Professional Legal Practice

The University of Edinburgh

Master On Campus
9 months
21670 GBP/year
9170 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at The University of Edinburgh is suitable for students seeking to enter the professions of solicitor or advocate in Scotland.


The content is determined by the national Joint Standing Committee on Legal Education, the Diploma Co-ordinating Committee and various working parties, which include representatives of all the universities and members of the legal profession.

The focus is on the practical skills required in the legal profession.

There are also a number of elective courses on offer, ranging from Construction Law to Estate Planning, which take place in February/March.

Students on this Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at The University of Edinburgh  have a very full timetable in comparison with that at undergraduate level. It entails a large number of contact hours, much of the time in small seminar groups.

Participation in practical class work is regarded as extremely important and attendance is expected. Failure to attend tutorials will disqualify students from sitting the final exams.

There may also be the need for substantial preparation for exercises and in-class assessment. There is an emphasis on legal skills throughout.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this programme, students should have acquired a more sophisticated understanding and be equipped with basic skills and knowledge required for legal practice. This will include pervasive consideration of legal skills.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Conveyancing
  • Private Client
  • Civil Court Practice
  • Criminal Court Practice
  • Financial Services and Related Skills
  • Company and Commercial
  • Professional Skills and Responsibility

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months
  • Part-time
    • 21 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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Other requirements

General requirements

Either of the following:

  • passes in the following Ordinary LLB courses: Public Law of the UK and Scotland, Legal Reasoning and the Legal System, Family Law, Delict, Contract and Unjustified Enrichment, Trusts and Succession, Public Law and Individual Rights, Property, Evidence, Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Business Entities, EC/EU Law (required to graduate but not a pre-requisite for the Diploma), or their equivalents


  • passes in all the appropriate Diploma pre-requisite subjects if you are an applicant from a university other than Edinburgh, a Law Society or Faculty of Advocates applicant

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21670 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21670 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9170 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9170 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
  • Part-time UK/EU Students: £4,585 (Part-time fees will are subject to an annual increase in year 2)


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