LLB / LLB (Hons) Law

Undergraduate, Full-time

Law LLB / LLB (Hons)

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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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Mode of Study:



4 years

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Course details

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. 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.

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

  • note and pen Assessments

    Emphasis on giving legal advice and applied learning make student work place ready when they leave.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Opportunity to gain experience through assisting in our student run law clinic.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    In year 3 there is an opportunity to study abroad and we have increasing numbers taking this option – there are 4 universities that we are partnered with and this can be done through Erasmus and ISEP (US & Australia).

Popular modules

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
  • Plus optional modules



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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

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 ABCC 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.


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

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.


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: History, Latin, Law, Modern Studies or Philosophy. ESOL can be considered at grade A.

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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 admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU £1,820 tba
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 tba
Overseas £12,845 tba
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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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.

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