Diploma of Legal Medicine (DLM)
The DLM examination is a stand-alone exam.
The next exam will be held on Friday 02 December, in the Royal College of Physicians. The application period will start in October. More information will be available here then.
In 2017 the dates will be: Monday 19 June 2017 and Friday 01 December 2017.
The FFLM’s Diploma of Legal Medicine leads to the postnominal DLM. It is a knowledge test identical to Part 1 of the FFLM Membership examination, but marked at a slightly lower level. The MFFLM is equivalent in standard to MRCP.
Successful MFFLM Part 1 candidates have been awarded DLM since the first DLM examination, on 27 June 2014. However, the DLM will not be awarded retrospectively to individuals who passed the MFFLM Part 1 examination before that date.
The postnominal is DLM. There are no other authorised variations such as “Dip Leg Med” or “DLM (London)” or “DLM(RCP)”, for example.
While entry to the MFFLM examinations is restricted to doctors working in a relevant field, the DLM is open to all. This examination is set and marked primarily by doctors and those with dual qualifications, and not by lawyers alone. Therefore please note that the emphasis is on legal medicine rather than medical law.
The DLM is not a qualification which will entitle the holder to undertake any specific kind of work, any more than a Master of Laws (LLM) in medical law and ethics will do. Furthermore, holding the DLM will not in itself entitle the holder to apply for affiliate membership of the FFLM. However, a registered medical practitioner who obtains a distinction will be offered exemption from part 1 of the Membership of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (MFFLM) examination for a period of three years.
This qualification will appeal to those with an interest in the wider interaction of clinical practice and the law, the regulation of clinical professionals, and those who may be called upon to act as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
Please see more information on the right-hand side of this page, under More Information. It is essential that candidates read the Regulations before applying for the exam.
The FFLM, in conjunction with the University of Ulster, has developed an E-Learning course to prepare candidates for the DLM Examination. Click here to find out more.