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Professional Legal Practice PGDip

The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is a postgraduate, vocational qualification which if completed, will allow you to pursue a career in the legal profession in Scotland, either as a solicitor or advocate.

The course is primarily delivered by practising solicitors and acts as a bridge between the academic study of law and the requirements of legal practice. We teach you the practical knowledge and skills needed for practice, as well as introducing the values and ethics of the legal profession in Scotland.

On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to take a two year traineeship within Scotland and qualify as a solicitor. If you want to practise as an advocate, you must complete additional training.

All of our teaching is based on achieving the outcomes set by the Law Society of Scotland. These outcomes emphasise the development of practical legal skills within a backdrop of ethical and professional behaviour.

You will consolidate and build on black letter law and the research and analytical skills that you acquired as undergraduates and apply them to practical situations through interactive learning.

This course is flexible and you can be tailored to suit your needs and other commitments over the two year period of study. You will study alongside Full Time students and study over two academic years.

As part of this course, included in your fee, you will receive:

  • an iPad (model to be confirmed)
  • the textbook "Conveyancing Practice in Scotland"

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Admission requirements

Grade requirements

You should have, or expect to have LLB in Scots Law to include all subjects required by the Law Society of Scotland.

Entry to the programme is restricted to approximately 80 places determined by the academic merit of applicants. The main criterion for academic merit is the average mark obtained at first sitting in the subjects required by the Law Society of Scotland.

Essential subjects

To be eligible for admission to the Diploma, an applicant must either have graduated or be qualified to graduate with an LLB degree from a Scottish University, with passes in subjects which cover the Law Society of Scotland's professional examination curriculum; or, have passed or obtained exemption from the examinations of the Law Society of Scotland in all subjects in the Law Society of Scotland's professional examination curriculum. Until the academic session 2011-2012 the modules at Dundee which comprise the professional examination curriculum are:

European Union Law is not required for admission to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice but is required for admission as a solicitor.

In Dundee’s Law with Languages degree students should have Justice, Law and Human Rights in place of Law, Society and Human Rights.

Admission to the DPLP is competitive and not automatic. All Scottish providers of the Diploma operate a common procedure for entry to the programme. Applicants must select and apply to one institution only. Common criteria are applied by the admission committee at each provider. Performance on the compulsory modules in the prescribed subject areas is the main criterion for admission, rather than the final degree classification. An average score is calculated for performance on the modules on the prescribed subjects and students are ranked within their institution - with (first) pass marks and (second) the number of subjects failed being noted. In the event that a choice has to be made between applicants with virtually identical averages (and fails); additional factors may be considered, including degree classification, work experience and personal or other circumstances.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (overall) - 6.5
  • Reading - 6.0
  • Listening - 6.0
  • Speaking - 6.0
  • Writing - 6.0

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Conveyancing
  • Business and Financial Services
  • Private Client
  • Criminal Court Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • Civil Court Practice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Scotland: £ 8,650 per year
  • EU settled / pre-settled status: £ 8,650 per year
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 8,650 per year
  • EU and International: £ 8,650 per year


Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland

Career opportunities

This course will give you the skills necessary to work as a solicitor or advocate.

We have close links with employers and we offer programmes to support and develop your employability.

The Law School runs an annual Law Fair which attracts law firms and employers from around the UK and further afield. Law firms also regularly visit the law school on an individual basis for recruitment purposes.

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