University Of Glasgow Diploma

University Of Glasgow Diploma

Postgraduate Taught 


The Diploma provides you with the necessary qualification to pursue a law traineeship. It is the first step towards a career as a solicitor or advocate within Scotland. Our goal is to equip you with the hands-on skills necessary to practise law in the 21st century. We create opportunities for you to develop a professional network which will support you throughout your career.

Key information


  • Designed by practising lawyers, our programme replicates the work that you will do when you commence your traineeship.
  • The Glasgow Legal 40, highly experienced legal alumni of the university, supports our Diploma students through mentorship and by attending our networking events.
  • We work with employers to ensure that our programme meets their requirements, enabling you to commence your traineeship with the necessary skills and knowledge.
  • You will receive one to one in-person feedback from tutors on every course.
  • Our library of filmed resources has been developed in collaboration with the judiciary and our tutors. It includes material such as court hearings, covering criminal trials, proofs, debates, motions and a judicial review as well as a mediation, collaboration and negotiation.
  • You will attend Glasgow Sheriff Court and appear before sheriffs to deliver pleas in mitigation; police officers attend the university to take part in court cases.
  • Our 200 tutors are all highly experienced legal practitioners. They are dedicated, enthusiastic, and keen to share their experience with the next generation of lawyers.

University Of Glasgow Diploma


You will take five core and three optional courses. This allows you to select courses which suit your areas of interest or meet the requirements of your future employers in the legal profession. Courses are delivered through a combination of on-line resources, e-modules, lectures and by small group tutorials (12 or less). Our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and committed tutors, almost all of whom are practising solicitors or advocates, are all focused on ensuring that you meet the requirement of a “Day 1 ready trainee” by the end of each course.

Core courses

  • Civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, rules of procedure, evidence, negotiation and pre-action protocols)
  • Commercial awareness
  • Conveyancing (incorporating purchase, sale and commercial leases)
  • Criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy, evidence and procedure and negotiation)
  • Private client (incorporating wills, trusts, deeds of variation and guardianship).

Optional courses

  • Advanced civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, remedies, debates, proofs and appeals)
  • Advanced criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy)
  • Commercial contracts
  • Commercial conveyancing
  • Contemporary Scottish public law
  • Corporate
  • Family law (incorporating negotiation, mediation, collaboration and litigation)
  • Human rights (incorporating topics such as employment, asylum and immigration, criminal, children’s hearing referrals).

Students contemplating a career as an advocate at the Scottish Bar are able to take courses in International Private Law and/or Roman Law at no additional cost. These courses are compulsory entry requirements for the Faculty of Advocates.

Further information

University Of Glasgow Diploma


Upon successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to progress through your traineeship to work as a solicitor or advocate within Scotland. The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is a requirement for entry into these roles in the legal profession, in addition to providing employment opportunities in related legal disciplines.