Career Prospects

The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Edinburgh is designed to give you the best start to your life in the legal profession.

Here, some of our recent students and graduates talk about their experience on the Diploma and their career stories.

Samir Nizam, DipPLP 2014-15

John West (DipPLP 2012)
Sheehan Kelsey Oswald, Family Law Specialists

I completed the Diploma at the ECPLS in 2012 and returned in 2013 to undertake the mandatory ethics course as part of my traineeship (PEAT 2).  I was keen to return to the ECPLS because I knew that the course would be delivered to the high standard I have come to expect from the ECPLS and its staff.
Studying at the ECPLS gave me the necessary tools and opportunities to begin my career in the legal profession.  The focus of teaching is on the development of legal skills.  The ECPLS gives students the opportunity to connect with and learn from experienced legal practitioners (tutorials are often taken by solicitors or advocates).  It is a safe environment to build on LLB knowledge and gain practical experience whether in drafting letters and wills or advising real people at the Free Legal Advice Centre. These skills have proved invaluable during my traineeship.

Elizabeth Sparks (DipPLP 2013)

I would recommend the diploma at the ECPLS to anybody wanting to qualify as a solicitor in Scotland. We were introduced to legal practice in a safe environment and were tutored by eminent legal practitioners. There were numerous  opportunities throughout the year to gain additional experience beyond the curriculum. For example, we had the opportunity to participate in several national completions, assist with the training of devils at the Faculty of Advocates by playing the part of witnesses in mock trials and attend conferences such as the LawWorks Student Pro Bono conference.  The University's Free Legal Advice Centre provided me with invaluable opportunities to develop skills that have helped me as a trainee.

I am currently a trainee solicitor at Balfour+Manson LLP.  I have turned to my diploma notes on more than one occasion and feel that studying for the diploma at the ECPLS prepared me well for life as a trainee.

Kathleen Gaughan, DipPLP 2014-15

DipPLP Graduate 2011

I studied the Diploma in Legal Practice after completing the accelerated LLB at Edinburgh University. The Diploma course had a real focus on providing the practical skills that we would require when we became solicitors. From thinking back to the tutorials on will drafting when I had to draft my first will during my traineeship to recalling the advice of my Criminal Court Practice Tutor (a practising advocate himself) when I prosecuted my first trial as a qualified Procurator Fiscal Depute; the course was an essential step in taking me from being an LLB student to being a practising solicitor.

Read more profiles on our Alumni pages.