Diploma in Professional Legal Practice

The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, delivered by the Edinburgh Centre for Professional Legal Studies (ECPLS), will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need to embark on your legal career with confidence.

Applications to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice for 2018/19 entry are now closed.

Find out how to apply

Why choose the Diploma at Edinburgh?

The University of Edinburgh's Law School is ranked as the top University in Scotland, in the top 10 in the UK and top 25 in the world for law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018: Law).
Our Diploma is acknowledged by the profession as providing a second-to-none preparation for a legal career in Scotland and this is reflected in our graduate employability propsects.
The Diploma teaching team have substantial experience as solicitors, advocates and other legal professions.

Opportunities on the diploma include:

- a unique chance to deliver a plea in mitigation before a Sheriff in Edinburgh Sheriff Court;
- participation in a group tender exercise, working collaboratively to tender for work from a real client; and
- hands-on experience through working with our Free Legal Advice Centre. 

The programme is rigorous, with significant contact hours within a strong community, in a dedicated teaching space, and provides students with a smooth transition into practice.
The connections and friendships you form will provide an invaluable network when you join the professional world.

Key Information

  • Core Courses

    Details of the core courses on the Diploma and the course tutors.
  • Practical Electives

    Details of the electives open to you on the Diploma.
  • How to apply

    Important information about how to apply for the Diploma and entry requirements.
  • Fees and Funding

    Information about tuition fees for the Diploma and potential sources of funding.
  • Contact Information


    Contact Details

    Edinburgh Centre for
    Professional Legal Studies

    Edinburgh Law School
    9 B Holyrood Road
    EH8 8FQ

    Phone: 0131 651 4254
    or 0131 650 2004
    or 0131 650 9477

    Email: ecpls@ed.ac.uk

    Map of ECPLS Location