Guidance for international applicants
The University of Glasgow offers two LLB programmes in common law:
- 4-year honours Common Law LLB
- 2-year accelerated Common Law LLB (for graduates only)
Qualifying as a lawyer in the UK
The UK has three legal systems and in each there is a split legal profession – solicitors and barristers/advocates. Solicitors do all kinds of legal work. Barristers and advocates specialise in litigation, and oral advocacy, particularly in the higher courts.
Qualifying as a solicitor: England and Wales
The Glasgow common law LLB programmes have previously been recognised for the purposes of qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales. However, a new qualification system was introduced in 2021, and students who start the LLB (Common law) from now on must qualify under the new system. A law degree will not be necessary. Instead, all applicants will need to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)– a single, national licensing examination – if they wish to become a solicitor. The educational requirement will be a degree in any subject (or equivalent qualification or work experience). Applicants must then pass both stages of the SQE assessment, gain two years' qualifying work experience and pass the character and suitability requirements. For further information, see: https://www.sra.org.uk/students/sqe.
Although a law degree will no longer be needed, it will be a great advantage to have a law degree from a leading university when looking for employment as a solicitor.
Qualifying as a solicitor: the rest of the UK
The Glasgow common law LLB programmes are currently recognised for purposes of qualifying as a solicitor in Northern Ireland (the Solicitor Course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast). They are not accredited for the purposes of qualifying as a solicitor in Scotland.
However, once a person has become a qualified solicitor anywhere in the UK, they can qualify anywhere else in the UK by passing a transfer examination.
Qualifying as a Barrister or Advocate
The Glasgow common law LLB programmes satisfy the academic component of qualification as a Barrister in England and Wales and are recognised law degrees for the purposes of qualifying as a barrister in Northern Ireland (the Bar Course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast). They are not accredited for the purposes of qualifying as an Advocate in Scotland.
Qualifying as a lawyer in other countries
In the common law world, bar examinations are a normal feature of entry to the legal profession. The LL.B. (Common Law) programme is intended as a foundation upon which students can build in order to qualify for legal practice in specific jurisdictions. In the United States, for example, it is usual to require a three-year common law degree as a pre-requisite for the state bar exam and such degrees obtained abroad are generally recognised. That does not mean they are sufficient. In order to succeed in any bar examination, appropriate jurisdiction-specific study is required. This may be undertaken independently as self-study or as part of an organised course.
If you are thinking of qualifying as a lawyer in a country other than the UK, you should study the rules for qualifying in that country very carefully.
Reasons to study Law at the University of Glasgow
The key strengths of Glasgow’s undergraduate programmes are:
- Consistently high rankings for student experience
- A comprehensive, interdisciplinary and value orientated legal education
- International mobility and a global sensibility are core to our programmes
- Teaching excellence is a part of our culture
- Excellent and internationally flexible employability prospects.
The information on this page has been created according to current understandings of regulatory requirements, but applicants should always check and confirm requirements with relevant professional bodies.
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