Diploma Professional Legal Practice






Course code: UG-PIP-D


Diploma: 9 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Via submission of assignments – No exams
Delivery mode:
Online and On Campus
Easy payment plans available with no charges.


Diploma Professional Legal Practice

The programme aims to develop pro-active decision makers, managers and leaders for a variety of careers in business sectors in a Newcastle context.

Why this course?


The diploma qualification is essential for entry to both the solicitors’ and advocates’ branches of the profession. It meets the requirements of the Law Society of Scotland’s Professional Education and Training Stage 1.

The diploma is a vocational course. You’ll learn the ethical rules, practical knowledge and personal skills required of lawyers in Scotland.

We train you to be a practising lawyer. You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of legal principles and an appreciation of the practical context in which they’re applied.

We place great importance on preparing you for what really happens in legal practice by giving you hands-on experience in an office environment. We also use realistic simulations to recreate situations you’ll experience in your work.

As a graduate you’ll be well equipped for the job market in the legal profession or in other fields.

The diploma is offered over one year full-time or two years part-time


Key facts about Diploma Professional Legal Practice


100% Online: Learn with the UK’s leading online course provider.
Global programme: Study anywhere, anytime on your laptop, phone or tablet.
Study material: Comprehensive study materials and e-library support.
Payment plans: Interest free payment plans available.


Why choose Newcastle ?


Advance your career: 74% say their qualification played a vital role in their career advancement.
Increase your salary: 78% increase their earning potential within a year.
Enhance your credibility: The qualification is fully accredited and recognised and add values to your educational profile.



The programme is available in two duration modes:
9 Months Full Time
24 Months Part Time

Entry Requirements

LLB degree (or equivalent) which meets the requirements and outcomes of the Law Society of Scotland’s foundation programme.

Course Content

  Compulsory subjects:

  • Professional Practice & Ethics
  • Business & Financial Awareness
  • Conveyancing
  • Private Client
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Personal Injury Claims Handling


Plus a choice of five from the following electives:

  • Advanced Criminal Advocacy
  • Advanced Private Client
  • Business Accounting for Legal Professionals
  • Commercial Contracts & IP
  • Commercial Conveyancing
  • Company Law
  • Employment Law in Practice
  • Family Business
  • Family Law
  • Mediation & Mediation Advocacy
  • Practical Public Administration
  • Work-Based Learning Module in Legal Practice


Full-time students

There is a full-time all-week induction course of skills training in the first week of semester one. There is a further dedicated full-time skills training period in week one of semester two. Teaching of the core classes during the rest of semester one is mostly from Tuesday to Thursday each week. In semester two, teaching may take place from Monday to Thursday depending on the elective classes selected.


Part-time students

There is the full-time all-week induction course in week one of semester one and the same full-time skills training period in semester two as for the full-time students. Teaching takes place during semester one primarily from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday to Thursday. During semester two, teaching may take place from Monday to Thursday depending on the elective classes selected.

  • Part-time draft timetable Year 1
  • Part-time draft timetable Year 2


Learning & teaching

You’re assigned to firms of four at the start of the course. Most of the teaching and learning is done in your firms. Teaching and supervision is provided by practising solicitors, who have been trained as course tutors.

In addition to learning legal subjects, you’ll also develop generic skills which you’ll require for your professional life including:

  • problem solving
  • oral & written presentations
  • interviewing
  • negotiating


Our virtual community & learning environment

The background to much of our practical work is the ‘virtual’ community of Ardcalloch. Ardcalloch is a town we’ve created. A wide variety of events take place in the town which give rise to legal issues of one kind or another for its citizens. This initiative has a world-wide reputation in legal education.

All these activities are conducted on and supported by the SIMPLE (Simulated Professional Learning Environment) IT process. This allows student firms to interact with clients, fellow firms and other simulated characters throughout a real transaction.

We have standardised clients who are specially trained ‘clients’ who assess and give feedback to you on your performance of legal skills.

Most of our electives involve active participation such as:

  • students conducting Employment Tribunal hearings before real Tribunal judges
  • conducting a criminal trial in the Sheriff Court
  • having client meetings in the negotiation of family disputes

One of the most positive aspects of the course is the opportunity provided to meet both fellow students and tutors. They’ll become fellow practitioners, and your paths will cross regularly during your working life in this relatively small legal jurisdiction.


The assessment is done via submission of assignment. There are no written exams.

Course fee

The fee for the programme is as follows:
6 months – GBP £1570 
9 months – GBP £1270

Payment plans

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • £7,500

Rest of UK

  • £7,500
  • £15,700
Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice. This includes online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. 

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience.


  • barrister 
  • barrister’s clerk
  • chartered legal executive (England and Wales)
  • company secretary
  • detective
  • licensed conveyancer
  • paralegal
  • solicitor
  • advice worker
  • chartered accountant
  • civil service administrator
  • data analyst/scientist
  • forensic computer analyst
  • patent attorney
  • trading standards office
Skills for career development

This qualification will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the legal system of England and Wales and a range of legal and other skills, including being able to identify legal issues and apply legal principles and developing your time management and self-motivation abilities.


Career relevance

This qualification could count towards part completion of the academic stage of legal training as recognised by the Higher Learning Commission. It is necessary to complete further undergraduate legal studies successfully and meet all other requirements of the HLC in order satisfactorily to complete the academic stage of training.

If you want to become a solicitor or barrister, you’ll need to complete the full Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB) qualification within six years.


Other careers

A law degree is a gateway to a career as a solicitor or barrister, but it’s not the only path you can choose. Many options are available to you beyond the legal profession, including Company secretary, Detective, Advice worker, or Human resources officer.


Newcastle Law School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is registerd with UK government.

How to apply ?

Simply follow the steps given below to enrol:
1. Fill enrolment form on-line at https://nclaws.org/apply-now/
(This can be paid online using credit or debit card)