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Undergraduate Course: Trusts and Succession Law (LAWS10096)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is divided, approximately equally, between the Law of Trusts and the Law of Succession. The focus is on Scots Law but there will also be a comparative element.
Course description Students will become familiar with an advanced analysis of the law of trusts and succession in Scotland as it is used to transfer and manage wealth during life and upon death. The course is split broadly into two parts. The first considers the core policy objectives and doctrines of the law of succession in Scotland, and will consider some examples of comparative law, particularly mixed and common law jurisdictions, where appropriate. The second considers advanced topics in the administration and organisation of trust law in Scotland, as well as the conceptual nature of the Scottish trust; this part of the course will take account of some comparative developments in onshore and offshore jurisdictions of the Anglo-common law world, as they inform an understanding of Scots law and the policy issues with which it is concerned.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Trusts and Succession Ordinary (LAWS08089) OR Succession and Trust Law (LAWS08130)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Spaces on this course are allocated as part of the Law Honours Course Allocation process. Places are generally only available to students who must take Law courses. To request a space on this course, please email
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  32
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 38, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 351 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay and exam
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. This course will build on the foundation laid in the ordinary part of the LLB curriculum and in particular on the work done in property law (ordinary), a pass in which is a prerequisite for this course. Students' skills in the following areas will be developed:
  2. - using legal materials; practical reasoning;
  3. - appreciation of the law in its social, economic and historical contexts; evaluation and criticism of the law;
  4. - research, gaining knowledge and understanding which may be applied and adapted in future;
  5. - transferable skills such as: (a) communication skills, oral and in writing; (b) intellectual skills, of collecting, organising, evaluating, synthesising and presenting material and arguments, and including the ability to question assumptions, to frame and test hypotheses, to detect fallacies and to think autonomously; (c) general skills, in managing time, working independently, and taking responsibility for own work
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KeywordsTrusts hons
Course organiserDr Daniel Carr
Course secretaryMr Ryan McGuire
Tel: (0131 6)50 2339
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