This programme is suitable for solicitors in Scotland to enter the legal profession. It is an essential part of your training within law and it is Stage 1 (PEAT 1) of the professional training for solicitors in Scotland. At Aberdeen you gain a Diploma from a team trained and experienced in law with strong networks to ensure your training is 'fit for purpose.' Your training is complemented by presentations from law professionals and you can become involved in the various law societies which are student led clinics and projects designed to align your skills to real challenges.
The DPLP is a practical transaction- based learning programme which aims to prepare suitably qualified graduates for legal practice in Scotland. The DPLP satisfies the requirements of Professional Education and Training Stage 1 (PEAT 1) of the professional training programme for solicitors in Scotland. Completion of PEAT 1 is required for entry into the legal profession in Scotland.
If you have either an undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree in law this is an essential qualification to allow you to practice. If you want to further your studies after postgraduate level University of Aberdeen offers two very useful qualifications in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution. Depending upon where you work is based both qualifications offer very useful tools to progress and widen your work opportunities either in the UK, Scotland or internationally.
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The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice 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.
Compulsory courses include:
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 programme 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.
Courses will be taught by lectures and seminars. Students are expected to prepare in advance for all seminars by reading the required materials and by reflecting on the issues to be discussed.
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.