Scottish law students

To train as a solicitor in England and Wales, students who have completed their undergraduate law degree at a Scottish university are required by the SRA to complete certain modules from the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course before beginning the Legal Practice Course (LPC). You are therefore considered to be non-law students for our application purposes.

GDL

As the content of Scottish law degrees varies, the SRA reviews each case individually to reach a decision regarding which GDL modules need to be completed. Usually, at least two modules, Land and Equity & Trusts, need to be taken. However, in some cases, students are also required to study the Tort and Criminal Law modules.

Although students normally have to study for these extra modules over a full academic year, it is possible, and common, to opt for distance/online learning. Studying for these extra modules is equivalent to completing a part-time course, so most students also work during this year. BPP Law School offers a distance learning option for the GDL modules. All tutorials and seminars are recorded and posted online.

If you secure a training contract with us, we will pay your GDL fees in addition to a maintenance grant to help towards living costs during this year.


LPC

All trainees in England and Wales are also required to complete the LPC before starting their training contract. Slaughter and May is part of a consortium of firms that have developed an Accelerated LPC. The Accelerated LPC is studied over a period of approximately 7½ months (as opposed to the traditional course length of 10 months). Students opting to convert to English law could therefore start their training contract only six months later than those who decide to practise in Scotland.

Financial support is also available for the LPC – we will pay your fees for this course and also award a maintenance grant for the year.

When to apply

Scottish law students can apply for a training contract with us from June of their penultimate year of study.

We will begin accepting applications for our 2019 intake on 1 June 2016 for those planning to follow this timeline:

  • Autumn 2016 – begin final year of degree course
  • Autumn 2017 – begin GDL studies on a part-time basis by long distance – learning
  • Autumn 2018 – begin 7½ month LPC course in London
  • February/March 2019 – begin training contract