Common Law (graduate entry) LLB
This is a fast-track undergraduate degree, which is available to graduates of any discipline, including Law.
The two-year degree provides graduates with a pathway towards professional qualification.
- The programme is approved as a Qualifying Law Degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in England & Wales.
- This flexible degree offers courses that put an emphasis on developing the key skills required by employers.
- The programme provides you with a sound general foundation for a range of careers, such as the civil service, local government, journalism, industry and commerce, international institutions, administration, banking, insurance, social work and the police service.
- On successful completion of the LLB you will have the opportunity to combine your qualification with one of our seven specialised or general LLM (Master of Laws) degrees.
The degree requires two years of full-time study and provides a pathway towards professional qualification.
- Common law system and method
- Constitutional law
- English criminal law
- European law
- Law of contract
- Law of tort
- Business organisations
- Commercial law
- Common law tradition
- English land law
- Equity and trusts
- Law and government
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.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018
About entry requirements
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
Applications to Law will be considered from graduates provided they have a minimum of 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent international degree.
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.
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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited 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 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:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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.
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 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.
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:
- Common Law (fast track: graduates only): M900
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
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
The deadlines for applications to the LLB (graduate entry) 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.
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 June.
If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer once we have received any requested documentation.
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.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.