Litigation. You will be taught by solicitors in practice and will learn through practical teaching and materials.
YEAR 2 part time
You will study the remaining mandatory modules and either one or two optional modules with a continued focus on learning in the types of work which solicitors carry out in practice.
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 and module disclaimer for more information.Detailed module information
- Lectures - 16 students per group, 2-3 hours per week
- Seminars - 16 students per group, 2-3 hours per week
- Tutorial - 16 students per group, 2-3 hours per week
- Practical class or workshop - 16 students per group, 2 hours per week
- Supervised time in studio / workshop - 16 students per group, 20 hours per course
- Independent Study - 8 hours per week
- External Visits - 16 students per group, 3 hours per course
This is a practically based course and students will be assessed on the skills they learn in lectures seminars and workshops. Students are expected to study independently using the textbooks provided at additional cost to students and to research themselves making use of the RGU library facilities.
The summary below indicates the assessment methods applied to the four mandatory modules studied across the course only. Other assessment methods will vary depending on which elective modules are chosen.
Year 1 Full Time
- 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours
- 9 written assignments, including essays
- 2 reports
- 2 portfolio
- 2 - 4 set exercises
- 4 oral assessments
- 5 practical skills assessment
Year 1 Part Time
- 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours
- 3 written assignments, including essays
- 2 reports
- 2 set exercises
- 2 oral assessments
- 1 practical skills assessment
Year 2 Part Time
- 6 written assignments, including essays
- 2 portfolios
- 2 set exercises
- 2 oral assessment
- 4 practical skills assessment
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
Staff Delivering on This Course
Some of our teaching staff have professional Legal and Management experience meaning that subjects are taught with a highly practical edge. All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.
Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers and external guest speakers from The Law Society of Scotland.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
By completing the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice you are completing the first step in professional education and training to become a solicitor in Scotland. The second step is to complete the 2 year legal traineeship which will allow full qualification as a solicitor in Scotland.
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.
Those wishing to apply for a place on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice:
Will graduate LLB from Robert Gordon University in 2018, or earlier; OR
Are engaged on a pre-Diploma Training Contract
Will graduate LLB from another Scottish University in 2018 or earlier
To apply for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice you must complete the application form specific to the Diploma.
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. If applying to Strathclyde University as first choice please note that the paper application should not be used but the online form on their website should be sent directly to them.
Applicants engaged on a pre-Diploma training contract should apply directly to their first choice Diploma Provider.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For Academic Year 2020/2021
All Students - Full-time
- £7,000 entire course
All Students - Part-time
- £3,500 per academic year
For Academic Year 2019/2020
All Students - Full-time and Full-time online distance learning
- £6,830 entire course (Tuition Fee)
All-students - Part-time and Part-time online distance learning
- £3,415 per academic year
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
- £300 course materials and books
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
I found the DPLP at RGU to be a very thorough and practical course, which prepared me for the transition from University to beginning a career as a Trainee Solicitor. The smaller tutorial groups allowed for interactive learning and the opportunity to have one-to-one teaching, which was invaluable at such an important stage in my legal career.
This is an accredited PEAT 1 course with accreditation from The Law Society of Scotland.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
All applicants should read the guidance notes before applying for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.
Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Course Leader who will be delighted to help.
Applicants can apply direct to the University using our application form.