Postgraduate study

Choosing a taught programme

A postgraduate diploma helped Finlay, from Scotland, learn the professional skills needed to succeed in his chosen career.

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The natural next step

I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in law. The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is a necessary qualification if you want to qualify as a solicitor in Scotland.

Demanding, but rewarding

When I was deciding where to go, I ranked each of the options and Edinburgh was my top choice. The emphasis of my programme is on the ethical rules, practical knowledge and personal skills required of lawyers in Scotland.

Edinburgh has a reputation for this degree being the most demanding, but I also thought it would be the most rewarding.

Learning and development

Before starting the programme, I knew I possessed strong competencies in a few key areas and I’ve definitely developed all of these skills on the course.

If you haven’t developed some of these skills, I wouldn’t let that put you off. As long as you have a willingness to learn, then you’re the right fit for Edinburgh.

Half way into my programme, I have great confidence that I made the right choice. A key test is that I’m enjoying myself. I genuinely look forward to what I have going on each day.

Once you reach postgraduate level, there are certain expectations. You need to communicate and work well with others, you need to be organised and carefully manage your deadlines, you need to express your own views, have strong analytical skills, and to show leadership when required.

Finlay FraserDiploma in Legal Practice

Finlay is about to start work as a trainee solicitor with Pinsent Masons.

Choosing a postgraduate degree

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Choosing a postgraduate degree