Second Year

‌‌‌‌The information below sets out a few matters that you should take into account when preparing for the second year of the Scots Law LLB degree.

See the ‌Registry's website for details of how to register:

Planning your curriculum

‌‌‌‌Below is a typical second-year curriculum for a student on the Single Honours in Law Plan

Jurisprudence (compulsory)
Law and Government (compulsory) (DPLP)
Property (DPLP)
Commercial Law (DPLP)
Business Organisations (DPLP)

If you are studying on a joint honours or law and languages plan, your curriculum will be different.  

Planning your curriculum

Along with the remaining LLB compulsory subjects, second year has a range of options. Most students tend to take the Diploma pre-requisite subjects in second year and that fills up their timetable (remember, the limit is 120 credits). However, it is possible to postpone one or more of the Diploma pre-requisites to third year. If the Diploma is not for you or if you wish to broaden your curriculum, then you might consider some options in Law or options in other subject areas (generally options outside the School of Law must be at Year 1 and can be found in the online course catalogue).

Please refer to the Scots Law Year 2 Timetable 2023-24 for an overview of available courses. 

Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DPLP) pre-requisites

It is normal, but not compulsory, for most students to take the remaining, or most of the remaining, pre-requisite courses for the Diploma during second year (these courses will be identified on your plan in MyCampus). Please remember that entry to the Diploma is competitive and that it is your performance at the first sitting in all of the Diploma pre-requisite courses that counts.

If you are absolutely sure that the legal profession is not for you, then that gives you a great deal of flexibility this year. You need only complete the compulsory courses for the degree, although all students must ensure that they take 200 credits of Law courses by the end of Year 3.

Entry to Honours

At the end of second year, eligibility for entry to Honours will be determined in accordance with the published criteria. Any student who does not qualify to continue to Honours will be contacted by the Chief Adviser and will be placed on the three-year Ordinary LLB plan with the expectation that they will graduate after one more year of study.

The criteria for entry to Honours depend on the Plan that you are following and are described below. The School of Law has discretion to admit students who do not meet the standard requirements.

Single Honours in Law 

For entry to single Honours in Law, we expect you normally to have achieved a C3 or better in 60 credits of Law courses at Year 2.

Honours in Law with a Language

For entry to Honours in Law with a Language, you must meet the requirement for entry to the Language (normally a C3 in the Year 2 course but check your Plan on MyCampus), plus you must achieve 50 credits at C3 or better in Year 2 Law courses.

Joint Honours in Law

For entry to Honours in Law with another subject, you must meet the requirement for entry in the joint subject (normally a C3 in 40 credits of that subject at Level 2, but check your Plan on MyCampus), plus at least 40 credits at C3 or better in Year 2 Law courses.

Students who are not admitted to honours may appeal the decision to the College Appeals Committee.

Study abroad

‌Study Abroad

This is the time to consider study abroad in third year.  Anyone considering studying abroad should pay close attention to Moodle announcements early in the first semester since the International Officer will tell you about the advantages of study abroad and the process of application. If you intend to study abroad and to be eligible for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice then you should ensure that by the end of this year, or at the latest the end of the first semester of third year, you have taken all the pre-requisite subjects. Please read the Study Abroad Letter Year 2 for further information.

For joint Honours students, please note that study abroad is something that needs the approval both of the International Officer in Law and in the joint subject.