University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

Professional Legal Practice

This qualification is essential for entry to both the solicitors' and advocates' branches of the profession. It meets the requirements of the Law Society of Scotland's Professional Education and Training Stage 1. The diploma is a vocational course. Students learn the ethical rules, practical knowledge and personal skills required of lawyers in Scotland. The course trains students to be practising lawyers. Students gain a thorough knowledge of legal principles and an appreciation of the practical context in which they're applied.

Entry requirements

Diploma

Degree in law from a Scottish university (or equivalent qualification) plus pass or exemption from professional examinations of law society of Scotland in those subjects required by it in terms of The Admissions as Solicitor (Scotland) Regulations.

LLM

Normally a first or upper second-class LLB Honours degree and a qualifying Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice/Professional Legal Practice from a Scottish university. Where demand for places exceeds availability, your performance throughout your studies (generally the relative performance of applicants in specified LLB classes and over the duration of their Diploma studies) will be taken into consideration.

Course modules

Diploma

Compulsory subjects: professional practice and ethics; business and financial awareness; conveyancing; private client; civil litigation; criminal litigation; personal injury claims handling. Plus a choice of five from the following electives: advanced criminal advocacy; advanced private client; business accounting for legal professionals; commercial contracts and IP; commercial conveyancing; company law; employment law in practice; family business; family law; mediation and mediation advocacy; practical public administration; work-based learning module in legal practice.

LLM

Core Modules: Research Methods; Dissertation

Assessment methods

Diploma

Research project.

LLM

Assessment is made on the basis of:
Completion of Legal Research Skills & Methods module
Completion of 15,000 word dissertation

Sponsorship information

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Opportunities include: John Fitzsimmons Memorial scholarships; Lord Hope Postgraduate scholarships; International Scholarships (instructional); University of Strathclyde Progression Scholarships. The Pritchard Educational Trust: It was established to assist those who are of academic ability and wish to qualify as solicitors but who, through financial constraints, are unable to do so. Particular emphasis is given to those students embarking on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. See Law Society Guidance for details. The Clark Foundation for Legal Education: The Foundation invites applications for Grants and Scholarships from persons practising law in Scotland whether as solicitors or advocates and from persons studying at Scottish Universities or other institutions of higher education based in Scotland. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote and advance the legal and business education and training of Scots lawyers and students of Scots Law. Awards will be made annually in September and application forms should be returned no later than the end of March.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Distance learning September 2016 - 24 months
LLM Distance learning September 2017 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (EU) 24 months
LLM Distance learning September 2017 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
LLM Distance learning September 2017 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
LLM Distance learning September 2017 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
LLM Distance learning September 2017 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
LLM Distance learning September 2017 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 24 months
Diploma Full-time GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (England) 9 months
Diploma Full-time GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (International) 9 months
Diploma Full-time GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Diploma Full-time GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 9 months
Diploma Full-time GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 9 months
Diploma Part-time GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
Diploma Part-time GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
Diploma Part-time GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
Diploma Part-time GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
Diploma Part-time GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
Diploma Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (International) 9 months
Diploma Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Diploma Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 9 months
Diploma Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 9 months
Diploma Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (England) 9 months
Diploma Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
Diploma Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
Diploma Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
Diploma Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
Diploma Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Strathclyde Glasgow G1 1XQ Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Law School Course Support Team
Telephone number: 
0141 548 3738