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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. We currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for the academic year starting in September 2021, but we will provide you with regular updates on what to expect throughout the application process.

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.

Contact us

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