What is the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice?

The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is a compulsory part of the graduate entry route to the Scottish Legal Profession.  Students wishing to enter the profession must possess an accredited LLB from a Scottish University and have undertaken the DPLP.

Although taught as a year-long full-time Post-Graduate course by various Universities in Scotland (with a smaller number of part-time places taught over two years), it is really dedicated, vocational training.  The nearest equivalents in other professions are probably the Diploma in Social Work and the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (although – by my understanding – these are only required for those who have not undertaken the dedicated undergraduate degrees in the relevant disciplines).

For more information, see the DPLP pages on the Law Society of Scotland website or the Edinburgh Centre for Professional Legal Studies website.

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