Undergraduate 

Common Law LLB

LAW

A law degree focuses on the norms that touch on all aspects of human life, as well as the legislative process of creating laws and the application of law through the court system.

  • This degree is designed for students who plan to practise law in jurisdictions other than Scotland. It is suitable for applicants from countries such as England & Wales, Canada, the United States, India, and related Common Law areas.
  • The programme is approved as a Qualifying Law Degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in England & Wales.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in one of our many placements: for example, with a law firm, a human rights centre, another organisation offering legal advice such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, or the Scottish Parliament.

Programme structure

Common Law is an exacting intellectual discipline and offers a thorough grounding in the principles of core 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.

Year 1

Initially you will study:

  • Common law system and method
  • Constitutional law
  • English criminal law
  • European law
  • Law of contract
  • Law of tort.

Year 2

In the following year, you will study:

  • Business organisations
  • Commercial law
  • Common law tradition
  • English land law
  • Equity and trusts
  • Jurisprudence
  • 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:

  • International law
  • Roman law

Years 3 and 4

Admission to Honours (advanced courses) 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. Some options are available outside law.

The Common Law and Scots Law degrees are separate LLB degree pathways and it is not possible to combine them or to transfer from one to another.

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.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018

About entry requirements

SQA Highers

The standard academic entry requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements, and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements in first sitting (by end of S5).

We adjust the standard academic and non-academic entry requirements at both S5 and S6 for eligible applicants who complete one of our pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode, are currently living or have spent time living in care. For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes, please see: Access Glasgow.

The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades that must be achieved, by the end of S5, for an offer to be considered. For some degree programmes, offers (either conditional or unconditional) may be made below the standard academic entry requirements. Where a conditional offer is made, the S5 & S6 cumulative requirements detail the grades that would be necessary by the end of S6. Students must also meet any subject and non-academic requirements stated.

The University of Glasgow will accept Highers and/or Advanced Highers toward academic entry requirements. Where Advanced Highers are required this is stated.
For our full SQA Higher Admissions Policy please see: Entry requirements: Scottish Highers

A-levels and International Baccalaureate

The standard academic entry requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades the university will accept for entry to this programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

For more information on our A-level admissions requirements please see: Entry requirements: A-levels

For more information on our IB admissions requirements please see: Entry requirements: IB

A-levels

Please note that attaining the academic entry requirements below is not a guarantee of an offer since offers are made taking into account academic requirements and a review of the performance in the LNAT and personal statements.

  • 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).

Highers

Please note that attaining the academic entry requirements below is not a guarantee of an offer since offers are made taking into account academic requirements and a review of the performance in the LNAT and personal statements.

  • Standard S5 Academic entry requirements (attainment by the end of S5): AAAAA Highers. Must include English. These are the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order to be considered for an unconditional offer, subject to consideration of LNAT score and personal statement. In making unconditional offers preference may be given to where Highers have been obtained in relevant (Arts or Social Science) subjects.
  • Minimum S5 Academic entry requirements (attainment by the end of S5): AABBB Highers. Must include English. These are the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results and subject to consideration of LNAT score and personal statement. In considering the minimum requirements one C can be compensated for (eg AAAAC or AAABC). Applicants who are made a conditional offer are required to achieve the Standard S6 Academic entry requirements noted below.
  • Standard S6 Entry Requirements (attainment by the end of S6): Evidence of academic development by obtaining two Advanced Highers or a mix of Advanced Highers and additional Highers. Grades must be at a minimum of As and Bs. In making offers, preference may be given to where students have obtained Advanced Highers and Highers in relevant (Arts or Social Science) subjects. In cases where applicants attend a school which does not offer relevant Advanced Highers, offers may be made on Highers alone but applicants will be expected to demonstrate academic development in terms of the number of additional Highers taken and grades obtained. Compensation of grades is not made on offers set. It is not possible to specify in advance what conditions will be set when making conditional offers as applications are competitive and offers will depend on a number of factors including the number of applications received, the relative academic qualifications of applicants and performance in the LNAT and personal statements.

International Baccalaureate

Please note that attaining the academic entry requirements below is not a guarantee of an offer since offers are made taking into account academic requirements and a review of the performance in the LNAT and personal statements.

  • 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. 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.

LNAT deadlines

  • 20 January 2018: UK/EU students
  • 30 June 2018: international (non-EU) students

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

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.

Pre-sessional courses
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:

FAQs

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:


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.


Career prospects

If you intend to become a solicitor or barrister in England & Wales you must, in addition completing the LLB, pass the relevant examinations prescribed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) or bar association, as well as completing the stipulated period of training in the field.

To qualify to practise law 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.

Accreditation

Our Common Law LLB degree is approved as a Qualifying Law Degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in England & Wales.

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:

LLB (Hons)

  • Common Law: M100
  • Common Law (fast track: graduates only): M900
  • KIS
    Common Law with French Language: M9R1
  • KIS
    Common Law with German Language: M9R2
  • KIS
    Common Law with Italian Language: M9R3
  • KIS
    Common Law with Spanish Language: M9R4
  • KIS
    Common Law/Business & Management: MN19
  • KIS
    Common Law/Economic & Social History: ML13
  • KIS
    Common Law/Economics: M1L1
  • KIS
    Common Law/English Literature: MQ93
  • KIS
    Common Law/Gaelic: MQ95
  • KIS
    Common Law/History: MV91
  • KIS
    Common Law/Philosophy: MV95
  • KIS
    Common Law/Politics: ML92

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

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.

Lorene Joergensen Bow Common Law Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by a legacy to the School of Law from the estate of  Mrs Lorene Joergensen Bow. Mrs Bow was connected to the School through her role as a tutor and through her husband Robert Bow, an alumnus (1948) and partner at the Glasgow law firm Maclay Murray Spens.  

more information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

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.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. 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
  2. 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.

Widening participation

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.