There are 40 on campus places and 40 online places for the full-time Diploma course. There is a flexible number of spaces on the part-time Diploma course.
Full-time, part-time and online study options available
Full-time course fees: £7,930 (£3,965 per year part-time)
Cost for additional materials: £150 maximum
The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from Robert Gordon University enables you to train further to practice as a solicitor in Scotland and is a PEAT 1 accredited course by the Law Society of Scotland. Throughout this vocational course, you will learn the ethical rules, practical knowledge and professional skills required of solicitors in Scotland.
Throughout the course, you will be taught by practising solicitors in most modules and undertake skills related activities and assessment, to ensure you are ready for the working environment upon graduation from Robert Gordon University.
Duration of the course and mode of teaching (full time students)
The course duration is one academic year, divided into two semesters (semester 1 – September to December, semester 2 – January to April)
Duration of the course and mode of teaching (part time students)
The course duration is two academic years, each academic year is divided into two semesters (semester 1 – September to December, semester 2 – January to April)
Mandatory modules of study are:
- Litigation (Civil and Criminal)
- Private Client
- Business, Finance and Practice
Optional modules include:
- Advanced Civil Litigation
- Practical Dispute Resolution
- Legal Technology
- Employment Practice
- Advanced Conveyancing
- Practical Social Work and Child Law
- Oil and Gas Practice (On campus only)
On campus classes are generally timetabled on Mondays to Thursdays between the hours of 9am and 8pm. Full time students can generally expect to attend classes on around three to four days per week.
Online classes take place on Monday to Thursday evenings from 6.30pm – 7.45pm and from 7.45pm to 9pm. Full time students can generally expect to attend classes on around two to three nights per week.
Additional cost of materials are no more than £150 for course materials and books
Full time –
- 2 instalment plan
- 50% due by Enrolment
- 50% due by 1 February
- 3 instalment plan
- 34% due by Enrolment
- 33% due by 1 November
- 33% due by 1 January
- Standard Payment Plan
The standard payment plan for part-time courses and online learning courses is 22%, to be paid on or before enrolment, and 6 equal payments of 13% commencing in November to April for students starting in September.
- Modular Payments
If your fees are more than £600, you can pay through our instalment plan during online enrolment.
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Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests
To gain admission to the Diploma course entrants require to obtain passes in certain "core" subjects (prerequisite professional subjects) in their LLB Degree from a Scottish university.
Alternatively you will have undertaken a pre-Diploma training contract and completed the Law Society of Scotland's professional qualifying examinations.
Those wishing to apply for a place on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice:
- Will graduate LLB from Robert Gordon University this year, or earlier; OR
- Are engaged on a pre-Diploma Training Contract; OR
- Will graduate LLB from another Scottish University this year or earlier
18 September 2023