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LLB Law (Graduate Entry)

UCAS code: M115

Duration: 2 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Law

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Introducing LLB Law (Graduate Entry)

The Graduate LLB is a two-year programme intended for those who already hold a degree-level qualification and wish to obtain an undergraduate qualification in law.

The Graduate LLB is designed primarily to prepare you for entry to the Scottish legal profession. You will build the ideal foundation for further professional study in law. This usually means going on to take the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (known as Professional Education and Training stage 1, or PEAT 1).

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.

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

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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.

The Graduate LLB programme follows the regular Ordinary LLB degree pattern for Years 1 and 2. However, all compulsory courses listed below are required for the award of the Graduate LLB (Ordinary) and for progression towards legal practice in Scotland.

The Law Society of Scotland requires that you take 240 credits of law subjects in order to obtain a qualifying degree.

Therefore, all courses taken on the Graduate LLB (Ordinary) must be law courses if you wish to obtain a qualifying degree for legal practice.

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

You will also choose a selection of law optional courses.

Year 2

You will build on the skills and knowledge obtained in Year 1 with a selection of compulsory courses including:

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

You will also take one law optional course.

This is the final year of study for the LLB Law (Graduate Entry).

Year 3

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

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

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

Year 4

You choose further courses to expand your specialist knowledge, and normally write a dissertation. 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.

How will I learn?

Large group lectures are complemented by small study groups.

All Year 1 students have access to Edinburgh's Law Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme (LawPALS)*. The Mooting Society also provides you with opportunities to learn and practise courtroom skills.

*(PALS): Peer-assisted Learning Scheme

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. 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.

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.

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. For further information please contact the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Admissions Office.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Admissions Office

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 (Graduate Entry)

Additional costs

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


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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School: Law

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences