Key Facts


The University of Stirling Graduate Diploma in Law (120 SCQF credits):

  • Is the ultimate paralegal qualification - a Scots Law Diploma of the University of Stirling, preparing you for a career in the Registered Paralegal profession.
  • It is the only qualification in Scotland aligned with the Additional Competencies and General Competencies (legal and general professional matters) required for "sign off" as a Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal, thus preparing you for that role.
  • It qualifies you for entry to the Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal scheme.
  • It involves 16 months of distance learning study.

The University of Stirling Graduate Certificate in Law (60 SCQF credits):

  • It provides 50% credit towards a Graduate Diploma in Law.
  • Is aligned with the Additional Competencies (specialist legal skills and knowledge) required for "sign off" as a Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal.
  • It qualifies you for entry to the Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal scheme.
  • It involves 8 months of distance learning study.
  • From March, 2017, no new students are being recruited but existing students are being provided for. Certificate students and graduates can upgrade to a Diploma for a limited period – contact Scotia for full details. The final graduation ceremony is scheduled for November, 2018

The Qualifications:

  • The University of Stirling Graduate Diploma in Law and Graduate in Law are the only university-awarded qualifications+ providing paralegal training in Scotland.
  • You can depend upon the content and quality of the learning, because the university are granting the qualifications in their name, under their royal charter: see a specimen certificate here.
  • As they are university accredited qualifications, you will gain credit equivalent to either one whole (Diploma) or one half (Certificate) of a third year of a university degree.
  • You will graduate at Stirling University alongside the full-time graduates of the university.
  • You can choose a specialism from: Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Debt Recovery, Conveyancing or Wills & Executries.

+ Not to be confused with company-awarded qualifications associated with a university.