How much does it cost to qualify?
The information below on fees is the most up to date we have. However, please check with the university you are applying to for comprehensive information in relation to fees and any available financial support.
Scottish student studying in Scotland - Eligible Scottish domiciled students studying full-time in Scotland are not required to pay tuition fees if studying for a first degree or equivalent. Contact the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for information on this and what you are required to do to secure the necessary contribution by SAAS.
English and Northern Irish student studying in Scotland - The maximum fee level for a degree course is £9,000 per annum. Each institution is responsible for setting its own rate; you should contact the institution to establish the cost of the course you wish to attend. You will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover these costs.
Welsh student studying in Scotland - Students can get a tuition fee loan of up to £3,465 per year and there is also a fee grant available which will pay the balance of your tuition fees up to a maximum of £9,000.
EU student studying in Scotland - Eligible EU students are not required to pay tuition fees whilst studying in Scotland. They are not however eligible to apply for maintenance support.
Diploma in Professional Legal Practice fees
The fees for the Diploma are set by the universities and are reviewed each year. For the year 2013/14 they are as follows:
- University of Aberdeen £7,100 inclusive of materials
- University of Dundee £6,300 + £450 for materials
- University of Edinburgh £7,400 inclusive of materials
- University of Glasgow £7,500 + £150 for materials
- Robert Gordon University £6,200 + £425 for materials
- University of Strathclyde £6,900 + £250 for materials
Further information is available on our website for various grants and trusts that exist for the study of law.
Living costs will vary depending on location, living arrangements and particular circumstances. Visit the SAAS website to find about financial support available for living costs.
The traineeship (salary information)
The traineeship is the paid period of the route to qualification and there are no fees attached. Some trainees may be asked to contribute towards, or meet the full costs of trainee continuing professional development but we would strongly encourage all firms and organisations to meet those costs.
The Law Society sets a recommended rate for trainee salaries which the majority of employers match. A traineeship offered at below the minimum wage will not be registered by the Law Society of Scotland. Firms and organisations unable to pay a trainee at the national minimum wage should consider alternative flexible options such as sharing a trainee with another organisation, or employing a trainee on a part-time basis.