Diploma in Professional Legal Practice

Diploma in Professional Legal Practice

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How to Apply: 

  • Applications for the DPLP will open on Friday 8th March 2024 with a closing date of Friday 10th May 2024 at 12noon.
  • Students may apply to two of the six institutions but may only accept an offer from one. Any student who accepts more than one offer will have all offers withdrawn.
  • Aberdeen will offer 110 places on the DPLP in 2024/2025.
  • Complete the DPLP application form. Please name your application using the format: “DPLP 24-25 Last Name, First Name” and complete it prior to your online application through PGAP.
  • Complete an online application form through PGAP and upload your completed DPLP Application Form and LLB Transcript (If you have one). Please upload your DPLP Application Form in place of a personal statement (Please note we do not require a personal statement, CV, work experience, or references from you).
  • Any questions regarding applications to the University of Aberdeen may be sent to DPLP-Enquiries@abdn.ac.uk and we will be in touch.

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Entry Requirements:*

*Please note the the information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen University graduates must have passes in the following:

  • Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Foundations of Private Law
  • Contract
  • UK Constitutional Law
  • Delict and Unjustified Enrichment
  • EU Institutions & Law
  • The Law of Property
  • Family Law
  • Commercial Organisations & Insolvency
  • Succession and Trusts
  • Administrative Law and Civil Liberties
  • Introduction to Legal Theory
  • Evidence
  • Commercial and Consumer Contracts

Less recent graduates of the University of Aberdeen, graduates of other institutions and those who have taken the Law Society of Scotland Exams as a pre-Diploma trainee, should produce evidence of passes in equivalent areas.

Admission will be based on and take consideration of:

  • Overall class of undergraduate degree
  • Marks obtained in the Law Society’s professional subjects at first sitting
  • Overall number of subjects not achieved at undergraduate level
  • Any other qualifications (undergraduate and/or postgraduate)
  • Special circumstances
  • Possession of a traineeship