Entry requirements

for Professional Legal Practice (part time) PGDip

Date of entry

September 2020

Level entry

Grade requirements

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.

Essential subjects

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 curriculumNew curriculum
Constitutional LawFoundations of Law
Administrative LawPrivate Law of Scotland I
Scots Law of ContractPublic Law I - Sources of Power
Scots Law of DelictScots Criminal Law & Evidence
Scottish Property LawPrivate Law of Scotland II
Scottish Family LawPublic Law II - Controls on Power
Scots Criminal LawCommercial Law
Mercantile LawScottish Property Law
Scottish Professional PracticePublic Law III - Rights and Freedoms
Scots Law of EvidenceFamily Law
Revenue LawPrivate Law of Scotland III
European Union LawLaw, 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.

English language requirements

IELTS (overall)








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