Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

LLB Law and Politics

UCAS code: ML12

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Law

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing LLB Law and Politics

This combined honours programme does not include all courses required to proceed to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and thereafter to the legal profession in Scotland.

For students on joint honours programmes who wish to retain the option of practising as a lawyer in Scotland, it may be possible to complete the additional courses required. Where this is an option, it will typically require extra study throughout the programme.

Students who wish to undertake a joint honours programme should therefore consider the possible impact of this on qualifying as solicitors, and discuss this with their Personal Tutor on arrival in the Law School.

Year 1

You will be introduced to general legal principles and legal techniques and will study compulsory courses including Scottish Legal System, Critical Legal Thinking, Contract Law, and European Union Law.

Year 2

Your courses will include Property Law, Jurisprudence, Evidence and Criminal Law.

Year 3

You will have the opportunity to specialise in further law subjects, chosen from a wide range of courses, including Commercial Law, International Law, Property Law, Family Law and Criminology. You will receive legal skills training during your honours study.

If you are studying law with a language you will spend Year 3 abroad. For other students, study abroad is an option.

Year 3 is the final stage of the LLB (Ordinary) programme.

Year 4

You choose further courses to expand your specialist knowledge, and write a dissertation. This will help you develop your legal research and writing skills. This is the final year of the LLB (Hons) programme.

If you are planning to enter the Scottish legal profession, you will need to complete the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice after you graduate. You can apply for the diploma during the final year of the LLB programme.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

All teaching takes place within the University's Central Area.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the Erasmus programme or the University's international exchange programme.

How will I learn?

Large group lectures are complemented by small study groups in Years 1 and 2, while classes are taught by way of round-table seminars in Years 3 and 4. All Year 1 students have access to Edinburgh's Law Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme (Law PALS) and the Mooting Society provides you with opportunities to learn and practise courtroom skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

After graduating you can progress to the legal profession in Scotland by completing the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, followed by a traineeship with a legal firm, to qualify as a solicitor. You can then opt to go to the Bar, to qualify as an advocate. There are also opportunities for Scottish-qualified lawyers to practise in other jurisdictions, including other member states of the European Union.

Graduates who do not choose a legal career often use their skills and experience for employment in finance, management or journalism or with international organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAAA.
  • A Levels: A*AA.
  • IB: 43 points (grades 776 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6 with BBB, including English at first attempt. BBB must be achieved in a single sitting by the end of S5. National 5: Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB including English Literature or English Language. GCSEs: Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4. Note: English Language and English Literature GCSE both at Grade A or 7 are accepted in place of A Level English.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including English. SL: Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for LLB Law and Politics

Additional Costs

None.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

More information

How to apply

School: Law

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences