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Course Overview

This course is a practical adjunct to the provision of pro bono publico ("for the public good") legal advice by DPLP students. It builds on voluntary activity already undertaken by students by encouraging them to reflect on those experiences and engage with work on a quasi-professional level to allow them to prepare a portfolio to showcase their live-client or outreach work for Aberdeen Law Project or another pro bono publico project approved by the course co-ordinator. This course can only be taken by students who volunteer for the Aberdeen Law Project or another initiative approved by the course co-ordinator during the first semester of the DPLP.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mr Malcolm Combe

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Diploma in Professional Legal Practice or Dip In Professional Legal Practice

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will channel skilled students into the provision of practical and useful pro bono publico (for the public good) legal advice, for their own benefit and for the benefit of the wider community. It will draw on the skills learnt in a Scots law undergraduate LLB and the first semester of the Aberdeen DPLP and tailor that to:

specific so-called "poverty law" services where access to justice problems might be evident; and

outreach work, including public legal education and work with other third-sector and charity organisations.

In engaging with those activities, students will build up a portfolio of work that will be shared with classmates and other Aberdeen Law Project volunteers. If a student, for whatever reason, fails to build up a portfolio through practical experience, the portfolio can be augmented by case-studies, specific tasks or simulated activities.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Portfolio, including the chance to submit a work in progress portfolio in week 6 (100%).

Resit: where students fail to produce a portfolio, they will be required to provide a case study or other alternative task which demonstrates a commitment to pro bono work. If they fail any simulated element that might be introduced, an alternative resit simulation will be provided.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Students will be able to submit a “work-in-progress” portfolio in week 6 of semester 2, receiving a diagnostic mark and written feedback at this stage.

Course Learning Outcomes


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