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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full time - 26 weeks Part time - 24 months

  • Course Type

    PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Please visit the website for details

  • Last Updated

    29 June 2018

Course Content

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.

What you will study

YEAR 1 FULL TIME

You will study all mandatory modules and three from a list of options which includes Employment Practice and Advanced Civil Litigation. You will be taught by solicitors in practice and will learn through practical teaching and materials.

YEAR 1 PART TIME

You will study two of the mandatory modules and three from a list of options which includes (amongst others) Employment Practice and Advanced Civil Litigation. You will be taught by solicitors in practice and will learn through practical teaching and materials.

YEAR 2 PART TIME

You will study the remaining mandatory modules and either one or two optional modules with a continued focus on learning in the types of work which solicitors carry out in practice.

Teaching and assessment

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures - 16 students per group, 2-3 hours per week
  • Seminars - 16 students per group, 2-3 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 16 students per group, 2-3 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 16 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - 16 students per group, 20 hours per course
  • Independent Study - 8 hours per week
  • External Visits - 16 students per group, 3 hours per course

INDEPENDENT STUDY

This is a practically based course and students will be assessed on the skills they learn in lectures seminars and workshops. Students are expected to study independently using the textbooks provided at additional cost to students and to research themselves making use of the RGU library facilities.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Some of our teaching staff have professional Legal and Management experience meaning that subjects are taught with a highly practical edge. All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers and external guest speakers from The Law Society of Scotland.

ASSESSMENT

The summary below indicates the assessment methods applied to the four mandatory modules studied across the course only. Other assessment methods will vary depending on which elective modules are chosen.

Year 1 Full Time 

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours
  • 9 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports
  • 2 portfolio
  • 2 - 4 set exercises
  • 4 oral assessments
  • 5 practical skills assessment

Year 1 Part Time

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports
  • 2 set exercises
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Year 2 Part Time

  • 6 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 portfolios
  • 2 set exercises
  • 2 oral assessment
  • 4 practical skills assessment

Job prospects 

By completing the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice you are completing the first step in professional education and training to become a solicitor in Scotland. The second step is to complete the 2 year legal traineeship which will allow full qualification as a solicitor in Scotland.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.


Visit the Professional Legal Practice (PgDip) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

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