DLM

The Diploma of Legal Medicine

The DLM is a stand-alone online exam. Success in it allows the use of the postnominal DLM.

Are you interested in the interface between clinical practice and the law? Then you may find studying for the Diploma of Legal Medicine of benefit for your work.

The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine’s Diploma of Legal Medicine leads to the postnominal DLM. It may also aid a candidate in applying to become one of our Associates or Affiliates.

This qualification may be of interest to a wide range of healthcare professionals:

  • Dentists, doctors, nurses, and paramedics;
  • Legal advisors, file handlers and case reviewers working in the various Regulatory settings (GDC, GMC, NMC, HCPC), or for the medical defence organisations (MDOs), and within NHS England;
  • Individuals who provide professional or expert witness evidence in various disciplines may also find this qualification of benefit for their role.

The DLM has a one-paper format consisting of 150 best-of-five multiple-choice questions to be completed within three hours. Candidates are tested on a wide range of topics in Legal Medicine as set out in the published syllabus (see below).

The FFLM has produced numerous publications to assist candidates and provides a wide range of learning activities to support those studying in this field including E-Learning, webinars as well as face-to-face study days.

Essential reading

Please study the material below to know more about your exam and to prepare for it.

Did you know?

The same paper is used for the DLM and for the Part 1 Membership exam , the MFFLM). DLM candidates who reach the MFFLM Part 1 pass mark are awarded a Distinction and are exempted from sitting the Part 1 Membership exam for four years.

DLM news

As of April 2020 it is now possible for candidates to sit our Diploma of Legal Medicine (DLM) exam, which is online, anywhere in the world. Please contact our Exams Manager, Jay C Costa, for information: jay.costa@fflm.ac.uk.

DLM Revision Materials

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