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Learning and assessment

For the 2021-22 academic year our teaching model will depend on Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time. Based on the information currently available to us, we expect that you will be with us in Edinburgh for the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

We expect that some physical distancing measures are very likely to still apply when the academic year starts in September 2021, and currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching.

It is our intention to deliver as much small group teaching as possible, such workshops, in-person and on campus subject to the Covid-19 situation and Scottish Government guidelines. It is anticipated that large class sizes are likely to be the most significantly impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. Therefore, large group teaching, such as lectures, are the most likely form of teaching activity to be delivered digitally.

We will continue to monitor government guidance on Covid-19 prevention measures and will adjust our 2021-22 plans in response to any relevant changes, providing you with regular updates on what to expect.

The following information is based on our normal campus-based teaching model.

Students in a seminar

At Edinburgh Law School, we encourage an interactive approach to learning. Not only do you learn from our academic and professional teaching staff, but you develop your learning through discussion and collaboration with your fellow students. You will learn in a range of different formats and approaches during your programme, depending on the subject matter and skills-focus of each course.

Our normal approach to teaching

Ordinarily, our Diploma students would attend on campus for lectures as well as weekly workshops in each of their courses. Students are expected to attend all workshops fully prepared – having completed any advance reading and/or activities beforehand. Preparing effectively allows you to engage fully and make the most of your workshops. Workshops are delivered by experienced practitioners and, as such, are a great opportunity for you to develop core practice skills which you will need for your future legal career.


We use a range of assessment formats on the Diploma, to suit the content of the individual courses. Our assessment model is based around a principle of ‘continuous assessment’, with marks assigned for performance in workshops as well as assignments completed throughout the duration of each course. In addition, some courses also include assessment by way of a ‘modified open folder’ examination, in which students can refer to permitted materials.

Teaching staff

Our Diploma tutor team is made up of experienced practitioners, providing practical insights into the skills-focused courses they teach.

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If you have any questions about our approach to teaching for the next academic year please don't hesitate to contact us at