Applications for the 2022/2023 session closed on 6 May 2022.

The application process is very different to UCAS admission to the degree. Each year we issue a guidance note to help Diploma applicants understand the process and additional factors to consider when deciding to do the Diploma, such as employability statistics, funding arrangements and available places

Read our Diploma Guidance Note for the 2022/23 session

Criteria for admission

In the interests of fairness, the basic criterion for entry to the Diploma is based on your marks (at first sitting) obtained in those subjects designed to meet the Law Society of Scotland’s foundation programme outcomes. These subjects map to outcomes that are universally required regardless of which university you study at. However the individual subjects that are required can differ in name at each university. You should check with your LLB university law school to confirm what the correct subjects are.

This criterion could be moderated (in either direction and at individual Diploma providers’ discretion) by the class and type of degree obtained, overall number of fails in those subjects designed to meet the Law Society of Scotland’s foundation programme outcomes, 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. 

How to apply

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 to complete an application (found online for each Diploma provider) and email it to the relevant Diploma provider. This year applicants can apply to up to two Diploma providers. Applicants should complete the one application form and email it to the providers they are applying to. Some providers will also require applicants to complete an online application (information can be found on the application form).

When completing your Diploma application you will be asked to select list the Diploma providers you are applying to by order of preference.

Please note, Diploma providers have discretion to place weight on applicants’ provider choice and make offers accordingly.

Should you receive more than one offer, you must select only one offer to accept and decline the other. Should you accept more than one offer, your acceptances will be deemed invalid and you will be removed from the Diploma application process for this academic session.

Please ensure you complete the form carefully and if there are any special circumstances in relation to your application, ensure you detail this in the appropriate section of the form.

Application process timeline

Application period

4 March: Applications for the Diploma open 

6 May: Applications for the Diploma close 

Round 1 offers 


8 July: Applicants will be notified whether they have been offered a place by one of their chosen Diploma providers.

15 July: Deadline for acceptance of Round 1 offers

Applicants not receiving an offer of a place in Round 1 will need to wait until the round 2 offers to see whether they are offered a place by one of their chosen Diploma providers. 

Round 2 offers

25 July: Deadline for Round 2 offers to be made to successful applicants

29 July: Deadline for acceptance of Round 2 offers

Round 3 offers

5 August: Deadline for Round 3 offers to be made to successful applicants

10 August: Deadline for acceptance of Round 3 offers

Please note that Diploma providers will set individual, bespoke deadlines for any subsequent rounds (e.g. Round Four onwards). 
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Virtual Diploma Fair

Before applying for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, it's essential for you to be as informed as possible about your options. That's why we run the Virtual Diploma Fair every year.