Edinburgh Law School

University of Edinburgh

Professional Legal Practice

The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is suitable for students seeking to enter the professions of solicitor or advocate in Scotland. The content is determined by the national Joint Standing Committee on Legal Education, the Diploma Co-ordinating Committee and various working parties, which include representatives of all the universities and members of the legal profession. The focus is on the practical skills required in the legal profession.

Course modules

Compulsory courses include: Conveyancing Private Client Civil Court Practice Criminal Court Practice Financial Services and Related Skills Company & Commercial Professional Responsibility There are also a number of elective courses on offer, ranging from Construction Law to Estate Planning, which take place in February/March.

Assessment methods

Courses will be taught by lectures and seminars. Students are expected to prepare in advance for all seminars by reading the required materials and by reflecting on the issues to be discussed. Students on this programme have a very full timetable in comparison with that at undergraduate level. It entails a large number of contact hours, much of the time in small seminar groups. Participation in practical class work is regarded as extremely important and attendance is expected. Failure to attend tutorials will disqualify students from sitting the final exams. There may also be the need for substantial preparation for exercises and in-class assessment. There is an emphasis on legal skills throughout.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 21 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Central area campus EH8 9JZ Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Edinburgh Centre for Professional Legal Studies
Telephone number: 
01316502004