Law is the study of rules and principles of conduct decreed by legislative authority, derived from court decisions and established by local custom.
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 and the legal system
- 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
- 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.
During your studies you will have the opportunity, on a part-time basis, 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.
We have an extremely active Mooting Society and our students are very successful in Scottish, UK and Europe-wide competitions. Students have recently won the English Speaking Union Essex Court Chambers Competition and the OUP-BPP National Mooting Competition, both national competitions.
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 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. You will normally be able to choose one destination from among our partner institutions located in different regions of each country.
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.
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).
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAA including English (one sitting). Conditional offers may be made to SQA applicants in their sixth year who achieved between AABBB to AAAAB in fifth year. Applicants are encouraged, where possible, to study Advanced Highers in Arts/Social Science subjects in sixth year.
We will consider applicants from schools which only offer pupils the opportunity to take four Highers in fifth year.
A-levels: AAA (including English or GCSE English Literature and Language).
IB: 39 points including English.
Applying to Law
Law National Admissions Test
Applicants to all LLB degrees who do not already hold an undergraduate degree are required to take the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) by 20 January 2014.
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 (40 minutes) questions. 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, together with practice papers, can be found at www.lnat.ac.uk.
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): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 68; minimum 60 in writing
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:
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.