Law

LAW

Law is the study of rules and principles of conduct decreed by legislative authority, derived from court decisions and established by local custom.

You will have the opportunity to participate in one of our many placements – for example, with the Citizens Advice Bureau, a human rights centre, a law centre or the Scottish Parliament.

Programme structure

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme is an exacting intellectual discipline and offers a thorough grounding in the principles of basic areas of the law. The degree can be studied to Ordinary level, requiring three years of full-time study, or to Honours level in four years of full-time study. 

Year 1

Initially you will study:

  • Constitutional law and the legal system
  • Contract, delict and unjustified enrichment
  • Family law.

Year 2

In the following year, you will study:

  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and government.

There is a range of optional courses to choose from, covering topics such as:

  • Roman law
  • International private law
  • Labour law
  • Forensic medicine
  • Public international law
  • Tax law.

If you intend to enter the Scottish Legal Profession you must take the following courses during your degree:

  • Business organisations
  • Criminal law and evidence
  • Commercial law
  • European law
  • Property law.

Years 3 and 4

Admission to Honours takes place at the end of the second year. If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you can choose from a wide range of individual courses available each year and you will have the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area of law. 

Students taking a Joint Honours degree can complete all the courses necessary to apply for entry to the next stage of professional training for a career in the law, the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. 

Special Glasgow feature

‘Studying law here is a unique experience: a relatively large, diverse year group that still manages to achieve that “tight-knit community” feeling. We’re based in the historic heart of the campus with a library exclusive to Law students and our own traditional Moot Courtroom.’

Chris Roden from Glasgow studies Law

Our international links

We have an extremely successful and popular study abroad programme. Currently 65% of our Honours students take the opportunity to spend all or part of the third year studying law in another country or participate in a summer school or other academic activity abroad. 

These options are available through our Law with Languages programme (see next column) or at English-speaking institutions in Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, China or Singapore, as part of a summer school or comparative law project. In all cases study abroad is integrated into the degree and does not involve an additional year of study.

There are many opportunities for you to study law with languages and to spend the third year of your programme in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal or Spain. This is an integrated part of the degree, during the first two years of which language skills will be carefully developed. This will prepare you to make the most of the opportunity to increase your fluency in a foreign environment while advancing your knowledge of law. 

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English or GCSE English Literature and Language. LNAT (see below).

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAA. S6 entry requirements: applicants who achieved between AAAAB and AABBB in S5 will be asked to attain either two Advanced Highers or a mix of Advanced Highers and additional Highers: subject to a satisfactory LNAT score.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Conditional offers MAY be made to applicants who achieve a minimum of AABBB in by the end of S5.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English. LNAT (see below). Applicants who are made conditional offers based on S6 results are encouraged, where possible, to study Advanced Highers in arts/social science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 39 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English at HL6. LNAT (see below).

Law National Admissions Test (LNAT)

Applicants to all LLB degrees who do not already hold an undergraduate degree are required to take the LNAT test by 20 January 2015. The LNAT is run by a consortium of UK universities and comprises a two-hour on-screen test made up of multiple choice (80 minutes) and essay questions (40 minutes). It is designed to assess verbal reasoning skills and command of written English. The test can be taken by applicants at centres throughout the UK and overseas. Information on how to sit the test can be found at: www.lnat.ac.uk.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 24*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 176

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

If you intend to become a solicitor or advocate in Scotland you must, in addition to the LLB, complete a one-year postgraduate vocational qualification – the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. There is then a period of full-time training for two years to become a solicitor, and up to two and a half years to become an advocate. 

To qualify in England, in other member states of the EU or elsewhere, you must pass additional examinations in the appropriate legal system. Each year a number of our graduates decide to undertake the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and qualify in the English legal system.

The flexibility of the law degree at Glasgow, together with the emphasis on developing the key skills required by employers and the opportunities available to study abroad and to take part in placement opportunities, means that the LLB degree provides a sound general foundation for a range of careers. These include the civil service, local government, journalism, industry and commerce, international institutions, administration, banking, insurance, social work and the police service.

Accreditation

All LLB degrees allow entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and thereafter to become either a solicitor in Scotland (under the Law Society of Scotland) or to be called to the Scottish Bar (by the Faculty of Advocates).

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

LLB

  • KIS
    Law: M114
  • Law fast-track (graduate entry): M115
  • KIS
    Law with French Language: M1R1
  • KIS
    Law with French Legal Studies: M121
  • KIS
    Law with German Language: M1R2
  • KIS
    Law with German Legal Studies: M122
  • KIS
    Law with Italian Language: M1R3
  • KIS
    Law with Italian Legal Studies: M1M9
  • Law with Portuguese Language: M1R5
  • Law with Russian Language: M1RR
  • KIS
    Law with Spanish Language: M1R4
  • KIS
    Law with Spanish Legal Studies: M123
  • Law/Business & Management: MN12
  • KIS
    Law/Business Economics: MN11
  • KIS
    Law/Economic & Social History: MV13
  • KIS
    Law/Economics: ML11
  • KIS
    Law/English Literature: MQ13
  • KIS
    Law/Gaelic Language: MQ15
  • KIS
    Law/History: MV11
  • KIS
    Law/Philosophy: MV15
  • KIS
    Law/Politics: ML12
  • Law/Public Policy: ML14

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

enquiries@law.glasgow.ac.uk