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LLB Law and Business

UCAS code: MN11

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Law

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Accreditation
Study abroad

Introducing LLB Law and Business

Our joint programmes allow you to study law alongside another academic discipline. Over four years of study you will take a range of courses from both the Law School and the Business School.

There are important connections between business and the law, in particular in property rights and contracting, and business practices. The joint LLB in Law and Business aims to promote:

  • advanced knowledge and understanding of the theory
  • concepts and rules of Law
  • exploration of the global, dynamic climate of contemporary business and management

Business

Studying business will prepare you for the social, political, environmental and cultural challenges facing contemporary businesses, governments and not-for-profit organisations.

Taught by world-leading industry professionals and researchers, you will develop personal and professional competencies such as:

  • authentic leadership
  • ethical, responsible, sustainable business behaviour
  • entrepreneurial practice
  • effective communication

Competency Framework

This will enable you to work across a range of roles in contemporary business including:

  • accountancy and finance
  • strategy
  • marketing
  • human resource management
  • data analytics
  • entrepreneurship and innovation

The Business School Student Development team provide opportunities for you to develop a range of essential business graduate competencies.

You may take undergraduate Edinburgh Awards supported by an alumni professional mentor and trained coaches:

  • Personal and Professional Development (Year 2)
  • Effective and Responsible Leadership (Year 3 or 4)

Edinburgh Awards

You can also participate in a large number of business societies, business events and peer-support schemes.

Accreditation

Law

Our LLB programmes are accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. However, 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.

It may be possible, in discussion with the Law School , for joint honours students to meet these requirements by studying additional courses.

Business

Business School programmes are accredited by a range of world-leading business education organisations and professional bodies. We have strong links to the world of practice through research, consultancy and teaching.

On the joint LLB programme you will study Scots law alongside business.

In Years 1 and 2, you will study foundation 'Ordinary' courses.

In Years 3 and 4, courses are studied at 'Honours' level, where you will choose from up to 40 specialist courses covering a range of theoretical, practical and historical fields of study.

If you wish to retain the option of practising as a lawyer in Scotland, it may sometimes (but not always) be possible to complete the additional courses required.

Where this is an option, it will typically require extra study throughout the programme. You must consider the possible impact of this on qualifying as a solicitor.

We highly encourage all students on joint degree honours programmes to discuss their intended pathway with the Law School.

Year 1

Law

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
  • Family Law
  • Public Law of the UK and Scotland
  • European Union Law

Business

In Year 1 you will study Global Challenges for Business and The Business of Edinburgh. These courses will introduce key concepts of management and business, including:

  • strategy
  • finance
  • marketing
  • people management

Year 2

Law

You will study the compulsory courses Commercial Law and Business Entities, alongside other law courses which may include:

  • Property Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Public Law and Individual Rights
  • Delict
  • Criminal Law
  • Revenue Law
  • International Private Law
  • Evidence
  • Succession and Trust Law

Business

You will choose two optional courses in a range of disciplines such as:

  • finance
  • marketing
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • organisation studies
  • international business
  • business analytics
  • understanding and delivering public services
  • human resource management
  • business economics
  • business simulation

Year 3

You will receive advanced legal skills training during your honours study and 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
  • Criminology

You will also study the compulsory courses Strategic Management and Advanced Legal Writing alongside additional optional courses in business.

Year 4

This is the final year of the LLB (Hons) programme.

You will choose further law courses to expand your specialist knowledge.

You will write a dissertation. This will help you develop your legal research and writing skills.

You will also study further courses in business.

Programme structure

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

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2023/24)

Our facilities

The Law School has been housed in the Old College since the late 1800s. Our traditional and historic home underwent a full refurbishment, completed in 2019. This transformed the building into a 21st century home for the School, while celebrating and preserving the heritage and history of Old College.

As a student at Edinburgh Law School, you will benefit from excellent teaching, study, and research facilities.

Designed for the way you study, the new features include:

  • a law library
  • spacious seminar rooms
  • dedicated student social spaces, including a café

Our library is one of the largest law libraries in the UK.

The Law School is ideally placed for those studying and working in the law. It is within easy walking distance of the highest courts in Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.

The Business School

The Business School is located in a dedicated Business School building in George Square, in the middle of the central campus.

All business teaching takes place across the central campus. Depending on your course selection, you may be required to travel to the King’s Buildings if you are studying courses in Science and Engineering.

You will have access to:

  • specialist business resources in the central Main Library (books, journals, databases)
  • dedicated student experience and student development support

For specialist business analytics, business research and finance related courses, we have dedicated teaching labs (and associated software and databases). We also have our own Business School Cafe.

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity to study abroad in Year 3 through the University's international exchange programme.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

Large group lectures provide the teaching framework for law in Years 1 and 2. These are complemented by small group tutorial sessions.

Year 1 students will normally have two or three lectures per week for each course. You will also have a regular tutorial for each course.

Years 3 and 4 consist of two-hour seminars, rather than lectures and tutorials. You will discuss and explore topics in more depth.

All Year 1 students have access to Edinburgh's Law Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme (Law PALS) and the Business School BizPALS. The Mooting Society also 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.

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.

Please note however that this is only possible following a joint degree programme if you have completed all additional courses required to proceed to the Diploma.

You can then opt to go to the Bar, to qualify as an advocate. This requires a period of 'devilling' under the supervision and direction of a practising advocate.

Careers outside Scotland

Graduates who qualify to practise, may also go on to qualify and practise law in other jurisdictions, in Europe and elsewhere.

This is in accordance with the relevant local conversion requirements and any further study required in the non-Scottish destination jurisdiction.

Non-legal careers

Graduates who do not choose a legal career often use their skills and experience for employment in areas such as:

  • finance
  • management
  • journalism

Our graduates have also worked with international organisations such as the United Nations and the European Union.

Business graduates

Business graduates are valued by employers across the world, and graduates from our programmes are highly sought after in the job market.

Our graduates secure employment in a diverse range of fields, the most popular being:

  • accountancy
  • management
  • consulting
  • finance
  • marketing
  • human resources

During your time as a student in the Business School and following graduation, our Careers Service will help you fully develop your potential and achieve your future goals.

Careers Service

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAAA (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5.
  • A Levels: A*AA.
  • IB: 39 points with 666 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: English at B, at first attempt. National 5s: Mathematics at B.
  • A Levels: English Literature, English Language or combined English at B. GCSEs: Mathematics at B or 6. English Language and English Literature GCSE , both at A or 7, are accepted in place of A Level English.
  • IB: HL: English at 5. SL: Mathematics at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

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

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB 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 at C
  • GCSE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate at C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.

(Revised 29 August 2023 to remove PTE Academic Online)

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

Unless you are a national of a majority English speaking country, your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start of the month in which the degree you are applying to study begins. If you are using an IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE test, it must be no more than two years old on the first of the month in which the degree begins, regardless of your nationality.

English language requirements

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It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for LLB Law and Business

Additional costs

On some courses, you will be encouraged to buy additional learning materials for learning and assessments.

If you choose to study abroad in Year 3, you will have additional costs. Costs will vary depending on the country and partner university.

Additional costs while studying abroad may include:

  • insurance
  • visa requirements
  • accommodation
  • internet access
  • travel

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