University of dundee diploma in legal practice

University of dundee diploma in legal practice

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The Diploma in Legal Practice gives you the skills necessary to pursue a career as a solicitor or advocate.

The Diploma Explained

The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is a postgraduate, vocational qualification which is the second element in the training pathway for qualification as a solicitor or advocate in Scotland. To be eligible for admission applicants must have successfully completed a qualifying LLB in Scots Law, or, have passed the professional examinations of the Law Society of Scotland.

The DPLP at Dundee Law School runs over two semesters, from September to April. Primarily delivered by practising solicitors, the programme acts as a bridge between the academic study of law and the requirements of legal practice. The emphasis is therefore on equipping students with the practical knowledge and skills required for practice, as well as introducing the values and ethics of the legal profession in Scotland.

Candidates who complete the DPLP successfully will then be eligible to undertake a two year traineeship within Scotland and qualify as solicitors. Candidates wishing to practise as advocates must complete additional training.

University of dundee diploma in legal practice


Dundee Law School has an excellent reputation as a Diploma Provider. We have three decades of experience of delivering the legal practice programme in collaboration with dedicated members of the local legal profession who bring their enthusiasm and expertise to the enterprise. We pride ourselves on the accessibility of our staff and the fact that students are treated as individuals and valued members of our legal community.

The new style Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Dundee (the Diploma) was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland in June 2011. For more about the structure and content of the new programme see the Law Society’s website information for students.

All teaching of the Diploma is based on achieving the outcomes set by the Law Society. These outcomes emphasise the development of practical legal skills within a backdrop of ethical and professional behaviour. As a student you will be supported and encouraged to develop the knowledge and skills demanded by each of the compulsory and mandatory outcomes of your training and to reflect upon and record your professional development as part of that process.

In the first semester you engage with the compulsory core subjects which the Law Society prescribe as central to the training process. In the second semester you are able to choose from a range of elective subjects to suit your individual interests and career aspirations.

University of dundee diploma in legal practice

You will consolidate and build on the black letter law and the research and analytical skills that you acquired as undergraduates and apply them to practical situations through interactive learning.  You will be trained in video-recording so that you can electronically record your progress in many of the key skills of lawyering, such as interviewing, negotiating and advocacy. The assessments are continuous and the focus is on learning by doing, receiving feedback, giving feedback to your peers, practising to improve, and reflecting on your progress.

We aim to give you confidence that when you leave Dundee Law School, you will be professionally trained to cope with real situations that you will encounter in practice.

Elizabeth Comerford
Director of the Diploma programme.