Applying for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice

Applying for the Diploma in Legal Practice 2017/18 session? Read our guidance note before making your application and visit our Virtual Diploma Fair.

Everyone who wants to become a solicitor must take the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, which teaches practical knowledge and skills. If you are considering applying for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, it is important you have accurate and up to-date information before you do so.

Applications for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in session 2016/17 will open in February and close in April. There are 6 universities offering the Diploma this year, and you can find out more about them on our Virtual Diploma Fair which also opens in February.

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether to take the Diploma. You can follow the links below to ensure you have comprehensive information before making any decisions.

We also strongly recommend you consider the trainee salary information and details of the fit and proper person test prior to applying for the Diploma.

If you have any questions or would like advice from the Society, please contact


Guidance for those on a Tier 4 Visa

It is very important that if you are undertaking the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice with the intention of securing employment thereafter in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK ( as a trainee solicitor or otherwise) , that you make enquiries to satisfy yourself  that you meet the appropriate visa requirements.

Currently, the salary threshold to sponsor a tier 2 visa for a trainee/solicitor is £24,700, which is significantly more than a first year trainee’s recommended salary. This threshold is likely to increase during the course of 2016 as it is presently under review.



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