You should have, or expect to have LLB in Scots Law to include all subjects required by the Law Society of Scotland.
Entry to the programme is restricted to approximately 80 places determined by the academic merit of applicants. The main criterion for academic merit is the average mark obtained at first sitting in the subjects required by the Law Society of Scotland.
To be eligible for admission to the Diploma, an applicant must either have graduated or be qualified to graduate with an LLB degree from a Scottish University, with passes in subjects which cover the Law Society of Scotland's professional examination curriculum; or, have passed or obtained exemption from the examinations of the Law Society of Scotland in all subjects in the Law Society of Scotland's professional examination curriculum. Until the academic session 2011-2012 the modules at Dundee which comprise the professional examination curriculum are:
|Old curriculum||New curriculum|
|Constitutional Law||Foundations of Law|
|Administrative Law||Private Law of Scotland I|
|Scots Law of Contract||Public Law I - Sources of Power|
|Scots Law of Delict||Scots Criminal Law & Evidence|
|Scottish Property Law||Private Law of Scotland II|
|Scottish Family Law||Public Law II - Controls on Power|
|Scots Criminal Law||Commercial Law|
|Mercantile Law||Scottish Property Law|
|Scottish Professional Practice||Public Law III - Rights and Freedoms|
|Scots Law of Evidence||Family Law|
|Revenue Law||Private Law of Scotland III|
|European Union Law||Law, Society and Human Rights*|
* European Union Law is not required for admission to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice but is required for admission as a solicitor.
* In Dundee’s Law with Languages degree students should have Justice, Law and Human Rights in place of Law, Society and Human Rights.
Admission to the DPLP is competitive and not automatic. All Scottish providers of the Diploma operate a common procedure for entry to the programme. Applicants must select and apply to one institution only. Common criteria are applied by the admission committee at each provider. Performance on the compulsory modules in the prescribed subject areas is the main criterion for admission, rather than the final degree classification. An average score is calculated for performance on the modules on the prescribed subjects and students are ranked within their institution - with (first) pass marks and (second) the number of subjects failed being noted. In the event that a choice has to be made between applicants with virtually identical averages (and fails); additional factors may be considered, including degree classification, work experience and personal or other circumstances.