The application process

The application process is a very different to UCAS admission to the degree and students should read the following information carefully.

Criteria for admission

In the interests of fairness, the basic criterion for entry onto the Diploma is based on your marks (at first sitting) on the subjects you take during the LLB. You can can find out what those subjects are here.

This criterion could be moderated (in either direction) by the class and type of degree obtained, overall number of failed subjects at undergraduate level, other qualifications (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and special circumstances  affecting the academic performance of individual students such as illness, other personal factors and the weight and nature of curriculum (unless already taken into account internally).

The fact that an applicant has an offer of a traineeship at the time of applying for a Diploma place may also be a factor taken into account, but only as another possible factor when deciding among applicants who have extremely similar academic records. It is not in and of itself a circumstance which gives rise to a right to embark on the Diploma.

The application process

The allocation of places on Diploma courses is administered by the individual providers, and any specific questions in relation to a particular provider should be addressed to that university.

  • If you wish to apply for the Diploma you are required to apply via the university you completed your LLB with. However you should also check with the university you wish to apply to, to see if they have an online form to complete.  Please note, some universities will have differing deadlines for applications - please check this carefully as late applications will not be accepted.
  • Students who have undertaken/are undertaking the Law Society exams should obtain an application form from the university they wish to apply for and send the completed form to that university.
  • When completing your Diploma application you will be asked to select only one university. In recent years, the majority of students have been offered their first place but this is variable depending on the number of students applying in any given year, and the number of places available.
  • On the form, you will also be asked to indicate which (if any) universities you do not wish to be considered for. If you are not offered your first choice all the other universities (with the exception of any universities you stated you did not wish to be considered for) will consider your application and you may then be offered an alternative university.
  • Please ensure you complete the form carefully and if there are any special circumstances in relation to your application, ensure you detail in this in the appropriate section of the form.


  • Students normally apply for the Diploma during the final year of the LLB, or after graduating (for example during a year out).
  • Applications normally open in February and close in April (check with the university you are studying the LLB with for exact deadlines). Late applications are not accepted.
  • First round offers are usually made in July, with any secondary offers taking place in August.
  • The Diploma induction week usually starts in early/mid-September.
  • The Diploma normally runs until April/May the following year, with resits taking place in June/July/August.