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PGDip Professional Legal Practice

Course Description

Why study Professional Legal Practice at Dundee?

Dundee Law School has an excellent reputation as a Diploma Provider. We have three decades of experience of delivering the legal practice programme in collaboration with dedicated members of the local legal profession who bring their enthusiasm and expertise to the enterprise. We pride ourselves on the accessibility of our staff and the fact that students are treated as individuals and valued members of our legal community.

The Diploma aims to bridge the gap between the conclusion of undergraduate study with its emphasis on academic study and the start of practical, hands-on experience in a solicitor's office.
Flexible study routes

This course is offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis, taking either 9 months (full-time) or 2 years (part-time) to complete.
Professional accreditation: Law Society of Scotland

All teaching of the Diploma is based on achieving the outcomes set by the Law Society. These outcomes emphasise the development of practical legal skills within a backdrop of ethical and professional behaviour.

You will consolidate and build on the black letter law and the research and analytical skills that you acquired as undergraduates and apply them to practical situations through interactive learning.

You will be assigned to a law firm, elect a senior partner, and develop your group and team-building skills as part of the learning process. You will be trained in video-recording so that you can electronically record your progress in many of the key skills of lawyering, such as interviewing, negotiating and advocacy.

What's so good about Professional Legal Practice at Dundee?

In the Times Good University Guide 2012 Dundee Law School was placed 7th in the United Kingdom law school rankings, and we were ranked 1st in Scotland in the 2011 National Student Survey (NSS).

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise Dundee Law School was one of only two law schools in the United Kingdom to achieve a 100% international standard classification, with half of our submissions being graded internationally excellent or world leading. Our commitment on is to provide high quality instruction, with a focus on matters of practical relevance, to prepare students for a successful legal career, whether at home or abroad.

Postgraduate culture

Dundee Law School prides itself as being a friendly Law School where all members of staff are accessible and students are treated as individuals and valued members of our legal community.

We offer all new students an induction programme at the start of each semester, to ensure that all students have the necessary understanding of the UK and European legal systems as well as core principles of public and private law.

We seek to integrate all LLM students into the life of the Law School, and invite you to all guest lectures and seminars. We also have an annual reading party to a beautiful country house location, where you are joined by senior staff and can work on academic skills and dissertation preparation.

Who should study this course?

This course is designed for students holding a law degree who wish to enter into a career in legal practice as either a solicitor or an advocate.

This course can be taken either full time or part time. The full time course lasts for 9 months and the start date is September.
The course for part time students lasts for two years.

How you will be taught

The assessments are continuous and the focus is on learning by doing, receiving feedback, giving feedback to your peers, practising to improve, and reflecting on your progress.

What you will study

The Diploma curriculum runs over two semesters, from September to April. Primarily delivered by practising solicitors; the programme acts as a bridge between the academic study of law and the requirements of legal practice. Dundee Law School aims to provide a modern, progressive general Diploma programme with a range of specialist electives.

The Law Society framework for the Diploma consists of several compulsory core areas which all students must complete. The modules at Dundee which satisfy these areas are taught in semester 1 with the exception of Business and Financial Services which is taught within Semester 2.

Conveyancing (there are presently three sessions of Conveyancing in semester 2)
Criminal Court Practice
Civil Court Practice
Private Client
Professional Practice (there are presently three sessions of Professional Practice in semester 2)
In semester 2, students will have a choice of a number of electives of 20 credits each and totalling 60 credits. The modules are subject to availability. In 2014-2015 the available elective choices are expected to be:

Advocacy (civil & criminal)
Company / Commercial
Employment Law
Family Law
Advanced Private Client
Personal Injury

How you will be assessed

Students are required to reach a satisfactory standard overall in the Diploma modules which they are taking. All aspects - attendance, completion of coursework, participation in tutorials, performance in examinations - are taken into account in judging student performance.


This course will give you the skills necessary to work as a solicitor or advocate.

We have close links with employers and we offer programmes to support and develop the employability of our students. Our good reputation throughout the profession and close links to employers help Dundee graduates find employment.

The Law School runs an annual Law Fair which attracts law firms and employers from around the UK and further afield. Law firms also regularly visit the law school on an individual basis for recruitment purposes.

Find out more about legal careers from our Careers Service.

Visit the PGDip Professional Legal Practice page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

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5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees - 20+ Awards

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount on tuition fees


For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Application Procedure

You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July.
Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.

Further Information



PGDip Legal Practice (PSAS) - 20+ Awards

PGDip Legal Practice (PSAS)SAAS Postgraduate Students Allowances Scheme (PSAS) provides some funding for some Scots-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students studying PGDip Legal Practice.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees of up to £3,400


Home/EU students studying PGDip Legal Practice in the School of Law.SAAS eligibility guidelines can be found here:http://www.student-support-saas.gov.uk/student_support/special_circumstances/postgrad_eligibility.htm

Application Procedure

You can apply from April of the year that you want to study. You should always apply as early as possible.If the course you are applying for is funded and you meet the SAAS eligibility conditions, you should contact your course leader to find out if they will nominate you for a funded place. If they are willing to nominate you, you will be sent an Application Form to complete and return to SAAS.Contact SAAS directly on 0300 300 3135Closing date 31st March 2012

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have, or expect to have LLB in Scots Law to include all subjects required by the Law Society of Scotland. Entry to the programme is restricted to approximately 80 places determined by the academic merit of applicants. The main criterion for academic merit is the average mark obtained at first sitting in the subjects required by the Law Society of Scotland.English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5, with minimum of 6.0 in the writing component (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

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