Taught course

Professional Legal Practice

Robert Gordon University · The Law School

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Entry requirements

To gain admission to the Diploma course entrants require to obtain passes in certain "core" subjects (prerequisite professional subjects) in their LLB Degree from a Scottish university.

Alternatively you will have undertaken a pre-Diploma training contract and completed the Law Society of Scotland's professional qualifying examinations.

Those wishing to apply for a place on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice:

  • Will graduate LLB from Robert Gordon University this year, or earlier; OR

  • Are engaged on a pre-Diploma Training Contract

  • Will graduate LLB from another Scottish University this year or earlier

To apply for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice you must complete the application form specific to the Diploma.

Please note that you should apply to the University where you have completed or are completing your LLB even if you wish to apply for DPLP at another Scottish University.

If you wish to apply to study at another University please check that University’s website in order to check if there are other requirements to comply with. If applying to Strathclyde University as first choice please note that the paper application should not be used but the online form on their website should be sent directly to them.

Applicants engaged on a pre-Diploma training contract should apply directly to their first choice Diploma Provider.

Months of entry


Course content

Our flexible Diploma in Professional Legal Practice enables you to train further to practice as a solicitor in Scotland and is a PEAT 1 accredited course by the Law Society of Scotland. Throughout the vocational course, you will learn the ethical rules, practical knowledge and professional skills required of solicitors in Scotland.

If you intend to become a solicitor after completion of an LLB Degree from a Scottish university, or the professional examinations of The Law Society of Scotland, you are required to undertake the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.

Throughout the course, you will take part in client interviews, be taught by practising solicitors in most modules and undertake skills related activities and assessment to ensure you are ready for the working environment on graduation.

Information for international students

Postgraduate courses normally require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components. Some of our courses require a different level of English. Please check our course pages for specific details. Test reports are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

Fees and funding

UK students
All Students - Full-time £7,000 entire course All Students - Part-time £3,500 per academic year
International students
All Students - Full-time £7,000 entire course All Students - Part-time £3,500 per academic year

For more information, visit www.rgu.ac.uk/finance

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    7 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    This is an accredited PEAT 1 course with accreditation from The Law Society of Scotland.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1224 262728