Diploma validity

You must have a valid Diploma to be able to apply for an entrance certificate. An entrance certificate is required in order for you to commence a traineeship.

The Diploma is valid until 31 December, two years after it is awarded. For example, if you are awarded the Diploma in May 2014, it is valid until 31 December 2016.

You can apply for an extension to the Diploma validity using this form. If granted, this lasts for one year. It is possible to apply for multiple extensions.

In order for the Society to consider an application for extension of your Diploma validity (which will be treated sympathetically), please provide information relating to the following criteria:

  • appropriateness of any work - paid or voluntary
  • appropriateness of any training undertaken
  • endeavours of the applicant to obtain a traineeship
  • efforts of applicant to keep up their legal knowledge

Please also submit a copy of your CV with your application.

When applying, please inform us of the university at which you studied the Diploma and the year in which it was awarded.

Please note that all applications made after 1 January 2017 must include details of 15 hours of CPD style learning (listed in the “training undertaken” section of the form) relevant to the mandatory outcomes of law covered on PEAT 1.  The mandatory outcomes means the core curriculum of Conveyancing, Private Client, Litigation, Business, Financial and Practice Awareness, and Tax.  If you are unable to meet this criteria, please contact katiewood@lawscot.org.uk in the first instance.

Please do not send evidence of your efforts to secure a traineeship, we only require you to provide brief details and information. Please also ensure that the information you provide relates in particular to the last 12 months.

Once we have all of the relevant information, your request will be transferred onto the relevant person/committee for consideration.

If you have not secured a traineeship by a month before your Diploma expires, please apply in writing to the Education, Training and Qualifications Department at legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk. If you have any questions regarding this then you can contact us at the above email address.