Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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LLB Law and Celtic

UCAS code: MQ15

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Law

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Accreditation
Study abroad

Introducing LLB Law and Celtic

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 - in this case, the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

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

The joint LLB in Law and Celtic aims to promote advanced knowledge and understanding of the theory, concepts and rules of law. Alongside this, you will learn about extraordinarily rich Celtic cultures, languages and literatures from the Middle Ages to the present day.

A range of courses allow you to develop your own interests in particular areas, periods, and disciplines of Celtic studies - including the option to study the Scottish Gaelic language to an advanced level. Our expertise extends to theoretical and practical issues of current sociolinguistics, language policy and language revitalisation.

Accreditation

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.

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

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 - 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

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.

You will also study courses in Celtic, choosing between studying the Gaelic language and Celtic Civilisation.

Gaelic language pathway

If you take the language pathway, your course will be determined by how much Scottish Gaelic you already know.

If you have no previous knowledge, you will gain confidence in written and spoken Scottish Gaelic by taking our Gaelic 1A course.

If you are an advanced speaker, our Gaelic 1B course will deepen your experience of Scottish Gaelic literature and develop your language skills.

Celtic Civilisation pathway

The civilisations pathway (courses Celtic Civilisation 1A and 1B) seeks to place the Celtic languages of the past and present into wider historical and contemporary context.

You will consider the impact of modern Celticness on how the past has been understood and will be introduced to Celtic Studies in the medieval and modern periods.

There is also the opportunity to combine the study of Celtic Civilisation with our basic language learning course, Introduction to Gaelic Language and Culture.

Year 2

Your courses may include:

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

You may also study courses in Celtic, further developing your understanding of the Scottish Gaelic language.

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 alongside additional, honours-level option courses in Celtic.

Modern courses in Celtic explore literary, cultural, and historical aspects of Gaelic Scotland and Ireland from around 1600 to the present day, such as linguistics and sociolinguistics, and advanced Gaelic language work aimed at developing high-level oral and writing skills.

Medieval courses in Celtic introduce the Early Irish and Medieval Welsh languages and develop your study of literature, history and culture.

Year 4

You will choose further courses to expand your specialist knowledge, and write a dissertation. This will help you develop your legal research and writing skills.

You will also study further courses in Celtic.

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

Law

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 student 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.

Celtic

Teaching in Celtic takes place in and around the University of Edinburgh's Central Area.

Our resources for the study of Celtic are outstanding. We hold the Celtic Class Library, which comprises a wide range of specialist materials, and the larger Scottish Studies Library. You will also have access to the University’s rare books and manuscripts, such as the Carmichael-Watson Collection, the Donald MacKinnon Collection, and the David Laing Collection.

One of the University's treasures is the School of Scottish Studies Archives, an extensive collection relating to the culture and tradition of Scotland. The Archives contain thousands of hours of recordings of songs, music, stories, rhyme and verse in Scots, Gaelic and English, as well as in dialects now extinct. There are also photographs and rarely-seen historic documents which capture exceptional and everyday aspects of Scottish culture and heritage.

We are founding members of Soillse (the National Research Network for the Maintenance and Revitalisation of Gaelic Language and Culture), the Gaelic Algorithmic Research Group, and Faclair na Gàidhlig, a collaborative project to publish an historical dictionary of Scottish Gaelic.

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?

Law

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 regular 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 (Law PALS)*. The Mooting Society also provides you with opportunities to learn and practise courtroom skills.

Celtic

In our Scottish Gaelic language teaching, there is an emphasis on interaction and developing fluency, and on building the strong linguistic competencies required for careers in the Gaelic world.

How will I be assessed?

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

Law

After graduating you can progress on 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 been able to complete all additional courses required for 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.

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.

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

Celtic

Thanks to an ever-broadening international reach, Celtic languages, literatures and cultures have a steady stream of enthusiastic new speakers and audiences.

In Scotland, particularly, developments such as the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, the creation of BBC Alba (the Gaelic digital television service), and the ongoing expansion of Gaelic-medium education have increased demand for highly-educated Gaelic speakers and specialists in Celtic culture.

Employment prospects are particularly high within:

  • education, outreach, advocacy and training
  • journalism, broadcasting and media
  • politics, policy work, diplomacy, civil service and law
  • publishing, culture, heritage and the arts

In some areas, there are more Gaelic-related jobs than there are people qualified to fill them.

Your transferable humanities skills and Intercultural Competence will also set you apart in sectors such as:

  • business, finance and commerce
  • communications, marketing, advertising and public relations
  • leisure, tourism and travel
  • research, development and venture acceleration
  • translating and interpreting

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: a language other than English at B.
  • A Levels: English Literature, English Language or combined English at B. GCSEs: a language other than English 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: a language other than English at 5.

Additional requirements

Language requirement

For degrees that have a subject requirement of a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable.

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 Celtic

Additional costs

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

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

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How to apply

School: Law

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences