‌Our Trainee CPD (TCPD) programme is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. It allows legal trainees to work towards achievement and demonstration of the PEAT 2 prescribed Learning Outcomes.

  • CPD: individual courses; 40 and 60 hour packages

Why this course

  • We provide innovative CPD courses which are developed Law Society of Scotland - Approved TCPD Provider logoby practitioners, created specifically for trainees, and delivered by trained subject experts.
  • Our programmes are designed to suit your individual preferences and to reflect the changing needs of your clients and the legal marketplace.
  • Please note the recent statement issued by the Law Society of Scotland in regards to Changes to Trainee CPD requirements due to COVID-19
  • Individual courses

    All of our courses can be taken and paid for individually. For the individual pricing, please select the relevant course below. If you are planning to take multiple courses, we recommend one of our trainee packages.

    Trainee packages

    We offer two trainee packages designed to help you and your employer get the best value from your investment:

    • Option 1: 40 accredited hours which trainees are required to complete by the Law Society of Scotland over the 2 year period of traineeship; or
    • Option 2: 60 accredited hours which covers the total hours required by the Law Society of Scotland over the 2 year period of traineeship.

    Option 1 - 40 accredited hours of Trainee CPD

    This package allows you to source a total of 40 accredited TCPD hours from our list of courses, enabling you to choose the most relevant courses to your stage and area of practice as you progress through your traineeship. For example, you may wish in the first year to concentrate on core skills, such as team working or technical skills such as advocacy.

    The fee for this option is £1,200 (VAT is not applicable).

    Option 2 - 60 accredited hours of Trainee CPD

    This package allows you to source a total of 60 accredited TCPD hours from our list of courses, enabling you to choose the most relevant courses to your stage and area of practice as you progress through your traineeship.  For example, you may wish in the first year to concentrate on core skills, such as team working or technical skills such as advocacy.

    The fee for this option is £1,800 (VAT is not applicable). 

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    Law Society of Scotland Requirements

    Over the course of a traineeship, you are required to undertake a minimum of 60 hours of TCPD:

    • A minimum of 40 hours of the minimum 60 hours must come from an authorised provider.
    • Between months nine and 15 of a traineeship, you are required to undertake the mandatory ethics course. This is the only mandatory element of TCPD and must be of at least four hours' training and come from an authorised provider.
    • The Society would expect that a minimum of 30 hours of TCPD should normally have been undertaken by month 15 of the traineeship but this is not a requirement.
    • Trainees should note that, should they wish to be admitted as a solicitor after the first year of their training contact has been completed, they will require to have completed a minimum of 20 hours of TCPD.

    Further information on traineeships can be found on the Law Society of Scotland's 'Qualifying and education' webpages.

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    Cancellation Policy

    We require 48 hours notice of cancellation for all TCPD courses.

    In the event of cancellation less than 48 hours in advance of a course, delegates will have the 'accredited hours' applicable to that course deducted from their package.  Similarly if a class has been booked and the delegate does not turn up.

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Course structure

Courses can be chosen from any of the courses listed below.  The timetable is subject to change.  If less than four participants register for one course, we reserve the right to cancel that course.

Courses listed by core skills

Our core skills courses are an excellent way to build a strong foundation for practising law.

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Business, Commercial, Financial & Practice Awareness 

Dates:

Part 1 - Thursday 7th April 2022

Part 2 - Thursday 14th April 2022

Please contact law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk if you are interested in this course.

Time 18.00 - 20.00
Training Hours: 4 hours (plus 1 hour individual preparation time - 5 hours in total)
Venue: Online
Course Synopsis:
  • Understand the changes occurring in the legal services sector in the UK in relation to business structures and delivery models
  • Recognise the opportunities that these changes may create for your firm
  • Identify the opportunities that these changes may create for your career
Target Audience: Trainees
Delivered by:

Stephen Vallance, Solicitor and Business Consultant

Stephen Vallance, having run his own practice for 25 years, now has a diverse work portfolio that includes, amongst other things, Legal Sector Development Solicitor at Connect2law (Harper Macleod).  He is also a co-founder of an online legal services business, Legalbot.  He has produced and presented seminars on various management topics for the Law Society of Scotland and is a Founder and Chairman (for 4 years) of the Live@Troon Music Festival.  He tutors in Private Client, PCC and BEFPA at the University of Glasgow as well as teaching on the TCPD programme.

Cost:

£175 (no VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.

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Ethics - PEAT 2 Mandatory element

Please note, you must attend the mandatory ethics course between months 9 and 15 of your traineeship. 

Ethics Mandatory (evening class)

Dates:

Part 1 – Tuesday March 1st 2022

Part 2 – Wednesday March 2nd 2022

Part 1 - Tuesday 31st May 2022

Part 2 - Wednesday 1st June 2022

Part 1 - Tuesday 21st June 2022

Part 2 - Wednesday 22nd June 2022

If you are interested in this course, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk.

Time: 18.00-20.00
Training Hours: 4 hours over 2 sessions (4 hours in total)
Venue: Online

Course Synopsis:

 

  • Problem based sessions covering a range of practice areas
  • Confidentiality
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Money Laundering
Target Audience: Trainees
Delivered by:

John Mackie, Solicitor

John Mackie is a Partner at PRG Partnership Solicitors. John practises in many areas of the law but has a particular interest in entertainment, media and intellectual property law as well as claims based on contract and professional negligence. He acts for a number of high profile clients involved in the entertainment industry as well as from the worlds of construction and commerce. He also maintains a successful private client practice at the firm’s head office in Glasgow and at our branch office in Erskine. He is also a tutor for the University of Glasgow's Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.

Cost:

£150 (no VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.

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Negotiation Skills & Client Interview Skills

Date:

Part 1: Introduction to Interviewing - Tuesday 7th December 2021

Part 2: Introduction to Negotiation - Wednesday 8th December 2021

Part 3: Interviewing Role Play - Tuesday 14th December 2021

Part 4: Negotiation Role Play - Wednesday 15th December 2021

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Part 1: Introduction to Interviewing - Tuesday 19th April 2022

Part 2: Introduction to Negoriation - Wednesday 20th April 2022

Part 3: Interviewing Role Play - Tuesday 26th April 2022

Part 4: Negoriation Role Play - Tuesday 27th April 2022

If you are interested in this course, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk.

Time: 18.00-20.00
Training Hours: 8 hours over 4 sessions (plus 2 hours preparation time - 10 hours in total)
Venue: School of Law, University of Glasgow
Course Synopsis:
  • Preparation for  negotiation
  • Undertaking a model negotiation
  • Consideration of different negotiating styles
  • How to interview a client
  • How to obtain all relevant information from your client
  • How to build a relationship with your client
Target Audience: Trainees and newly qualified lawyers
Delivered by: Kerry Trewern, Director, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice & Rhona McNair, Deputy Director, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, University of Glasgow
Cost:

£350 (no VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.

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Team Working & Delegation with Confident Presentations & Networking

Dates:

Part 1 - Team Work 1 - Tuesday 18th January 2022
Part 2 - Presentation Skills 1 - Wednesday 19th January 2022
Part 3 - Team Work 2 - Tuesday 25th January 2022
Part 4 - Presentation Skills 2 - Wednesday 26th January 2022

If you are interested in this course, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk.

Time: 18.00-20.00
Training Hours: 8 hours over 4 sessions (plus 2 hour individual preparation time - 10 accredited hours in total)
Venue: Online
Course Synopsis:
  • Identify your personal and professional strengths
  • Understand the dynamics of successful teams
  • Be able to influence other stakeholders
  • Receive and give constructive criticism
  • Tackle conflict and build shared responsibility
  • Gain support from other people
  • Build on your communication skills and strengths
  • Manage formality and informality
  • Be able to get your message across
  • Deal with challenging audiences
  • Develop and display fluency and confidence
  • Maximise and practice your personal impact
Target Audience: Trainees
Delivered by:

Stephen Vallance, Solicitor and Business Consultant

Stephen Vallance, having run his own practice for 25 years, now has a diverse work portfolio that includes, amongst other things, Legal Sector Development Solicitor at Connect2law (Harper Macleod).  He is also co-founder of an online legal services business, Legalbot.  He has produced and presented seminars on various management topics for the Law Society of Scotland and is a Founder and Chairman (for 4 years) of the Live@Troon Music Festival.  He tutors in Private Client, PCC and BEFPA at the University of Glasgow as well as teaching on the TCPD programme.

Cost:

£350 (no VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.

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Time Management & Prioritisation

Date:

Tuesday 5th April 2022

Please contact law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk if you are interested in this course.

Time: 18.00-20.00
Training Hours: 2 hour session (2 hours in total)
Venue: Online
Course Synopsis:
  • Utilise appropriate techniques to ensure timeous completion of tasks
  • Appreciate the need to utilise time as a scarce resource
  • Understand how to prioritise tasks
Target Audience: Trainees and qualified lawyers
Delivered by:

Stephen Vallance, Solicitor and Business Consultant

Stephen Vallance, having run his own practice for 25 years, now has a diverse work portfolio that includes, amongst other things, Legal Sector Development Solicitor at Connect2law (Harper Macleod).  He is also co-founder of an online legal services business, Legalbot.  He has produced and presented seminars on various management topics for the Law Society of Scotland and is a Founder and Chairman (for 4 years) of the Live@Troon Music Festival.  He tutors in Private Client, PCC and BEFPA at the University of Glasgow as well as teaching on the TCPD programme.

Cost:

£70 (No VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.

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Courses listed by technical skills

Our technical courses are taught wholly or partially in our mock courtroom to give trainees a taste of what it's like to be in court.

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Advocacy Skills for Courts & Tribunals

Dates:

 

We are considering how best to run Advocacy Skills for Courts and Tribunals, given its practical nature.  We are hopeful that we will be able to deliver this course either online or in person and are currently investigating the logistics.  More information will follow.

If you are interested in taking this course at a future time, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk.

Time: tbc
Training Hours: 8 hours over 4 sessions (plus 2 hours individual preparation time) - 10 accredited hours total
Venue: tbc

Course Synopsis:

  • Using oral advocacy skills
  • Preparing and organising for a court or tribunal hearing
  • Leading evidence, cross-examining and re-examining witnesses
  • Preparing and formulating legal submissions
Target Audience: Trainees and newly qualified lawyers
Delivered by:

Sheriff Alfred Vannet and Neil Hay, Solicitor-Advocate and Director, MTM Defence Lawyers

Sheriff Alfred Vannet qualified as a solicitor in 1975 and joined the Crown Office in 1976.  In 1984 Sheriff Vannet was appointed Head of the Appeals section in the Crown Office, and was in charge of the Crown Office investigation into the Piper Alpha disaster.  He acted as Solicitor to the Public Inquiry.  He was subsequently appointed Deputy Crown Agent.

Between 1997 and 1999 he was Regional Procurator Fiscal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin.  In 1999 he was appointed as a Sheriff of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, and has sat in Airdrie Sheriff Court since that time.  Although he is now retired from this full-time post as Sheriff at Airdrie, he continues to provide cover as and when required at the request of the Sheriff Principal.

Sheriff Vannet is an Honorary Member of the royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He is a contributing author to Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia: Criminial Procedure; Sheehan & Dickson: Criminal Procedure and Green's Sentencing Practice; Judge tutor for the Judicial Studies Committee.

In 2011, Sheriff Alfred Vannet was made an Honorary Professorial Teaching Fellow by the University of Glasgow, School of Law, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate classes.

Neil Hay is a Solicitor-Advocate specialising in Criminal Law.  He is a Director at MTM Defence Lawyers and a member of Fortis Solicitor-Advocate Chambers.  Legal education is one of Neil's particular interests.  He is a former lecturer in Evidence and former tutor in Criminal Litigation, but now concentrates on CPD for the legal profession. Neil delivers Trainee CPD courses in Court Advocacy and in Criminal Law at the University of Glasgow, School of Law.  He also regularly presents CPD seminars for qualified lawyers in relation to Criminal Law and Evidence.

Cost:

£350 (no VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.  

Advocacy video [mp4]

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Civil Litigation - Practical Aspects

Dates:

 

Part 1 - Tuesday 15th March 2022
Part 2 - Wednesday 16th March 2022
Part 3 - Tuesday 22nd March 2022
Part 4 - Wednesday 23rd March 2022

Please contact law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk if you are interested in this course.

Time: 18.00-20.00
Training Hours: 8 hours over 4 sessions (plus 2 hours preparation time - 10 hours in total)
Venue: Online
Course Synopsis:
  • Taking precognitions
  • Drafting
  • Preparation for proof
  • Civil advocacy
Target Audience: Trainees and newly qualified lawyers
Delivered by:           Gerry McWilliams
Cost:

£350 (no VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.  

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Essential Criminal Law Skills

Dates:

Due to its practical nature, the Essential Criminal Law course will run in person. We are delighted that we are now able to run this course again in accordance with Scottish Government Guidelines on the following dates:

Part 1: Thursday October 28th 

Part 2: Thursday November 4th

Part 3: Thursday November 11th

If you are interested in this course, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk.

Time: 6pm-8pm
Training Hours: 6 hours over 3 sessions (6 hours in total)
Venue: Room 706, Adam Smith Building
Course Synopsis:

Part 1

  • Structure of the court
  • Taking instructions from a client
  • The difference between meeting a client in the office and meeting a client in Custody
  • Interactive meeting with the client role play; interview ‘the client’ and tender a plea in Court
  • The bail application process

Part 2

  • The need for communication and recording, preparing for trial
  • The importance of recording and ‘The Spectre of Anderson’
  • The Steps for Preparation: Crown case and Defence case
  • The Written Record and where it lies in the process
  • The shape and content of the Record
  • The Crown Record, The Defence Record and how they work together
  • Going through the Record
  • Issuing the papers for the Record

Part 3

  • ‘Legal Pot-Luck’ role play: prepare and represent the client at the First Diet
  • Instructing Counsel
  • How to apply for legal aid
Target Audience: Trainees and newly qualified solicitors
Delivered by:

Martin Morrow, Solicitor-Advocate and Director, MTM Defence Lawyers Limited

Martin is a Solicitor Advocate with MTM Defence in Falkirk. He trained in Glasgow from 1986-1988 exclusively in criminal court work before moving to Falkirk. In 1993 he was a founding partner of MTM which is now one of the largest criminal firms in Central Scotland. In 1997 he became the youngest elected member of the Law Society Council and was re-elected thereafter. He has been involved in many test cases, challenging in 1998 the admissibility of interviews of accused conducted out with the presence of a solicitor.

In 1992 he brought a challenge to the validity of the use of the Intoximeter in drink driving cases. In 2006 he qualified as a Solicitor Advocate and has appeared in the High Court and the Appeal Court on charges ranging from murder to drug supply.

Cost:

£210 (no VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.

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Courses listed by specialist expertise

Our specialist courses focus on particular aspects of the law and show both the theoretical and practical side of each area.

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Data Protection & Freedom of Information 

Dates:

Part 1 - Tuesday 15th February 2022
Part 2 - Thursday 17th February 2022
Part 3 - Tuesday 22nd February 2022

Please contact law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk if you are interested in this course.

Time: 18.00-20.00
Training Hours: 6 hours over 3 sessions (plus 4 hours individual preparation time - 10 hours in total)
Venue: Online

Course Synopsis:

Part 1 - An introduction to the Data Protection Act 1998

Part 2 - An introduction to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations.

Part 3 - The interface between Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Target Audience: Trainees, newly qualified lawyers and professionals
Delivered by:

Daradjeet Jagpal, Director and Legal Consultant, Information Law Solutions Limited

Daradjeet Jagpal is Director and Legal Consultant at Information Law Solutions Limited, an independent consultancy providing advisory, training and audit services in Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Direct Marketing laws to private, third and public sector clients across the UK. He has advised clients of all sizes from start-up businesses, well-known commercial brands to UK Government Departments and Scottish Government Directorates.  He was single-handedly responsible for advising the Organising Committee of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Information Law issues associated with the organisation, management, broadcasting and delivery of the Games.    

He is a regular contributor to legal and industry publications and has been asked to comment on developments in Information Law for: LexisNexis; the International Bar Association; Workplace Law Magazine; The Herald and The Scotsman newspapers; Scottish Legal News; Scottish Housing News; Inside Housing; and Third Force News, amongst others.

He has two Masters' level degrees in Information Law (with distinction) and has completed the Information Systems Examinations Board's certificate course in Data Protection Law.

He speaks widely at client and third party events.  In 2010, he was invited by the first Scottish Information Commissioner to address the Commissioner on the scope of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and their possible application to the private sector in Scotland.  His submissions to the Commissioner resulted in the Regulations being extended in application to registered social landlords in Scotland in June 2014.  He has separately been commissioned by the University to write and produce online training videos and associated test questions for University staff on data security matters. 

Cost:

£350 (no VAT applicable)

 If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.  

 

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Family Law

Dates:

Part 1 - Tuesday 3rd May 2022

Part 2 - Wednesday 4th May 2022

Part 3 - Tuesday 10th May 2022

If you are interested in this course, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk

Time: 18.00-20.00
Training Hours: 6 hours over 3 sessions (6 hours in total)
Venue: Online
Course Synopsis: Part 1:  Family mediation.
Parts 2 and 3:  Investigation and collation of information, the preparation of a schedule of matrimonial assets and liabilities, the consideration and negotiation of a scheme of division and the drafting of a Minute of Agreement.
Target Audience: Trainees and newly qualified lawyers
Delivered by:

Nicos Scholarios, Senior Partner, MSM

Nicos Scholarios is the Senior Tutor in Family Law and a Tutor in BEFPA on the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow.  He qualified as a Solicitor in 1983. He is Senior Partner of MSM Solicitors, with offices in Paisley and Glasgow. Nicos is a general practitioner with extensive experience in Family Law and has been an accredited Family Law Mediator since 1995.  He is currently Secretary of CALM, an association of Lawyer Mediators in Scotland.

Cost:

£210 (no VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.

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Human Rights Law

Dates:

Part 1 - Tuesday 17th May 2022

Part 2 - Wednesday 18th May 2022

Part 3 - Tuesday 24th May 2022

Please contact law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk if you are interested in this course.

Time: 18.00-20.00
Training Hours: 6 hours over 3 sessions (6 hours in total)
Venue: Online
Course Synopsis:

Part 1 - Strasbourg and UK Systems

Part 2 - Life, inhuman treatment and liberty

Part 3 - Qualified rights - privacy, religion and expression

Target Audience: Trainees and newly qualified solicitors
Delivered by:

Owen Mullan 

Cost:

£210 (no VAT applicable)

If you have already registered with a trainee package, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve your place on this course.

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CPD Training Calendar

View our calendar to find out when the next courses are taking place.

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Calendar 2022

Tuesday 18th January

Team Working and Delegation with Confident Presentations and Networking - Part 1 (Team Work 1)

Wednesday 19th January

Team Working and Delegation with Confident Presentations and Networking - Part 2 (Confident Presentations and Networking 1) 

Tuesday 25th January

Team Working and Delegation with Confident Presentations and Networking - Part 3 (Team Work 2) 

Wednesday 26th January 

Team Working and Delegation with Confident Presentations and Networking - Part 4 (Confident Presentations and Networking 2) 

Tuesday 1st February

Human Rights Law - Part 1 

Wednesday 2nd February

Human Rights Law - Part 2

Tuesday 8th February

Human Rights Law - Part 3

Tuesday 15th February

Data Protection and Freedom of Information - Part 1 

Thursday 17th February

Data Protection and Freedom of Information - Part 2

Tuesday 22nd February 

Data Protection and Freedom of Information - Part 3 

Tuesday 1st March

Ethics - Part 1

Wednesday 2nd March

Ethics - Part 2

Tuesday 15th March

Civil Litigation - Part 1

Wednesday 16th March

Civil Litigation - Part 2

Tuesday 22nd March

Civil Litigation - Part 3

Wednesday 23rd March

Civil Litigation - Part 4

Tuesday 5th April 

Time Management and Prioritisation 

Thursday 7th April

Business, Commercial, Financial and Practice Awareness - Part 1

Thursday 14th April

Business, Commercial, Financial and Practice Awareness - Part 2 

Tuesday 19th April

Negotiation Skills and Client Interview Skills - Part 1 (Introduction to Interviewing)

Wednesday 20th April

Negotiation Skills and Client Interview Skills - Part 2 (Introduction to Negotiation)

Tuesday 26th April

Negotiation Skills and Client Interview Skills - Part 3 (Interviewing Role Play)

Wednesday 27th April

Negotiation Skills and Client Interview Skills - Part 4 (Negotiation Role Play)

Tuesday 3rd May

Family Law - Part 1

Wednesday 4th May

Family Law - Part 2 

Tuesday 10th May

Family Law - Part 3 

Tuesday 17th May

Human Rights Law - Part 1

Wednesday 18th May

Human Rights Law - Part 2

Tuesday 24th May

Human Rights Law - Part 3

Tuesday 31st May

Ethics - Part 1

Wednesday 1st June

Ethics - Part 2

Tuesday 21st June

Ethics - Part 1

Wednesday 22nd June

Ethics - Part 2

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Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Fees & funding

Fees

  • 40 accredited hours: £1,200
  • 60 accredited hours: £1,800
  • Individual courses: for the price of individual courses, please select the relevant course above

VAT is not applicable.

How to apply

To apply for any individual course(s) or to register for one of our CPD packages, please email law-cpe@glasgow.ac.uk and make sure to include the following information:

  1. Full name and email address
  2. Whether you would like to attend any individual course(s), or if you would like to sign up for one of our CPD packages (please specify whether you are registering for the 40-hour or 60-hour contract in your email).
  3. Invoicing details (this includes the full name and address of your firm, as well as the full name, contact number and email address of who will receive the invoice).

If you are registering for a CPD contract, our TCPD administrator, Lorna Ross, will send out the relevant paperwork to you on receipt of your email.

More information about this programme