Common Law LLB

Law student

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, 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.

We are ranked 1st in Scotland for Law and in the top five in the UK (Complete University Guide 2021).

  • 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:

  • Common law system and method
  • Constitutional law
  • Law of Tort
  • Criminal law of England and Wales
  • Law of Contract.

Year 2

In the following year, you will study:

  • European Union law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Government
  • Land law
  • Equity and trusts
  • Foundations of Evidence Law.

Students can take optional courses in Years 1 and 2 covering topics such as:

  • International law
  • Roman law of Property and Obligations
  • Commercial law
  • Business Organisations.

Joint degree, Law with Languages, and accelerated students will cover some of the core modules at different stages of their degrees. 

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 and you will have the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area of law. 

Law with Languages

There are many opportunities for you to study law with languages. A language may be studied throughout the four years of the degree (the Law with Languages programme). Language study is an integrated part of the degree, during the first two years of which language skills will be carefully developed. 

These 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 or Spanish.

Two-year Common law LLB (Accelerated)

The Common Law LLB two-year 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 degree in two years rather than four years.


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 2021

Summary of entry requirements for Common Law

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAAAAA Higher or AAAA + BB Advanced Higher (AAABB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English. LNAT.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)

  • Additional requirements: Higher English. LNAT. Successful completion of Reach.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAA
  • Additional requirements: A-level English or GCSE English Grade A/ 7. LNAT.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 38 (6,6,6 HL) – 34 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English. LNAT.


As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pearson VUE has closed a number of its Test Centres around the World. Many of the Test Centres which remain open are operating at only 50% of normal capacity. This has made it more difficult for potential applicants to arrange to take the test. Therefore, we have adjusted our requirements.

For applicants based in the UK: The deadline for completing the LNAT has been extended until 26 February 2021 in order to ensure that you will have sufficient time to take the Test. Candidates from island communities who would incur unreasonably high expenditure in sitting the LNAT at the nearest available test centre may apply for a waiver. Applicants who are in this situation should email law-ug-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk to provide detail and information on how to complete a waiver declaration will be provided.

For applicants based outside the UK: If you cannot reasonably travel to a test centre to sit an LNAT test during the test availability period of 1 September 2020 to 31 July 2021, the University of Glasgow may waive this requirement. To be considered for an LNAT waiver, we ask you to complete an LNAT waiver declaration. International applicants will be emailed the details on how to complete a waiver declaration within one month of submitting their application. 

2021 Admissions Policy and further information about entry requirements

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

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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:


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 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

If you intend to become a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales the current requirement is that you must, in addition to the Common Law LLB, complete a one-year postgraduate vocational qualification: the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers, and proceed to the remaining requirements of full-time training for professional qualification. There is then a period of full-time training for two years to become a solicitor or one year to become a barrister.

However, this system is due to change shortly. The Solicitors Regulation Authority intends to introduce a new, independent, centralised assessment called the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Our degree will, however, continue to be a qualifying law Degree for the Bar Standards Board, and foundational for those seeking entry to the legal profession in a range of jurisdictions. 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 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.


The LLB (Common Law) is a Qualifying Law Degree in England and Wales, which is recognised by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Bar Standards Board. It is also a recognised law degree according to the Bar Council of India, and the Council of Legal Education in Northern Ireland. Accreditation requirements vary in other jurisdictions.

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. For information specific to these, contact law-ug-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk.

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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


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.

Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a number of Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new International and EU students for 2021 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.  

RUK Access Bursary

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2021/22, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

RUK Excellence Scholarship

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for the first year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the University. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.

Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.

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). 

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
  • 15 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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