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Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice

  • If you're working in local government law you'll already appreciate the scope and opportunity that a career in this specialist area can offer. But how do you go that extra mile to show you're committed to becoming the best in the field?

    The Law Society's Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice is a route to self-improvement, skills development and career enhancement. It's recognised by delegates and employers alike as a sign of commitment to the field, proof of ability and a stepping-stone to more senior posts.

    The one-year, self-study course comprises three projects and a written exam. The course is accredited for CPD purposes and, if successful, you'll be awarded a Diploma in Local Government (DipLG).

    Who is the diploma for?

    You may enrol on the diploma course if you belong to one of the following categories:

    • Category 1: Solicitors, trainee solicitors, chartered legal executives and barristers currently working in a local authority.
    • Category 2: Solicitors, trainee solicitors, chartered legal executives and barristers who, while not working for a local authority, nevertheless work for an analogous agency or authority.
    • Category 3: Solicitors, trainee solicitors,chartered legal executives and barristers employed by a law firm whose experience enables them to meet the criteria set out in section 1.3 of the prospectus.

    Please see LGD prospectus 2016-2017 (PDF 512kb) and the LGD Regulations (PDF 278kb) for full details on eligibility. Information on the application process can be found on the How to apply page.