Undergraduate 

Scots Law LLB

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The Scots law degree is the required degree for those planning to enter the Scottish legal profession. It is also an excellent foundation for students who wish to work in legal practice in other countries and in many other careers. The Scots 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.

  • September start: session dates
  • Scots Law LLB (Hons): M114 4 year degree

Law at Glasgow

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 this degree 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 can I do with a Law degree?

The most common reason for choosing to study law is to become a lawyer. Many of our graduates will proceed to take the professional qualifications needed to practise as solicitors or advocates in Scotland. Others have gone on to practise in other jurisdictions, for example, with law firms in England and Wales. Some have qualified for the Bar in states in America and Canada or achieved appointments within the European Court of Human Rights and the European Commission. The flexibility of the law degree at Glasgow, together with the emphasis on developing key skills required by employers and the opportunities available to study abroad and to gain practical experience in placements, means that the LLB degree provides a sound general foundation for a range of different careers.

What kinds of opportunities does the Law School offer?

As well as benefiting from excellent teaching, Glasgow 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) programme is an exacting intellectual discipline and offers a thorough grounding in the principles of basic 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:

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

You will also have the opportunity to take options such as Roman law of property 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
  • 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

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.

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 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

for entry in 2020

LLB

A-levels

  • Standard entry requirements: AAA guaranteed offer if meet additional requirements met.
  • Minimum entry requirements: Applicants must meet Standard entry requirements.
  • Additional requirements: A-level English or GCSE English Literature & Language at Grade A (or Grade 7 or above).
     
    LNAT at cut-off score or better.

About A-level entry requirements

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).


Note: LNAT

All applicants to LLB degrees (with the exception of the Accelerated LLB) are required to take the Law National Admissions Test by 20 January 2020. The LNAT is run by a consortium of UK universities and comprises an on-screen test (95 minutes) and essay questions (40 minutes). It is designed to assess verbal reasoning skills and command of written English. The LNAT score together with the STANDARD and ADDITIONAL Entry Requirements will be used to select applicants for offer. The LNAT score cut-off points vary from year to year. Information on how to sit the test can be found at www.lnat.ac.uk.

A-Level qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.


Highers

  • S5 standard entry requirements: AAAAA guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • S5 minimum entry requirements: AAABB to be considered for S6 offer.
  • S6 standard entry requirements: AAAA and Advanced Highers at BB cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders.
  • Additional requirements: Higher English.
     
    LNAT at cut-off score or better.
     
    Applicants with conditional offers based on S6 results are encouraged to study Advanced Highers in Arts or Social Science subjects.

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

  • Adjusted S5 standard entry requirements: AAABB/ABBBBB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Adjusted S5 minimum entry requirements: No minimum at S5.
  • Adjusted S6 standard entry requirements: AAABB/ABBBBB cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders. Considered for offer at BBBBB.
  • Adjusted additional requirements: Higher English at Grade B. 
     
    LNAT at cut-off score or better (see note below).
     
    Successful completion and grades in the Reach Programme.

About Higher 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.


Note: LNAT

All applicants to LLB degrees (with the exception of the Accelerated LLB) are required to take the Law National Admissions Test by 20 January 2020. The LNAT is run by a consortium of UK universities and comprises an on-screen test (95 minutes) and essay questions (40 minutes). It is designed to assess verbal reasoning skills and command of written English. The LNAT score together with the STANDARD and ADDITIONAL Entry Requirements will be used to select applicants for offer. The LNAT score cut-off points vary from year to year. Information on how to sit the test can be found at www.lnat.ac.uk.


International

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,6 guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5 considered for offer if additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: English at HL6.
     
    LNAT at cut-off score or better.

About International Baccalaureate entry requirements

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).


International Baccalureate qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.

Note: LNAT

All applicants to LLB degrees (with the exception of the Accelerated LLB) are required to take the Law National Admissions Test by 20 January 2020. The LNAT is run by a consortium of UK universities and comprises an on-screen test (95 minutes) and essay questions (40 minutes). It is designed to assess verbal reasoning skills and command of written English. The LNAT score together with the STANDARD and ADDITIONAL Entry Requirements will be used to select applicants for offer. The LNAT score cut-off points vary from year to year. Information on how to sit the test can be found at www.lnat.ac.uk.


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

English language requirements

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 advocate in Scotland you must, in addition to the professional subjects taken as part of the Scots Law 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.

Graduates of the Scots Law LLB are regularly recruited by international firms and may go on to practise law in England and Wales, the USA, Australia and elsewhere. Qualification in other jurisdictions involves additional study and examination in the law of the relevant 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

All Scots Law LLB degrees allow entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and thereafter to become either a solicitor in Scotland (under the Law Society of Scotland) or to be called to the Scottish Bar (by the Faculty of Advocates).

The Scots Law LLB degree and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice are fully accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.

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)

  • Scots Law: M114
  • Scots Law with French Language: M1R1
  • Scots Law with French Legal Studies: M121
  • Scots Law with German Language: M1R2
  • Scots Law with German Legal Studies: M122
  • Scots Law with Italian Language: M1R3
  • Scots Law with Italian Legal Studies: M1M9
  • Scots Law with Portuguese Language: M1R5
  • Scots Law with Russian Language: M1RR
  • Scots Law with Spanish Language: M1R4
  • Scots Law with Spanish Legal Studies: M123
  • Scots Law/Business & Management: MN12
  • Scots Law/Economics: ML11
  • Scots Law/English Literature: MQ13
  • Scots Law/Gaelic Language: MQ15
  • Scots Law/History: MV11
  • Scots Law/International Relations: M1L2
  • Scots Law/Philosophy: MV15
  • 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). 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, students 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 LLB (Fast track)

The accelerated LLB allows graduates in other disciplines to obtain a degree which will qualify them for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and the solicitor branch of the legal profession in two years. The two-year degree is available to all applicants holding a first degree.

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.

RUK Access Bursary 2019 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 2019-20 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 2019

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

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean descent. 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 only.

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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.

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). International students may also apply via The Common Application – however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.

Application 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 (UCAS only). Students residing in the UK/EU should apply by the 15 January and International students should apply by the 30 June on the year of entry.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these 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 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.

Apply on commonapp.org (international students only)

Tuition Fee Status

Tuition fee status is determined by nationality and country of ordinary residence.

If you are a UK/EU citizen living outside the EU for over three years, it is likely that you will have to pay the international fee.

If you are unsure of your fee status, it is strongly advised that you apply by the 15 January deadline and submit a Fee Status Enquiry form as soon as possible.

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.

Apply on commonapp.org (international students only)

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