LLB / LLB (Hons) Law

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.

  • Napier code:

    32501BH

  • UCAS code:

    M114

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    LLB / LLB (Hons)

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

Fully accredited by the Law Society of Scotland, the LLB 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 is an excellent qualification if you wish to work in other professions, particularly those related to business and finance.

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This course gives you a broad foundation in the law of Scotland. In the first three years you study all the subjects specified by the Law Society of Scotland to enable you to seek qualification as a solicitor. In fourth year, there is a range of 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.

Contemporary legal professionals must be business-orientated. Our LLB lets you choose a number of business-related non-law modules, such as Financial Accounting or Exploring Entrepreneurship. You may also study a language.

The LLB is a full-time course. You may graduate with an LLB Ordinary degree after three years or an LLB Honours degree after four years.

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 or 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 presentational skills.

What you study

Below is an indication of the compulsory modules you will 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
  • One option module

Year 2

  • Law of Human Rights
  • Property Law
  • European Law
  • Business Law
  • Obligations 2
  • One option module

Year 3

  • Company Law
  • Law of Succession & Trusts
  • Evidence
  • Legal Profession Dispute Resolution & Ethics
  • Corporate Governance or Taxation Law
  • One option module

Year 4

  • Dissertation

Two options from (Trimester 1):

  • Sports Law
  • International Law in Contemporary Society
  • Essential Health Law Issues for Practice, Management & Policy
  • Legal Practice in the 21st Century
  • Leadership in a Changing Environment
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Growing a Business

Two options from (Trimester 2):

  • Contemporary Issues in Family Law
  • Law & the Media
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law
  • Current Issues in Business Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Accounting
  • Business Strategy & Sustainable Development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

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.

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 or 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

Typical entry requirement

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

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

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

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies. 

A Level 

BCC 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.

HNC

Pass HNC Legal Services with grade A at SCQF Level 7 in the graded unit.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

HND

Pass HND Legal Services with grade B at SCQF Level 8 and HNC Legal Services with 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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