Modules


University of Stirling Graduate Diplomas and Certificates in Law are the only university-awarded qualifications providing paralegal training in Scotland. Their detail and depth is unsurpassed. They include the following modules at ordinary degree-level (30 SCQF credits each). 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

Diploma in Law and Certificate in Law (Civil Litigation)

Civil Litigation 1 Module

Commencing civil proceedings and alternatives thereto; jurisdiction; precognition; law of evidence; contract; delict; debt; small claim procedure; drafting precognition for personal injury claim, small claim form, copy form, certificate of execution, minute and incidental application.

Civil Litigation 2 Module

Summary cause actions and procedure; ordinary cause procedure; sheriff court personal injury procedure; expenses; taxation; legal aid rules/procedure; human rights; completing court documentation including defences; and drafting initial writ in personal injury case.

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Diploma in Law and Certificate in Law (Criminal Litigation)

Criminal Litigation 1 Module

The courts; client interview; direct measures; summary procedure; court diets; appeals; drafting documentation including witness precognition, statement of facts, witness citation and minute of admissions.

Criminal Litigation 2 Module

Solemn procedure; code of conduct; VIPER parades; devolution issues; defence practice; role of prosecution; criminal law; legal aid rules/procedure and completing applications including Advice & Assistance/ABWOR online.

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Diploma in Law and Certificate in Law (Conveyancing)

Conveyancing 1 Module

Contract and detailed content of Scottish Standard Clauses; obligations of buyer and seller; relevant aspects of property law; layout of deeds; matters affecting title; noting land registration title; warrandice; drafting letter accompanying offer and qualified acceptance.

Conveyancing 2 Module

The residential conveyancing transaction; documentation; using IT; noting Sasine title; searches; registration; preparing report on title; leases; drafting documentation including disposition, standard security, Application for Registration, advance notice etc.

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Diploma in Law and Certificate in Law (Debt Recovery)

Debt Recovery 1 Module

Debt collection; law of debt; interest; consumer credit; diligence on the dependence; small claim procedure; summary cause procedure; drafting small claim and summary cause summonses.

Debt Recovery 2 Module

Ordinary cause procedure; law of evidence; drafting court documentation; Debt Arrangement Scheme; trust deeds; sequestration; insolvency; winding-up petition; drafting initial writ, motion and petition for sequestration of debtor.

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Diploma in Law and Certificate in Law (Wills & Executries)

Wills & Executries 1 Module

Wills; instructions; progressing executry; C5 return; drafting documentation including a will, petition for executor dative and application for confirmation; and trusts.

Wills & Executries 2 Module

Law of succession; accounting in executries; tax and calculations; powers of attorney; guardianship; drafting account; and distribution calculations for beneficiaries.

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Diploma in Law (Criminal Litigation) or (Conveyancing) or (Debt Recovery) or (Wills & Executires) or (Licensing)

Paralegal Practice 1 Module

Role of professional bodies; paralegals; solicitors; codes of conduct; ethical duties; professional misconduct and negligence; professional obligations; terms of business; instructions; and client relations.

Paralegal Practice 2 Module

Using office hardware; technology; managing information; communicating orally and in writing; risks of carelessness; conducting interviews and negotiations; advocacy; and making a presentation of a negotiating position.

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