Undergraduate 

Common Law LLB

Law student

Note that the Common Law LLB is not accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and is therefore not suitable for any applicant who wishes to have the option of practising law in Scotland. 

Applicants should apply for either the Common Law LLB or the Scots Law LLB, not both, since we will only make an offer of a place on one LLB degree. Students wishing to practise law in Scotland (or Scotland and elsewhere) are expected to apply for the Scots Law LLB.

 

The Common Law degree is designed for students who plan to practise law in common law jurisdictions in countries such as England and Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Canada and India. It is not suitable for those who may wish to enter the legal profession in Scotland. The Common Law curriculum offers intellectual depth and has a range of flexible options.

Glasgow School of Law has a hugely successful study abroad programme with more than 60% of students undertaking international mobility in normal years.

For 2022, Law at Glasgow is ranked 5th in the UK (Guardian University Guide, The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide and Complete University Guide).

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Common Law LLB (Hons): M100 4 year degree

Law at Glasgow

Which law degree is right for me?

The School of Law offers:

  • Scots Law LLB: If you intend to practice in Scotland as a solicitor or advocate you should apply for the Scots Law LLB. 
  • Common Law LLB: If you intend to practice law in a Common Law jurisdiction such as England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, or India you should apply for the Common Law LLB.

Why study Law?

Law is a subject that is relevant to everyone because it affects all our daily lives. It is an academic discipline that attracts students who are interested in how society is regulated, what the aims of regulation should be and how successful it is in achieving them.

The University of Glasgow prides itself on developing world changers and a knowledge and understanding of law and legal systems is one of the important ways in which people can seek to make a difference. This might be through changes to legal policy or practice, or in helping people to solve everyday problems or avoid future disputes.

What kinds of skills do I need to study law?

You will need to be prepared to read a lot of material. Studying law involves reading cases, legislation, official reports and academic opinion about them. This will require you to be able to find relevant information quickly, to pick out what is important and to remember it.

Studying law is not, however, just about gathering information. It is also about analysing facts and putting them into context to be able to provide a reasoned argument about what the law is on a matter. Solving a legal problem requires close attention to detail, an excellent grasp of legal principles and appropriate legal authority, clarity of thought and the ability to think logically and communicate effectively.

Throughout our law degrees you will develop skills in research, managing information, writing, oral presentation, providing critical analysis of law and legal policy, problem solving and working independently and with others.

What kinds of opportunities does the Law School offer?

As well as benefiting from excellent teaching, our law students are able to take advantage of many other opportunities to widen their skills and experiences.These include study abroad for the whole or part of third year. We have strong links with employers and offer a number of events involving law firms and other organisations who are invited to provide information and advice. It is also possible to take part in voluntary placement schemes in the community such as in the Citizens Advice Bureau and Law Centres. We have a very long and successful tradition of competitive mooting (presenting arguments in mock trials), nationally and internationally.

About the Law School 

The Law School is located in the Stair Building on the main University Campus on University Avenue, where you will find academic and administrative staff. Some classes are held here, although a wide range of teaching rooms is used across the campus. The Stair Building also houses the Sir Alexander Stone Court Room (which is used for mooting) and the Law Workshop (a study space and an additional library resource to the main library). 

Programme structure

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Common Law programme is an exacting intellectual discipline and offers a thorough grounding in key 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 the following core modules:

  • Common law system & method
  • Constitutional law
  • Law of tort
  • Criminal law of England & Wales
  • Law of contract.

Year 2

In the following year, you will study core modules in:

  • European Union law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law & government
  • Land law
  • Equity & trusts
  • Foundations of evidence law.

You can take option modules in years 1 and 2, covering topics such as:

  • Public international law
  • Roman law of property & obligations
  • Commercial law
  • Business organisations.

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. 

Law with Languages

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).

During the first two years of the degree, 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 spend your third year studying Law in a partner university abroad, where teaching and learning take place in French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.

In the fourth year, you may continue to study language as an Honours subject and will graduate with a Law with Languages degree or concentrate solely on law subjects and graduate with a Law with Legal Studies degree, for example, Law with French Legal Studies.

Two-year Common law LLB (Accelerated)

The Common Law LLB two-year Ordinary degree is designed for graduates who plan to practise law in a jurisdiction beyond Scotland. The Accelerated LLB allows graduates in other disciplines to obtain a Common Law Ordinary degree in two years rather than four years.

Joint degree/Law with Languages/and Accelerated students will cover some of the core modules at different stages of their degrees. There may be in some limited cases timetable clashes. We nevertheless endeavour, where we can, to avoid these or if possible, provide alternatives.

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: Student contract.

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 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

for entry in 2023

Summary of entry requirements for Common Law

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAAAAA Higher or AAAA + BB Advanced Higher (AAAAB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Advanced Higher English or Advanced Higher Humanities subject or Higher Mathematics at A recommended. LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk for more information).

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6 - no entry from S5)

  • MD20: ABBBB (also other target groups*)
  • MD40: AAABB* (minimum requirement of ABB in S5)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English. LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk for more information). Successful completion of Reach or Top-Up.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • A*AA
  • Additional requirements: A-level English. LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk for more information).

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 38 (6,6,6 HL) – 34 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English. LNAT (www.lnat.ac.uk for more information).

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

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)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Cambridge English Qualifications

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169

School Qualifications

  • iGCSE English or ESOL 0522/0500, grade C
  • International Baccalaureate English A SL5 or HL5
  • International Baccalaureate English B SL6 or HL5
  • SQA National 5 English or ESOL, grade B
  • SQA Higher English or ESOL, grade C
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, English Language grade 4
  • West African Examination Council, Senior Secondary School Certificate, English grade C6

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed 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.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact External Relations

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

The flexibility of the LLB (Common Law) 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 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.

For those seeking to work as a lawyer in England and Wales, or Northern Ireland, the LLB (Common Law) will provide an invaluable foundation in the academic study of law. 

If you intend to become a barrister in England and Wales, the LLB (Common Law) satisfies the Bar Standards Board requirements regarding the academic component of training based on a law degree. After completing our degree, you would then undertake the ‘vocational stage’ of training, which requires completion of a postgraduate Bar course. The final step in qualifying as a barrister involves a period of full-time training for one year (‘pupillage’). The LLB (Common Law) is also a recognised degree for the purposes of qualifying in Northern Ireland (the Bar course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast).  

If you intend to become a solicitor, the LLB (Common Law) is currently recognised for the purposes of qualifying as a solicitor in Northern Ireland (the Solicitor course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast). If you intend to become a solicitor in England and Wales, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has introduced a new, independent, centralised assessment called the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). For law degrees starting in 2023 the requirements to become a solicitor now include:

  • A degree in any subject or a qualification or experience that is equivalent to a degree, such as a solicitor apprenticeship. 
  • Passing the SQE 1 and SQE2 assessments
  • Two years’ full time (or equivalent) qualifying work experience.
  • Passing character and suitability requirements. 

The LLB (Common Law) is also a recognised degree in jurisdictions such as India and is foundational for those seeking entry to the legal profession in a range of other jurisdictions such as Canada. 

To qualify for legal practice, you must pass additional examinations in the appropriate legal system before proceeding to professional training and qualification. These requirements will vary according to the intended jurisdiction for professional practice. 

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 (4 years)
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Common Law with French Language: M9R1 (4 years)
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Common Law with German Language: M9R2 (4 years)
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Common Law with Italian Language: M9R3 (4 years)
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Common Law with Spanish Language: M9R4 (4 years)
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Common Law/Business & Management: MN19 (4 years)
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Common Law/Economic & Social History: ML13 (4 years)
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Common Law/English Literature: MQ93 (4 years)
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Common Law/History: MV91 (4 years)
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Common Law/Philosophy: MV95 (4 years)
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Common Law/Politics: ML92 (4 years)
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Scholarships

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.

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

How to apply

Applicants should apply for either the Common Law LLB or the Scots Law LLB, not both, since we would only make an offer of a place on one LLB degree. Scottish students would be expected to apply for the Scots Law LLB. Scottish students applying for the Common Law LLB instead should make it clear in their application why they wish to be considered for this degree.

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 26 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website).
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

Apply via UCAS

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