Degree Programme Specification 2020/2021
LL.B. Honours in Law
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Programme structure and features
The Honours degree takes 4 years to complete and requires students to achieve 480 credits in total. Students will normally take 240 credits of ordinary courses (SCQF level 8) in years 1 and 2, and 240 credits (SCQF level 10) of Honours courses in years 3 and 4.
Ordinary courses – years 1 and 2
The Law School offers a range of Ordinary (SCQF level 08) courses. Some courses are compulsory for the award of the LLB. Some courses are required for entry to the profession, either as a solicitor (required by the Law Society of Scotland) or as an advocate (required by the Faculty of Advocates). The table below sets out all Ordinary courses available in the Law School, together with a note as to whether they are required for the degree of LLB, or by the Law Society of Scotland or the Faculty of Advocates. Students wishing to enter the legal profession in Scotland must ensure that they pass the appropriate subjects below.
Further information is supplied in the student handbook issued to all first year students:
Advice will also be provided by Personal Tutors.
Honours Syllabus – Years 3 and 4
Application to Honours is made at the end of second year. Once admitted to Honours study, students take the compulsory course in Advanced Legal Methods (20 credits) plus 100 credits of Honours subjects in year 3. In addition, students in their final year (year 4) undertake a dissertation (worth 40 credits), which is researched and written by the student over the course of the year, under supervision from an academic member of staff.
Students have a free choice deciding on their Honours subjects, but the number of places in each course is limited. These Honours subjects range over the whole field of legal interest. Examples are Family Law, International Law, Commercial Law, Medical Jurisprudence and Media Law. Each course involves more advanced study of the topic in question than at Ordinary level. The emphasis is on the development of critical and analytical skills
Programme information (including individual courses):
Full details of the degree programme and structure can be seen at http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk
Teaching and Learning Methods
Methods of teaching and learning in the Law School vary from subject to subject but, in general, formal lecturing provides the teaching framework in years 1 and 2 complemented by small group tutorial sessions. Tutorials usually comprise 12-14 students and thus give students an important opportunity to engage directly with their tutor. Lectures and tutorials are replaced at Honours level by two-hour seminars in which students are expected to discuss and explore topics in more depth. While Ordinary courses tend to focus on building student knowledge and applying that knowledge to problem-solving, Honours is more concerned with critical analysis, structured and coherent argument, and independence of thought.
In order to ensure continuation from one year of study to the next without the need for an extension to the total period of study, a full-time student must achieve a minimum of:
Students who do not make satisfactory progress may need to take a part-time catch up year.
The Undergraduate Certificate or Undergraduate Diploma of Higher Education may be attained by students who leave the University without completing a degree programme, where the student meets the requirements of one of these qualifications as set out below.
Students for the Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education must have attained a minimum of 120 credit points gained from passes in courses of this University which count towards graduation.
Students for the Undergraduate Diploma of Higher Education must have attained a minimum of 240 credit points. At least 120 credit points must be gained from passes in courses of this University counting towards graduation and at least 90 of the 120 credit points gained from courses passed at this University must be in courses at level 8 or above.
Teaching and learning workload
You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.
At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.
The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.
Assessment method balance
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.
The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.