Law: Accelerated Graduate LLB

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Law: Accelerated Graduate LLB
  • Type Full-time
  • Duration 24 Months
  • Start date September

Tikus Little Law Recruitment and Admissions
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland
UK
+44 (0) 1786 467354 www.law.stir.ac.uk

The Accelerated Graduate LLB is a two-year degree which is accredited by both the Law Society of Scotland and Faculty of Advocates. Combined with further training, the Accelerated Graduate LLB provides an entry route into the legal profession in Scotland, enabling graduates to practise as Scottish solicitors or advocates.

On completion, graduates wishing to become lawyers can apply for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice course. This is the next stage in the process of qualifying as a solicitor or advocate in Scotland.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates.

Course objectives

The main objectives of the Accelerated Graduate LLB course are to:

  • Develop fundamental in-depth knowledge and understanding of: the principles, concepts, values, substantive rules and development of the Scottish legal system and core areas of Scots law; the wider context within which the Scottish legal system operates; the main institutions and procedures of the Scottish legal system
  • Develop intellectual rigour, independence of mind, critical thought and legal problem-solving and research skills to a highly advanced level, as well as more general transferable intellectual skills which are of value in the practice of Law and a wide range of careers
  • Provide the in-depth knowledge, understanding and independent research skills needed to progress to further studies in Law, or in multi-disciplinary areas involving law
  • Provide our graduates with self-confidence, knowledge, understanding and skills that will provide added benefit to them as individuals, to the legal profession and to society as a whole

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.  Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (5.5 in all bands).

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Our range of pre-sessional courses.

Modes of study

Full-time: two years

Course start date

September

Application procedure

Applications for admission must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) for both home and overseas students to UK universities. To apply you will need a UCAS application form. For further information please refer to the UCAS website: www.ucas.com

UCAS code M115

Structure and content

The Accelerated Graduate LLB course is a two-year degree, with two semesters in each year. You will take all of the professional modules required by the Law Society of Scotland including, amongst others, modules on sources of law, contract, delict, family law, criminal law and different aspects of business law. You also have the chance to take three Honours level subjects to develop an even deeper understanding of the law in context. We have a wide range of options, including a number of business law related subjects, Intellectual Property Law, Prejudice and Discrimination options, Environmental Law, Energy Law, Competition Law, European Constitutional Law, Family Law Honours options and Alternative Commercial Dispute Resolution.

Delivery and assessment

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by class tests, essays, student presentations and final examinations which take place at the end of each semester. The coursework assessment methods and format of final examinations vary according to the specific requirements of each module. Every effort is made to develop key transferable skills in the delivery of teaching and the design of assessments.

Recommended reading

http://www.law.stir.ac.uk/Curr-undergrad/handbook

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
09:00   LAW9TR LAW9FL    
10:00 LAW9CC LAW9TR LAW9FL    
11:00          
12:00          
13:00   LAW9CC      
14:00   LAW9P2      
15:00   LAW9P2      
16:00          
17:00          

Module titles

The standard course is as detailed below. All of the listed modules must be completed.

In Semester 1 you will take:

  • Public Law & Legal System 1
  • Contract
  • Delict
  • Property Law

In Semester 2 you will take:

  • Public Law & Legal System 2
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Trusts & Succession

In Semester 3 you will take:

  • Legal Research Methods
  • Commercial Law 1
  • Evidence
  • Advanced Law module of choice*

In Semester 4 you will take:

  • Jurisprudence
  • Commercial Law 2
  • Two Advanced Law modules of choice*

*Students will take an additional 40 credits over the course of the programme.

Why study Law: Accelerated Graduate LLB at Stirling?

Course Director

Tikus Little

RAE rating

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 70 percent of the research at the Stirling Law School was of international quality, and the remainder was judged to be of at least national quality.

Strengths

The course enables graduates in any subject to obtain an LLB degree in two years. The degree is professionally accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates and can enable graduates to proceed to the next stage of qualifying as a lawyer in Scotland.

Our students

My first degree was in Biochemistry but my interest in studying law was sparked when I worked for a major public inquiry in Scotland after I left Canada to travel. I considered lots of different postgraduate options but the Accelerated LLB at Stirling appealed to me because the staff were so friendly and welcoming. From day one I wanted to be able to hit the ground running because it is a full on packed programme and I felt that the program at Stirling offered an environment that I could settle into quickly. The law staff were always approachable and helpful which is so important when you are doing four modules a semester rather than the usual three. I enjoyed my time at the Stirling Law School and am now a fully qualified solicitor working in infrastructure, planning and litigation. There is never a dull day in the job!

Kirsten Read

 

Our staff

Tikus Little studied law at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee and qualified as a solicitor in 1993, practising business law before joining the University. She has wide experience of learning and teaching, curriculum design and programme directorship while retaining strong links with the legal profession.

Career opportunities

We are keen to ensure that our courses are modern and relevant to employers and our professional modules are reviewed by solicitors and advocates to ensure that they are in line with requirements of current practice. We have also set up a Law Advisory Panel comprising employers from a number of businesses, including the legal profession to tell us what employers look for in graduates so that we can best equip you for your chosen career.

The Accelerated LLB is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and by the Faculty of Advocates. In addition, a number of other professional bodies will grant exemptions from some of their exams to LLB graduates, including the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

We invite employers to regular law careers events throughout the duration of the course, including representatives from major law firms, the Government Legal Service of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life, the In-House Lawyers Group and voluntary bodies such as CAB to advise our students on career options.

Our LLB graduates go into a wide range of careers. Those who have gone on into Scottish legal practice have gone to firms such as:

  • Brodies LLP
  • Balfour & Manson LLP
  • ACH Shoosmiths
  • CMS Cameron Mckenna
  • Cowan Douglas
  • DWF Biggart Baillie
  • Digby Brown LLP
  • Katani and Co

and are practising in all areas of law including property, criminal defence, private client, commercial and corporate law.

Graduating with a LLB does not necessarily mean that you have to progress into the legal profession.  An LLB is a solid foundation upon which to base a career in a variety of different fields. Currently some of our graduates are working in roles such as:

  • PR Account Executive
  • Assistant Language Teacher
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Tax Adviser
  • Business development Manager
  • Financial compliance manager

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Funding

Self-funded


Fees 2014/5

Overseas students (non-EU)£ 11,000.00
Scottish and EU students£ 5,950.00
Students from the rest of the UK£ 5,950.00

Fees 2014/15

Overseas students (non-EU) £11,000.00
Scottish and EU students £5,950.00
Students from the rest of the UK £5,950.00

Please note: only students on the full undergraduate programme qualify for SAAS funding, Accelerated programme students are applicable for a student loan but not fees.