Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Conveyancing (DPLP) LAW5012

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

A core course on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice to equip students with the professional skills necessary for practising conveyancing in Scotland.


 5 x 1 hour lectures

 4 x E-Modules

10 x 2 hour tutorials

Requirements of Entry

LLB Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses






1. Tutorial Preparation, Participation and Performance 25%

2 Report on Title 25%

3 Qualified Acceptance 25%

4. Online Knowledge Quiz 25%


Not available for re-assessment

1. Tutorial Preparation, Participation and Performance

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are;

■ To provide students with a thorough grounding in the essentials of a conveyancing transaction with reference to domestic properties.

■ To apply the knowledge which has been learnt during the undergraduate years to practical conveyancing situations.

■ To develop drafting skills in relation to basic conveyancing documents including missives and dispositions and leases.

■ To apply a range of techniques and practices to ensure proper and meaningful communication with clients and other parties.

■ To equip students to deal with complex ethical and professional issues which may arise in the course of a conveyancing transaction.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to:


■ Understand the process of a conveyancing transaction and demonstrate a critical understanding of the major theoretical principles of conveyancing and property law as they apply to practical situations in a variety of professional level contexts.


■ Apply the law in relation to missives and be able to demonstrate the application of legal knowledge by drafting missive letters to the point of conclusion of the contract, dispositions and other documents.


■ Demonstrate effective communication skills including being able to examine and report on title to clients in relation to both first registration transactions and dealings thereafter.


■ Demonstrate an understanding of various tax implications in conveyancing transactions including Land & Buildings Transaction Tax, VAT, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax.


■ Understand the effects of various statutes on conveyancing practice such as the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 2013, Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981, The Civil Partnership Act 2004, The Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 and The Requirements of Writing (Scotland) Act 1995


■ Demonstrate an understanding of non sale/purchase transactions such as secure lending and residential and commercial leasing.


■ Demonstrate an ability to deal with ethical and professional issues which may arise in the context of a conveyancing transaction.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Credit will be refused if a student fails to attend a tutorial without good cause.


Completion of all assessments is compulsory. Credit will be refused in the event of failure, without good cause or an authorised short extension, to complete any assessment within the specified deadline.


The requirements for the award of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice are 120 credits:


(a) candidates to achieve a grade D or better in all courses.

(b) candidates to achieve a grade D or better in each component part of each course.