Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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Subject area: Law

Why choose Law at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked 6th in the UK and in the world's top 25 universities for law in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

  • Studying in Scotland’s capital, you will be at the heart of Edinburgh’s legal centre, with the highest courts in Scotland a five-minute walk away. You will also benefit from access to some of the best academic law materials in Europe in our newly refurbished law library.

  • You will join a supportive law community and be assigned to a LawPALS group – our peer assisted learning scheme, which is designed to help you adapt to the study of law.

  • Edinburgh Law School has been educating and training some of the world’s finest legal minds for more than 300 years.

  • In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to go to one of our partner universities in Europe, the Far East or the USA.

  • You will have the opportunity to contribute to the Edinburgh Student Law Review. Managed and written by students, the Review aims to provide a forum for law students to engage with current legal issues and debates.

Study abroad

The programme is very challenging and prospective employers in my field are aware of that. If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere!

Julita Burgess LLB Law (Graduate Entry) graduate
Julita Burgess LLB Law (Graduate Entry) graduate

Introducing Law

Our Law School has a strong international reputation for research and our teaching staff offer expertise across a wide range of legal fields. There is also a vibrant law student community, which organises many social, careers and other law-related events.

Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programmes will teach you the general principles of law and how to apply them to specific situations and cases. You will develop analytical skills and legal research skills and learn how to present an argument clearly, accurately and persuasively.

There are two facets to the study of law. First, it is an academic discipline, which is studied with a view to furthering modern understanding of its origins and growth, and its interaction with related disciplines including those such as:

  • economics
  • politics
  • sociology
  • history

Concepts such as the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession, and access to justice for all, are at the heart of legal study.

Secondly, law has a practical aspect which is studied with a view to enabling you to become a practising solicitor or advocate. Accurate problem solving and understanding of the structures of our society, which result from the study of law, are highly valued skills.

As a law student, you will learn about the formal structures of our society and the role of law in shaping society.


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.

Scots law

At Edinburgh you will study Scots law. Students interested in practising law in England or Wales need to be aware that there are significant differences between Scots and English law. Nevertheless, a number of our graduates also go on to qualify and practise as a lawyer in other jurisdictions in the UK, Europe, and elsewhere, in accordance with the relevant local conversion requirements and any further study required in the non-Scottish destination jurisdiction.

International students who wish to undertake the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, with a view to qualifying as a solicitor in Scotland, should be aware of the need to meet the appropriate visa requirements. Currently, the salary threshold for a Scottish law firm to sponsor a tier 2 visa for a trainee/solicitor is £24,000, which is significantly more than a first year trainee's recommended salary.

For further advice, please see the Law Society of Scotland's guidance.

Guidance for foreign students

Joint honours

Law is offered with a range of other subjects. If you intend to proceed to qualification as a lawyer in Scotland, please contact the School to check if your chosen joint honours programme allows you to cover all required courses for progression to practise.