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.
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.
Initially you will study:
- Constitutional law
- Introduction to legal study
- Obligations (contract, delict and unjustified enrichment)
- Family law.
In the following year, you will study:
- Law and government
There is a range of optional courses to choose from, covering topics such as:
- Roman law of property and obligations
- International private law
- Labour law
- Forensic medicine
- Public international 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 Union law
- Property law
- Legal profession and legal ethics.
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.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.
Special Glasgow feature
Law with Languages or Law with Legal Studies
There are many opportunities for you to study law with languages. A language may be studied for three years of the Honours degree (the Law with Legal Studies programme) or throughout the four years of the degree (the Law with Languages programme). Language study is an integrated part of these degrees, 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. Both programmes require you to spend your third year studying Law in a partner university abroad, where teaching and learning take place in French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.
Our international links
We have an extremely successful and popular study abroad programme. Currently 60% 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 or Legal Studies programmes (see below) or at English-speaking institutions in Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, China and Singapore. Students may also take part in summer schools or the comparative law project. In all cases study abroad is integrated into the degree and does not involve an additional year of study.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
- Other mandatory requirements: A-level English OR GCSE English Literature and Language. LNAT (see below).
- Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAA
- Minimum academic entry requirements: S5 minimum requirement = AABBB. S6 entry requirements = applicants who achieve 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.
- Other mandatory requirements: Higher 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.
We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from ABBBB at S5, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. See Access Glasgow for pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements.
- Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
- Other mandatory requirements: English at HL6. LNAT (see below).
Law National Admissions Test (LNAT)
Law National Admissions Test (LNAT): Applicants to all LLB degrees ( apart from those applying for the fast track M115) are required to take the LNAT test by 20 January 2017. 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.
Glasgow International College
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.
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: Reading: 23; Listening:23; Speaking: 23; Writing: 24
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 176
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 176
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall; no sub-test less than 62
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
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.
If you intend to become a solicitor or advocate in England, you can either complete the Common Law LLB, or in addition to the Law LLB, undertake the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and qualify in the English legal system. To qualify in other countries you must pass additional examinations in the appropriate 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.
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).
The LLB degree and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice are fully accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.
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:
- Law (fast track: graduates only): M115
Law with French Language: M1R1
Law with French Legal Studies: M121
Law with German Language: M1R2
Law with German Legal Studies: M122
Law with Italian Language: M1R3
Law with Italian Legal Studies: M1M9
- Law with Portuguese Language: M1R5
- Law with Russian Language: M1RR
Law with Spanish Language: M1R4
Law with Spanish Legal Studies: M123
- Law/Business & Management: MN12
Law/Business Economics: MN11
Law/Economic & Social History: MV13
Law/English Literature: MQ13
Law/Gaelic Language: MQ15
- Law/Social & Public Policy: ML14
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
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 in recent years.
The Lord Clarke Charitable Trust Scholarship
The Lord Clarke Charitable Trust Scholarship will support a student with financial need to undertake the two-year graduate entry LLB degree. The Scholarship will cover University fees and a living stipend of £1,500 each semester for one student who has been accepted to study law as a second undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow, having previously graduated from a Scottish university with a proven record of academic excellence. Lord Clarke graduated with an MA in English Literature and Philosophy in 1967 and went on to take the Accelerated Law programme, graduating LLB in 1970. He was appointed a Judge in 2000. He and the Trustees of the Lord Clarke Charitable Trust have established this scholarship with the hope to encourage applications to the course from students with financial need who may otherwise decide not to apply.more information
RUK Access Bursary 2017 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2017-18 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annumore information
RUK Excellence Scholarship 2017
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).more information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.
The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. 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 accepted 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: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: 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.
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.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- 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
- 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.
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.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.