Scots Law LLB

The Scots Law degree is intended for applicants from Scotland or who are intending to pursue a legal career in Scotland. The Scots Law curriculum offers intellectual depth and has a range of flexible options reflecting a wide spectrum of interests within the School of Law.

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

Programme structure

Year 1

Initially you will study:

  • Introduction to legal study
  • Constitutional law
  • Obligations (contract, delict and unjustified enrichment)
  • Family law.

You will also have the opportunity to take options such as Roman law of properties and obligations and Criminal law and evidence.

Year 2

In the following year, you will study:

  • Jurisprudence, 
  • Law and government.

If you intend to enter the Scottish Legal Profession you must take the following courses during your degree and these are normally taken in Year 2:

  • Business organisations
  • Commercial law
  • Criminal law and evidence
  • European Union law
  • Property law.

In addition there is a range of optional courses to choose from, covering topics such as International private law.

Years 3 and 4

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.

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.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2019

About entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 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 by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

Adjusted Entry Requirements

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.

Admissions Policy

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 represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

Admissions Policies

  • See our full A-level Admissions Policy
  • More information on our International Baccalaureate admissions requirements
  • A-levels

    • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
    • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
    • Other mandatory requirements: A-level English OR GCSE English Literature & Language. LNAT (see below).


    • Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAAA.
    • Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: AAABB.
    • Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAAAA including two Advanced Highers at Grades BB.
    • Other mandatory requirements: Higher English. Applicants with conditional offers based on S6 results are encouraged to study Advanced Highers in Arts or Social Science subjects. LNAT (see note below).

    We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete  one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.

    • Adjusted S5 academic entry requirements: AAABB.
    • Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: AAABB-BBBBBB.
    • Adjusted mandatory requirements: Higher English at Grade B. LNAT (see note below).

    International Baccalaureate

    • 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 All applicants to LLB degrees are required to take the Law National Admissions Test by 20 January 2019. The LNAT is run by a consortium of UK universities and comprises an on-screen test (80 minutes) and essay questions (40 minutes). It is designed to assess verbal reasoning skills and command of written English.  Offers will be made based on academic requirements having been met, or where there is the potential for them to be met, AND the LNAT score. Information on how to sit the test can be found at: www.lnat.ac.uk.

    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:


    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 advocate in Scotland you must, in addition to the LLB, complete a one-year postgraduate vocational qualification: the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. There is then a period of full-time training for two years to become a solicitor, and up to two and a half years to become an advocate.

    If you intend to become a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales after completion of the Scots Law degree, you can take a small number of additional subjects in the English legal system to qualify to undertake the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and proceed to the remaining requirements of full-time training for professional qualification.

    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.

    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)

    • KIS
      Scots Law: M114
    • Scots Law (fast track: graduates only): M115
    • KIS
      Scots Law with French Language: M1R1
    • KIS
      Scots Law with French Legal Studies: M121
    • KIS
      Scots Law with German Language: M1R2
    • KIS
      Scots Law with German Legal Studies: M122
    • KIS
      Scots Law with Italian Language: M1R3
    • KIS
      Scots Law with Italian Legal Studies: M1M9
    • Scots Law with Portuguese Language: M1R5
    • Scots Law with Russian Language: M1RR
    • KIS
      Scots Law with Spanish Language: M1R4
    • KIS
      Scots Law with Spanish Legal Studies: M123
    • Scots Law/Business & Management: MN12
    • KIS
      Scots Law/Business Economics: MN11
    • KIS
      Scots Law/Economic & Social History: MV13
    • KIS
      Scots Law/Economics: ML11
    • KIS
      Scots Law/English Literature: MQ13
    • KIS
      Scots Law/Gaelic Language: MQ15
    • KIS
      Scots Law/History: MV11
    • KIS
      Scots Law/Philosophy: MV15
    • KIS
      Scots Law/Politics: ML12
    • Scots Law/Social & Public Policy: ML14

    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 this degree, during the first two years of which language skills will be carefully developed. 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.

    Students taking a Joint Honours degree can complete all the courses necessary to apply for entry to the next stage of professional training for a career in Scottish law, the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. A Joint Honours degree does not involve a period of additional study but please note that in some cases timetabling issues may arise.

    Two-year LLB (Fast track)

    The accelerated LLB allows graduates in other disciplines to obtain a degree in two years which will qualify them for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and the solicitor branch of the legal profession. The two-year degree is available to all applicants holding a first degree at minimum of 2:1 
    or equivalent; however, preference may be given to degrees in Social Science subjects.

    Fees and funding

    Tuition fees

    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.

    Please note the following programmes are not yet approved for US Federal Loans funding. If you wish to apply for US Federal Loans funding to study on this programme please notify Carol Barnett (carol.barnett@glasgow.ac.uk).

    • Scots Law 
    • Scots Law (fast track: graduates only)
    • Scots Law/Business and Management
    • Scots Law/Economic and Social History
    • Scots Law/Economics
    • Scots Law/English Literature
    • Scots Law/Gaelic Language
    • Scots Law/History
    • Scots Law/Philosophy
    • Scots Law/Politics
    • Scots Law with French
    • Scots Law with German
    • Scots Law with Italian
    • Scots Law with Spanish

    The Lord Clarke Charitable Trust Scholarship

    The Lord Clarke Charitable Trust Scholarship will support a student with financial need to undertake the two-year graduate entry LLB degree. The Scholarship will cover University fees and a living stipend of £1,500 each semester for one student who has been accepted to study law as a second undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow, having previously graduated from a Scottish university with a proven record of academic excellence. Lord Clarke graduated with an MA in English Literature and Philosophy in 1967 and went on to take the Accelerated Law programme, graduating LLB in 1970. He was appointed a Judge in 2000. He and the Trustees of the Lord Clarke Charitable Trust have established this scholarship with the hope to encourage applications to the course from students with financial need who may otherwise decide not to apply.

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    RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry

    The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and  available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

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    RUK Excellence Scholarship 2018

    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). 

    more information

    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 Scots Law LLB or the Common 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.

    If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    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.

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