Welcome message from the Chief Adviser of Studies, Chris Gill

Welcome to the University of Glasgow, School of Law. Congratulations on obtaining your place to study law and I hope that you are looking forward to the experience.

The beginning of your first session is sure to be a very busy time in many ways and no doubt you will be given lots of advice and information. The aim of the information here is to assist you in the initial steps of becoming a registered student and enrolling for courses. It is also to introduce you to the system of Advising within the School of Law.

A key part of being a University student is taking responsibility for your own learning and for the choices you make about it. This presents challenges and can be quite a daunting prospect. For that reason, each student is allocated an Adviser of Studies: an academic member of staff within the School of Law who is available to give guidance about the curriculum, discuss course choices and, where necessary, offer support. You will soon receive details from us about your allocated Adviser of Studies and you can always check for your Adviser’s name on your MyCampus record. You will be invited to make an appointment to meet with him or her: all students must meet with their Adviser prior to the beginning of the session but you should also remember that your Adviser should be your first point of contact at any time during the degree.

Being well informed and making decisions is your responsibility but Advisers are there to advise and to support – make use of them!

I hope that your time here will be both enjoyable and productive, and wish you success with your studies.

Chris Gill

Planning your First-Year Curriculum

‌‌‌‌‌The Structure of the Accelerated LLB

The accelerated Scots Law LLB allows graduates in other disciplines to obtain a degree which will qualify them for entry to the solicitor branch of the legal profession in two years. The LLB is made up of a number courses, with each course having a credit value attached to it. Each year you will be expected to study 120 credits of courses. You need to have completed 240 credits to graduate with the Accelerated LLB. In order to meet the requirement for an Ordinary degree to contain 360 credits you will be awarded 120 credits of general credit on entry derived from your previous degree.

Please see the Scots Law Level 1 Timetable 2021-22 for further information.

If you have taken any courses which you think might exempt you from some of the courses you will have to take during the degree please contact the Chief Adviser as soon as possible.

Course choices

The table below shows the courses that will be taken by a student wishing to complete the courses required for entry as a solicitor.

Year 1 Year 2

Legal Skills for Graduates (15 credits)

Law and Government  (20 credits)

Constitutional Law 1 (30 credits)

Jurisprudence (20 credits)

Family Law (10 credits)

Property Law (40 credits)

Obligations 1A (15 credits)

Business Organisations (15 credits)

Obligations 1B (15 credits)

European Union Law (10 credits)

Academic Writing Skills Programme

Commercial Law (15 credits)

Criminal Law and Evidence (20 credits)

 

Option (20 credits)

 

The courses in bold are compulsory courses for the Scots Law LLB. Those in italics are required by the Law Society of Scotland for the solicitor branch of the legal profession. N.B. If you wish to become an Advocate you must take two additional subjects: Roman Law of Property and Obligations (you could take this as your option in 1st year) and International Private Law (you might be able to do this in 2nd year or you can always do it at a later stage).

Optional courses could come from within the School of Law or from other departments in the University. The main School of Law options are Roman Law of Property and Obligations and Public International Law. These options (and the compulsory and professional courses) are described more fully in the Law section of the Undergraduate Course Catalogue. 


MyCampus

Once registered, you can begin to enrol on courses using MyCampus. Throughout the year you will access MyCampus to see your class and exam timetables, record any absences you may have, amend your enrolments during the add/drop period or check your assignments and grades.

You can access MyCampus via the MyGlasgow portal. Links to MyGlasgow are on the current students’ web page, or as a link at the bottom of most university web pages. If you need assistance, you can log a support request via the Help and Support form.


MyGlasgow

MyGlasgow is the university’s student portal. It provides direct access to university web services including MyCampus, Webmail, Moodle2, Library Account, IT Helpdesk and Sport Online. It also provides student news, help, support and guidance, and links to other web pages.

Login to MyGlasgow using your Glasgow Unique Identifier (GUID) and password which has been sent to you separately in your “Access to your Student Account” email.  


Campus card

Campus card collection for new students joining the university at the beginning of Semester 1

When you register at the university on MyCampus you will be asked to upload an image of yourself. The photograph you upload will be used to produce your Campus card which will be used throughout your time at the university as the primary means of formal identification, for example, at exams.

Details of the arrangements for Campus Card collection will be made available shortly.  Please visit the Registry's website for further information: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/registry/registration/

Please note that your card can only be issued if you have completed MyCampus registration.


Preliminary reading

Preliminary Reading for Entry in September 2021

Please find below a selection of reading material that will help you prepare for studying the Scots Law LLB degree. The books by MacQueen, Honoré, Wilson, Meston et al. and Strong will assist you to prepare for all Level 1 Scots Law courses. The books by Loughlin and Pinder & Usherwood will be particularly helpful for the compulsory course, Constitutional Law 1.

Preliminary Reading
  • Hector MacQueen, Studying Scots Law, 4th edn. (Bloomsbury Professional, 2012)
  • Martin Loughlin, The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • R.M. White, H. MacQueen and I.D. Willock, The Scottish Legal System, 6th edn. (Bloomsbury Professional, 2019) [N.B. this textbook is the recommended book for the compulsory Level 1 course, Introduction to Legal Study].
  • T. Honoré, About Law (Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • J. Pinder & S Usherwood, The European Union: A Very Short Introduction, 3rd edn. (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Useful Internet Resources
On-course reading for Scots Law LLB Courses

Aside from the preliminary reading, above, the general advice is not to purchase law books until the semester has begun and teaching staff have given advice on which texts will be prescribed and recommended. Textbooks are updated and revised on a regular basis and it is important to ensure that you have an up-to-date edition of any text.