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LLB Law and Accountancy

UCAS code: MN14

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Law

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Accreditation
Study abroad

Introducing LLB Law and Accountancy

Joint programmes allow you to study law alongside another named academic discipline. Over four years of study you will take a range of courses from both the Law School and the School with which your programme is combined.

Studying a joint degree at Edinburgh provides you with wide-ranging academic foundations and a broader qualification to apply for postgraduate study or employment.

The joint LLB in Law and Accountancy aims to promote advanced knowledge and understanding of the theory, concepts and rules of law.

Accountancy is one of the fastest-growing areas of business activity. You will examine the basic principles, underlying concepts of Accountancy. You will also study the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision making. You will learn how accounting relates to the broader context of the strategic and operational aspects of business.

You will:

  • produce financial statements from the relevant transactions and events affecting organisations
  • analyse, interpret, and facilitate the use of accounting information
  • relate accounting to the broader context of the strategic and operational aspects of organisations

The study of internal management accounting systems places particular emphasis on cost calculation and control, and the provision of information for managerial decision making and performance evaluation.

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.

Accounting

Accounting is accredited by the:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

If you decide to undertake a professional accounting examination with an accountancy organisation (after you graduate), the proposed structure of the degree programme will allow you to be exempt from a number of subjects.

You can apply to join via the graduate entry route and will be awarded the appropriate exemptions (based upon our existing accreditation arrangements with the respective accountancy organisation) when you enrol for their professional examinations.

Professional membership to a professional accountancy organisation is subject to:

  • the terms and conditions specified
  • passing the required examinations
  • having a minimum period of work-related experience (as stipulated by the accountancy organisation)

Other terms and conditions may also apply. Check with the relevant accountancy organisation for full details.

Successful completion of the examinations and attainment of professional membership status with a professional accountancy organisation is regarded as a highly coveted and respected accounting qualification worldwide.

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

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.

If you wish to retain the option of practising as a lawyer in Scotland, it may - 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. Consequently, 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
  • Public Law of the UK and Scotland
  • Contract Law
  • Family Law
  • Critical Legal Thinking
  • European Union Law

Accounting

You will take two accounting courses where you will:

  • examine the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting
  • explore the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision-making
  • learn how accounting relates to the broader context of the strategic and operational aspects of business

You will also:

  • produce financial statements from the relevant transactions and events affecting organisations
  • analyse, interpret and facilitate the use of accounting information
  • relate accounting to the broader context of the strategic and operational aspects of organisations

The study of internal management accounting systems places particular emphasis on cost calculation and control, and the provision of information for managerial decision-making and performance evaluation.

Year 2

You will study the compulsory courses:

  • Business Entities
  • Commercial Law
  • Delict

You will also study other option courses in Law and two compulsory courses in accountancy.

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 course Advanced Legal Writing and three additional compulsory courses in accountancy.

Accounting

You will continue to specialise in your chosen area of accounting by studying:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Management Accounting Applications

The three accounting courses build on financial and management accounting studied in Years 1 and 2.

You will:

  • explore some of the more complex and controversial areas of financial reporting
  • develop a critical understanding of conceptual issues
  • enhance your technical and analytical skills
  • gain an understanding of the principles underlying the theory of auditing, the regulatory framework and practical audit approaches and techniques.
  • develop an appreciation of the benefits and limitations of management accounting systems in organisational contexts

    • critically interpret the use of management information, control and performance measurement

Year 4

You will choose further optional advanced courses in both law and accountancy 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.

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 (2022/23)

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, and dedicated student social spaces, including a café, at the heart of the School.

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.

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 choices, 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 Café.

Study abroad

There are opportunities 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 complemented by small group tutorial sessions.

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

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.

All Year 1 students have access to Edinburgh's Law Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme (LawPALS) and the Business School Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme (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.

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

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.

Graduates who qualify to practise, may also go on to qualify and practise law in other jurisdictions. In particular, there are rules which enable a Scots-qualified solicitor or advocate relatively quickly to re-qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.

Graduates may also go on to qualify and practise in Europe and elsewhere, 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.

Accounting opportunities

Accounting and business graduates are highly valued by employers across the world. Graduates of our programmes are highly sought after by a wide range of employers.

Those following the accountancy route can train to become a qualified accountant through a traineeship with an accountancy or commercial firm. Alternatively, you can also choose a career in taxation, finance or banking.

During your time as a student in the Business School and following graduation, the 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 - 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. 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: either Mathematics at 5 or Mathematical Studies at 6.

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.

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
  • 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 and Accountancy

Additional costs

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

If studying abroad in Year 3 is a compulsory or optional part of your degree programme, your costs will vary depending on the country/partner university. Additional costs 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