LLB / LLB (Hons) Law with Business Management

Undergraduate, Full-Time

A Scots law degree is not only the first step towards qualifying as a lawyer but is also an excellent springboard to many other professions.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    LLB / LLB (Hons)

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

There has always been a close relationship between law and business: many legal professionals and law graduates work with business clients or are themselves in management roles, and this degree will help you to develop a greater understanding of how businesses operate and are managed.   

Fully accredited by the Law Society of Scotland, this degree will enable you to apply for the Diploma in Legal Practice (also known as PEAT 1), the next step on the way to becoming a qualified solicitor or advocate in Scotland.

The LLB (Hons) with Business Management is also an excellent qualification if you wish to work in other professions, particularly those related to business and finance.


This course gives you a broad foundation in the law of Scotland and also provides you with knowledge of business management. In the first three years you'll study all the subjects specified by the Law Society of Scotland to enable you to seek qualification as a solicitor. In addition, in each year you'll take one business management module. In fourth year, you'll take two further business management modules plus two optional law subjects, some focussing on specific areas of law not so far covered in the degree, such as Sports Law, and others being more discursive, enabling you to reflect on the function of law in a wider economic, political, international and social context. You'll also write a dissertation on a legal topic of your choice.

The LLB (Hons) with Business Management is a full-time course. You may graduate with an LLB Ordinary degree after three years or an LLB with Business Management Honours degree after four years. It's not possible to graduate with a combined LLB Ordinary degree.

If you already have a first degree you can apply for our graduate accelerated programme and complete an ordinary LLB in two years. It's not possible to graduate with a combined accelerated LLB Ordinary degree.

You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures and tutorials, and also through interactive practice sessions and independent study.

This degree will improve your communication, research, problem-solving and presentation skills.

What you study

Below is an indication of the compulsory modules you could study. These will be supplemented with choices from a course-specific option pool.

Year 1

  • Scottish Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Obligations 1
  • Constitutional & Administrative Law
  • Family Law
  • Intercultural Organisational Management

Year 2

  • Law of Human Rights
  • Property Law
  • European Law
  • Business Law
  • Obligations 2
  • Business and Management Challenges

Year 3

  • Company Law
  • Law of Succession & Trusts
  • Evidence
  • Strategic Management in a Global Context or International Business
  • Corporate Governance or Taxation Law

Year 4

  • Dissertation
  • Leadership in a Changing Environment
  • Business Strategy and Sustainable Development
  • Legal Profession Dispute Resolution & Ethics

One option from:

  • Contemporary Issues in Family Law
  • Law & the Media
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law
  • International Trade Law

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

This degree is fully accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. It also provides you with knowledge of business management.

Completion of the LLB (Ordinary or Honours) is stage one of qualifying as a solicitor in Scotland. Stage two is the Diploma in Legal Practice (DLP) also known as Professional Education and Training Stage 1 (PEAT 1) currently offered by six universities in Scotland. Places on the DLP are allocated according to marks achieved in compulsory modules, typically taken in years 1-3 of the LLB. The DLP is a vocationally orientated course designed to prepare students for stage 3 (PEAT 2, also known as the traineeship).

Law is a competitive profession and completion of the DLP is no guarantee of a traineeship.

Many Law students choose not to enter the legal profession, but use their LLB as a stepping-stone into other professions, particularly banking, finance, the civil service, teaching and the police. Some go on to further study or go into business.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

ABBB to include English or another literary subject* at grade B.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

A Level 

BBC to include English or another literary subject*.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate 

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B1, B3 at Higher Level to include English or another literary subject* and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H2, H3 at Higher Level to include English or another literary subject* and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

A Level English or another literary subject* at grade C.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 29 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 5 to include English or another literary subject*.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.


Pass HNC Legal Services with grade A in the graded unit.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.


Pass HND Legal Services with grades BB at SCQF Level 8 and HNC Legal Services grade A in the graded units.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

*Alternative literary subjects include: Latin, History, Modern Studies, Philosophy or Law.

Advanced entry is not available for this course.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £11,950 £12,350

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