Taught course

Professional Legal Practice

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

To be a candidate for the Diploma you must:

  • possess a law degree from a Scottish university, or a qualification accepted by the Senatus as equivalent.
  • have passed or obtained exemption from the professional examinations of the Law Society of Scotland in all subjects required under the Admission as Solicitor (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides you with the necessary qualification to pursue a legal traineeship. Undertaken after obtaining your LLB, it is the next step towards a career as a solicitor or advocate in Scotland. Our aim is that the Glasgow Diploma comes to be regarded as the trademark of excellence, ensuring that you are not just employable but actively sought after by employers. It will equip you with the hands-on skills necessary to practise law as a “day one ready trainee” in the 21st century, as well as excellent opportunities to develop your own professional network to support you throughout your career.

  • Our programme aims to bridge the gap between academia and professional legal practice. Designed by practising lawyers, it replicates the work you will do as a trainee.
  • Our extensive network of highly experienced professionals, drawn from all sectors of the legal industry, support you through mentorship, as well as attendance at our networking events.
  • We work with employers to ensure that our programme meets their requirements, enabling you to commence your traineeship with the skills and knowledge these employers value.
  • Tutorial groups are small (12 max), enabling you to become assured and confident in communicating, orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences. You will receive one to one, in-person feedback from tutors on every course.
  • Our 150 tutors are all highly experienced legal practitioners. They are dedicated, enthusiastic and keen to share their knowledge with you, as part of the next generation of lawyers.
  • You will benefit from our library of filmed resources, developed in collaboration with the judiciary and our tutors. Filmed scenarios include numerous civil and criminal court hearings, judicial review, mediation, negotiation and collaboration.
  • You will attend Glasgow Sheriff Court and appear before sheriffs to deliver pleas in mitigation. In addition, police officers join us to take part in mock court cases.
  • We run various competitions throughout the year, from client counselling to negotiation, to help you enhance your skills in these areas – and to enhance your CV.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Law and Legal Practice