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Degree of Bachelor of Laws (Ordinary Degree, and Degree with Honours): Introduction

The Degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is offered as both a professional and general qualification. Students following the latter type of curriculum may confine their studies to purely legal subjects or combine them with approved subjects in other Schools in the College of Humanities and Social Science and the College of Science and Engineering. Teaching is based on Scots Law but English and other systems are considered where appropriate.

Notes on Progress towards Legal Practice

Students who intend entering the Legal Professions in Scotland should ensure that they include within their curriculum for the LLB those subjects which the Law Society of Scotland, and the Faculty of Advocates, may from time to time stipulate within their Regulations. The Degree Programme Tables for the single Honours and Ordinary LLB programmes indicate the courses which meet the requirements of the Law Society of Scotland.

The Normal Curricula for LLB programmes in which Law is combined with another subject indicate the courses in which passes are required for the award of the LLB itself on that particular programme. Such curricula do not, in themselves, qualify a graduate for progress towards legal practice in Scotland.

However, students on combined LLB programmes may, by arrangement with their Directors of Studies, take courses additional to those specified in the Normal Curriculum, up to a limit of 40 credits per session in the 2nd, and/or 3rd, years of their programme. Also included within that 40-credit limit will be any course being retaken or otherwise carried to the year in question from a previous year, and therefore such courses may limit students opportunities to complete a professionally qualifying curriculum.

It should be noted that it cannot be guaranteed that professionally qualifying curricula will be available under all circumstances to all students on combined LLB programmes. If a student's professionally qualifying curriculum would involve, in the 3rd year, a timetable clash between a Law Ordinary course usually taken in the 2nd year and a 3rd year prescribed Honours course in a subject other than Law, then that Law Ordinary course will be unavailable to the student in that year. Students who encounter such difficulties should decide whether to continue with a (non-professionally qualifying) combined programme, or explore whether a professionally qualifying curriculum would be available by changing to the LLB [single] Honours programme.

Students who begin an combined LLB programme but later wish to change to another should note that the programme to which they wish to change may require some additional courses for graduation which are not required for graduation from the programme which they have begun. Again, it cannot be guaranteed that such additional courses can be available to all students under all circumstances. For that reason LLB students on combined programmes need to consider carefully, particularly at the end of the 1st year of the programme, whether they may wish to transfer to another LLB programme.

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