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How the local government diploma can support your career development

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If you are 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 that 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 is recognised by delegates and employers alike as a sign of commitment to the field, proof of ability and as a stepping-stone to more senior posts.


This one-year, self-study course comprises three written projects and a written exam. The course is administered by the Law Society accreditations team, and accredited for CPD by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority.


The diploma is an excellent starting point to help develop a successful legal career in local government. I trained with a local authority and believed that my law society final examinations did not fully prepare me for the skills required to work in the public sector. I discovered the diploma and absolutely recommend it to anyone who wishes to fully understand the fundamental framework and principles of local government. I recall the diploma being flexible and therefore a great course to complete as part of an individual’s ongoing learning and development.

Suki Binjal

I took the diploma a few years after qualification as a solicitor in local government. I wanted to understand more fully the corporate governance provisions which underpin the machinery of local government and assist my professional development. It was invaluable on both counts and assisted my career progression. I would recommend the course to every solicitor in local government. You can plan the modules around your own time and gain your full CPD requirements. It’s an extra feather in your cap!

Helen McGrath





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Your In-house Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of in-house lawyers working in the corporate and public sectors, not-for-profit organisations and charities.

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