Diploma in Professional Legal Practice

DPLP Director

Dr Susan Stokeld


DPLP Brochure

Our new DPLP Brochure for 2016/2017 is now available to view online

The School of Law at the University of Aberdeen has time-honoured foundations that go back to 1495. It is one of the four ancient universities of Scotland.

In order to practice law and become enrolled as a solicitor in Scotland you will need to gain your Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. Aberdeen Law School is proudly committed to providing the Diploma and we believe it is a vital springboard to the rest of your career and one that you want future employers to see as a strong choice. 

Building on our strong links with the legal profession, we see the Diploma as the crucial bridge from your law degree to the world of practice. We are totally committed to making sure that all our students leave Aberdeen completely ‘fit for purpose’ as a legal trainee, ready to rise to the challenges of practice from day one. We are supported by our many alumni who are committed to sharing their wreath of experience and knowledge with you.

Our students derived real benefit from working in a close and sharing learning environment and we work hard to nurture a strong collegiate spirit that helps everyone bond quickly and learn fast.  At Aberdeen we add other learning activities designed to expose you to the real world of practice and to bring the courses to life and add substance to your learning. We complement teaching with a range of presentations and workshops from guest speakers and our students get opportunities to meet business leaders and key players who can pass on valuable insights about the real world of professional practice.

In the Times Good University Guide 2014, the Aberdeen Law School ranked an impressive 12th out of more than 90 law schools. We also achieved a student satisfaction rate of 95%. Moreover we ranked in the top 5 for graduate prospects with more than 85% of our DPLP graduates securing traineeships in practice.

Our aim is to equip you with the confidence, skills and knowledge for the challenges as you start work in legal practice.

Dr Susan Stokeld
Director of Diploma in Professional Legal Practice