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LLB Law (Ordinary and Honours)

UCAS code: M114

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Law

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

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Introducing LLB Law (Ordinary and Honours)

The LLB at Edinburgh is designed to prepare you for a career as a lawyer in Scotland, providing the ideal foundation for further professional study.

In accordance with the requirements of the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates, we will ensure you gain the legal skills and knowledge needed for a future as either a solicitor, or as an advocate, in the Scottish legal profession.

The LLB is not only a gateway to practising law. Many of our graduates opt not to practise law, and find the LLB to be an excellent grounding for many other careers in areas such as:

  • financial services
  • politics
  • journalism
  • public policy
  • government work

The LLB programme will provide you with a range of useful skills in logic and rhetoric, transferable to other academic and professional fields.

The programme aims to promote advanced knowledge and understanding of the theory, concepts and rules of law in their socio-economic, institutional, and historical frameworks.

While the programme is grounded in Scots law and the Scots legal system, you will also be made familiar with the law and legal systems in the other parts of the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the wider world.

This programme is intended as a qualifying degree for professional practice in Scotland. However, a number of graduates 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.


Our LLB programmes are accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. You will be required to study certain courses to graduate with a fully qualifying degree.

On the LLB programme you will study Scots law.

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 specialist courses covering a range of theoretical, practical and historical fields of study.

The Honours programme in Years 3 and 4 places a strong emphasis on developing your analytical ability, with importance placed on written and oral skills.

There are also opportunities to hone your oral skills through participation in legal 'moots' which reproduce a courtroom environment. Mooting is just one of the ways in which the Law School encourages you to develop legal skills through a range of innovative learning methods.

Year 1

You will be introduced to general legal principles and legal techniques. You 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

You will also have the opportunity to select from a range of optional courses, including elective courses in law.

Year 2

Your courses will include:

  • Property Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Public Law and Individual Rights
  • Delict
  • Criminal Law

For professional purposes the following courses are also required:

  • Business Entities
  • Commercial Law
  • Evidence
  • Succession and Trust Law

You will also have the opportunity to select a course from a range of options including elective courses in law.

Year 3

You will receive advanced legal skills training during your honours study. You will also 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 course Advanced Legal Writing.

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

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

Year 4

You will choose further optional advanced courses to expand your specialist knowledge, and write a dissertation, based on a topic studied in Year 3. 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.

Our facilities

The Law School has been housed in the beautiful Old College since the late 1800s. Our traditional and historic home has recently undergone a complete refurbishment as part of a £35m project.

As a student at Edinburgh Law School, you will benefit from brand new teaching, study, and research facilities that are at once historic and modern.

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

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

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

Within easy walking distance of the highest courts in Scotland and the Scottish Parliament, the Law School is ideally appointed and placed for those studying and working in the law.

Study abroad

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

Further information on study abroad opportunities can be found at the University's Go Abroad pages:

Go Abroad pages

How will I learn?

Large group lectures provide the teaching framework in Years 1 and 2, complemented by small group tutorial sessions.

Year 1 students will usually have two or three lectures per course, per week, plus a regular tutorial.

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.

Years 3 and 4 consist of two-hour seminars, rather than lectures and tutorials, in which students are expected to discuss and explore topics in more depth.

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.

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.

Practising in other jurisdictions

This programme is intended as a qualifying degree for professional practice in Scotland. There are rules in place which which enable a Scots-qualified solicitor or advocate relatively quickly to re-qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.

A number of graduates 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.

Other opportunities

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.

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 - AAA.
  • IB: 39 points with 666 at HL - 37 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.
  • A Levels: English Literature, English Language or combined English at B. English Language and English Literature GCSE, both at A or 7, are accepted in place of A Level English.
  • IB: HL: English 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

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


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
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • 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.

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

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for LLB Law (Ordinary and Honours)

Additional costs

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

If you choose to study abroad in Year 3 additional costs should be anticipated. Costs will vary depending on the country/partner university.

Additional costs may include:

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


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

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How to apply

School: Law

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences