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The Diploma in Legal Practice is a one year postgraduate course which is primarily designed to provide a link between the academic undergraduate LLB (Honours) degree and the two year period of practical training in a solicitor?s office which most graduates require to complete in order to become a fully qualified solicitor or advocate in Scotland. The course meets the requirements of the Law Society of Scotland (LSS) for accreditation as a Professional Education and Training 1 (PEAT 1) course. This course is designed to encourage the application of law to practical situations and to allow you to develop skills required to progress to a legal traineeship (PEAT2). The emphasis of this course is on the development of professional skills such as advocacy, negotiation and client counselling skills in a small group environment. You will learn to appreciate the ethical and business issues involved in legal practice. Teaching is, in the main, carried out by practising solicitors and other professionals such as financial advisors. We also organise visits from the LSS and other topical guest speakers. You will gain practical skills through the use of small group tutorials and workshops with the aim of replicating the working environment. You will also develop advocacy skills through use of our Moot Court and are encouraged to visit the local courts as often as possible. To further support replicating the professional workplace, the materials used throughout the course will mimic those encountered in legal practice. Applications must be made by the end of March each year for the September start date. The appropriate forms should be requested from the university from which you obtained or will obtain your LLB even if you wish to study for the Diploma at Robert Gordon University. If you are currently engaged on a pre-Diploma Training Contract and sitting the professional qualifying exams through the Law Society of Scotland you should apply directly to your first choice Diploma provider. If you are an LLB student at Robert Gordon University, forms can be obtained from the Course Leader.

The Diploma in Legal Practice is a one year postgraduate course which is primarily designed to provide a link between the academic undergraduate LLB (Honours) degree and the two year period of practical training in a solicitor?s office which most graduates require to complete in order to become a fully qualified solicitor or advocate in Scotland. The course meets the requirements of the Law...

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