Edinburgh Sheriff Court opens its doors to Edinburgh Law School Diploma students

Edinburgh Sheriff Court opened its doors to the entire Edinburgh Law School Diploma year group on Monday 12 December.  A record 176 full and part time students studying for their Diploma in Professional Legal Practice delivered a variety of pleas in mitigation to seven Sheriffs at the end of the first semester of teaching in this academic year.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court opened its doors to the entire Edinburgh Law School Diploma year group on Monday 12 December.  A record 176 full and part time students studying for their Diploma in Professional Legal Practice delivered a variety of pleas in mitigation to seven Sheriffs at the end of the first semester of teaching in this academic year.

Teaching Fellow and Course Leader for the Criminal Court Practice Course, Fred Mackintosh said "The students found the experience to be invaluable - if a little nerve-wracking - and the Centre for Professional Legal Studies is very grateful to Sheriff Nigel Morrison QC and Sheriffs Crowe, Holligan, Noble, McIntyre, Mackinnon and Muirhead for giving up their evening to hear from our students.

The Criminal Court Practice course as part of the Diploma in Legal Practice and Skills at Edinburgh provides students with their first intensive introduction to advocacy within PEAT1 and the Sheriff Court Exercise - which has been run for decades with the co-operation of the Sheriff Principal of Lothian & Borders - is a major milestone on our students' path as emerging lawyers."

The Centre for Professional Legal Studies at the University of Edinburgh delivers the professional postgraduate training required to enable law graduates to become solicitors or advocates. The Centre is accredited by The Law Society of Scotland to deliver its training provision, now called Professional Education and Training Stages 1 and 2 (PEAT 1 and PEAT 2).