University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Professional Legal Practice

This course prepares students for entering the legal profession in Scotland. The programme has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and meets the accreditation requirements for PEAT 1 (Professional Education and Training 1). Students have access to the Glasgow Legal 40, a group of Glasgow legal alumni who have committed to support the programme through their involvement in education, mentoring and social events.

Entry requirements

To be a candidate for the Diploma applicants must: possess a law degree from a Scottish University, or a qualification accepted by the Senatus as equivalent thereto; have passed or obtained exemption from the professional examinations of the Law Society of Scotland in those subjects required in terms of the Admission as Solicitor (Scotland) Regulations. The Director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice shall have discretion to admit applicants if they are deficient in 1 element of these requirements, but could satisfy them during the period of study for the Diploma. English language requirements: IELTS: overall score 6.5 (no sub-test less than 6.5); ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 24; CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum; CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum; PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 68; no sub-test less than 60. If students require a Tier 4 student visa, their qualification must be 1 of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old.

Course modules

Core modules: criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy, evidence and procedure and negotiation); civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, rules of procedure, evidence, negotiation and pre-action protocols); property law and conveyancing (incorporating ARTL); private client (incorporating wills, trusts, deeds of variation and guardianship); business, ethics, finance and practice awareness. Optional courses: advanced civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, remedies, debates, proofs and appeals); advanced criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy); corporate; family law (incorporating negotiation, mediation, collaboration and litigation); human rights (incorporating employment, asylum and immigration, legislative competence, prisons); contemporary Scottish public law.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ Scotland

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