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.

Open Day 2018

We will be hosting an Open Day for prospective students of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice on 23 February.

Find out more about the Open Day

Applications for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice 2018 entry will open on Friday, 23 February.

Why choose the Diploma at ECPLS?

Edinburgh Law School is ranked as the top Law School in Scotland, in the top 10 in the UK and top 30 in the world.
Our Diploma is acknowledged by students and firms as providing a second-to-none preparation for a legal career in Scotland.
Employability prospects are excellent. More than 83% of our 2015-16 students have obtained a traineeship since graduating.  A further 10-12% are in legally related roles.
You will have access to the University’s excellent careers service, including bespoke legal careers advice.
The Diploma teaching team has substantial experience in the legal field, and all our tutors are – or have been – solicitors, advocates and other legal professionals.
You will have the unique opportunity to deliver a plea in mitigation before a Sheriff in Edinburgh Sheriff Court and to participate in a tender, in which you will work collaboratively to tender and pitch for legal work.
You will get hands on experience through working with our Free Legal Advice Centre.
The programme is rigorous, with significant contact hours, helping you make a smooth transition into practice.
You will be part of a strong community that not only works hard, but has fun doing so.
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