Law: BA

Study Law and graduate with a university degree

As well as the LLB qualification, we offer two BA (Hons) degrees: one in Business Law and one in Law.

What are the advantages of studying law as a BA? Firstly, it means you develop even further the intellectual skills needed for what is a demanding yet rewarding subject. These include autonomy, determination, intellectual curiosity, clear thinking and concise expression. All are highly valuable, whatever profession you pursue.

Secondly, it’s also a chance to study a range of subjects reflecting the importance of law in all areas of society. For example, our Business Law BA enables you to develop a thorough understanding of the way law and regulation shape and influence the business world. Similarly the BA Law enables you to understand how law interacts with society.

UCAS Codes
BA (Hons) in Business Law (UCAS M221)
BA (Hons) in Law (UCAS M110)

Entrance requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points

Other qualifications

Year one entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.
Advanced entry
Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in Legal Studies. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for more information.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.
Law at Stirling is committed to widening access to Higher Education.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those students who do not meet the required criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language skills

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).

Course contact

Lorraine Wilson University of Stirling
+ 44 (0) 1786 467354

Course Director

Lorraine Wilson

Find out more

Degree course

This degree is particularly suited to students who are seeking a university education in law and who wish to pursue a career in business.

You may pursue a Bachelor's degree, General degree or Honours degree in Business Law.

Semesters 1 – 3

You are introduced to the fundamentals of Business Law. Core modules incorporate:

  • Legal System
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Delict
  • Partnership Law
  • Company Law
  • Insolvency Law
  • Legal Process
  • Law of Commerce

Semesters 4 – 8

You will select advanced modules from a range of specialist legal topics. These include:

  • Law of Banking and Finance
  • Insurance Law and Regulation
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Collective Labour Law
  • Competition Law
  • Sports Law
  • Company Law
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Journalism and the Law

This degree provides a broad university education in law in a wide range of areas, such as crime, the family, business, the media, and government.

You may pursue a Bachelor's degree, General degree or Honours degree in Law.

Semesters 1 – 3

You are introduced to the fundamentals of law. Core module options incorporate:

  • Legal Systems and Process
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Delict
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Law and Government

Semesters 4 – 8

You will select advanced modules from a range of specialist legal topics. These are shared with the BA Business Law and include:

  • Alternative Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • European Constitutional Law
  • Prejudice, Discrimination and the Law

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered via lectures and seminars. You will undertake independent research supervised by a member of staff, presenting a substantial dissertation on a legal topic of your own choice in your final year.

Reading list

  • Black, G, Business Law in Scotland, (2nd edn., 2010)
  • Himsworth C.M.G. and O'Neill C.M. , Scotland's Constitution: Law and Practice (2nd edition, 2009), , Tottel 
  • Hepple, B, Equality: The New Legal Framework, Hart, 2011
  • Davidson and McGregor, Commercial Law in Scotland, (2nd edn., 2008) Thomson W Green,  
  • Sutherland, E. Family Law Basics, (2nd edn, 2008), W Green

Combined degrees

Law can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
Accountancy (with Business Law) MN24
Business Studies MN11
Criminology MM91
French RM11
History MV11
Human Resource Management MN16
Marketing MN15
Politics ML12
Spanish MR14

(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)

Related degrees

Accountancy; Business Studies; Criminology; Economics; Finance; History; Human Resource Management; Marketing; Philosophy; Politics

Our BA courses have been developed by leading academics with strong research profiles and a commitment to excellence.

Study abroad

You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.


The School has a strong reputation for excellence in research. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, five percent of our research was judged to be ‘world leading’, 35 percent of ‘international excellence', 30 percent of’ international quality’, with the remaining 30 percent of at least national quality. Staff research is used for the benefit of students in teaching.


The BA degrees offer strength and depth in law while allowing you to take advantage of the Stirling system which is designed to allow students to take second and third subjects in Year 1 and Year 2. If doing Single Honours, you then specialise entirely in law or business law but those on Combined degrees develop both law and their second chosen specialism together. This variety is a key feature of the BA degrees here. It means that even if you choose to do a single Honours degree, you will also study other subjects: the range available includes languages, management, economics, criminology, psychology, politics, the environment and much more. This gives our BA students the great advantage of a diverse and varied education and the ability to place legal studies in a wider social or business context.

Study with the people who have written the books: The individual law and business law modules have been designed by staff who publish and research in key areas linked to the module. For example, both courses begin with An Introduction to Law and Business Law and the Course Director has written a key chapter in the textbook which accompanies the module and which was written with the specific requirements of this programme in mind. If you do Business Law you will go on to use the key textbook co-written by our Professor Davidson and if you do Law then you will be using a key text in family law written by our Professor Sutherland.
Develop your research potential with our excellent research staff: the course offers a wide range of Honours options in Years 3 and 4 too and these are taught by staff who are experts in their field. You will often use their original research in your own research into subjects as diverse as child law, environmental law, commercial arbitration, labour law, European law, discrimination law and sports law.

The culmination of your Honours degree is the dissertation process in the final year of the Honours courses which allows you to get your teeth into a topical subject in law and to develop your own research skills even further. We have supervised dissertations in a wide range of subjects from the banking crisis to father’s rights to the regulation of genetically regulated crops and all points in between.

Students on these programmes go on to work in a wide range of careers. For example, those who graduated in the past five years reported employment as:

  • Sales and marketing executive
  • Conference events co-ordinator
  • Business growth manager
  • Revenue and benefits officer
  • Trainee accountant
  • Factoring consultant
  • Book manager
  • Tutor

Employers include:

  • Aviva Insurance
  • Clackmannanshire Council
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Glasgow City Council
  • NHS Forth Valley
  • Govan Law Centre

Our students

At the School of Law students are more than just another faceless number - the students here are recognised as key to a future, vibrant, progressive society where through excellent tuition and guidance, all students are given the opportunities to subsequently enter their desired industry and discipline with the firmest grounding from any Scottish university. Teaching and support staff at the School actually care about the students: taking time to offer encouragement and support to pursue specific research/ discipline interests; offering time to explain often complex legal points and cases; making students aware of conferences or seminars that may benefit individual students; and take time out of their very busy research, administrative, academic and publishing commitments to support the Student Law Society; those students who harbour the desire to 'give back to the community'; or even those who wish to debate the most esoterical issues.

Yvonne Gilfillan BA (Hons) Criminology and Law, graduated 2009.

Our Staff

Lorraine Wilson qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and worked for many years as a commercial Lawyer in private practice as well as in the public sector. She teaches on the BA Business Law modules and also Commercial Law for the LLB. She further teaches Insurance Law & Regulation and Company Law at 3rd and 4th year levels.

Full details of all Law staff can be found here.

94% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2012/13).

Career opportunities

Our graduates have successful careers in management, banking and financial services and accounting.

Graduates wishing to enter the Scottish legal profession must take a professionally accredited LLB as a second degree. You’ll be eligible to take the two-year Accelerated Graduate LLB in our School. Those wishing to practise law in England and Wales must complete a postgraduate conversion course.

Skills you can develop through this course

Written communication: you will learn how to construct well argued, well structured essays and reports which aim to get your points across as succinctly and clearly as possible.

Verbal communication: throughout the BA in Law/Business Law there are opportunities to give oral presentations (both assessed and unassessed) either individually or in teams to develop confidence in public speaking and debate.You are encouraged to develop reflective practice, and will take part in peer and self-assessment 

Problem solving: you will be engaged in solving problems through tutorial work and will develop a problem solving toolkit during the degree. 

Legal research: the law is always changing and you will learn to identify and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using paper and electronic sources. You will be able to use relevant primary and secondary legal sources in your tutorial work, essays and ultimately your dissertation if you continue into Honours,

Analysis: learning about the law also requires the development of analytical and critical thinking. You will be able to bring together information and materials from a variety of different sources and recognise legal issues in relation to a topic as well as judge critically the merits of particular arguments. Further you will learn to present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions. 

Team working: you will work with others in preparing presentations, sharing ideas and skills with colleagues and learning the dynamics of group work. 

Personal organisation and Initiative: this degree requires you to manage a heavy workload and meet deadlines, culminating in the management and completion of a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice. 

Chances to expand your horizons 

The Law School runs a number of career events and activities throughout the programme:

  • Annual Careers in Law seminars showcase the wide range of career opportunities for law graduates and allow you to speak to alumni and other invited speakers on their experiences
  • Mini Law Fairs are held regularly throughout your degree to allow you to find out more about career opportunities
  • We organise seminars and workshops on interviews, CVs, internships, placements and psychometric testing with the Career Development Centre.
  • We issue weekly newsletters to all law students which  includes a ‘Focus on Careers’ section and publish a range of guides including, ‘Developing your Career and CV’ and more. 

Where are our graduates now?

Our graduates are currently contributing to the performance of the following organisations: 

  • FirstGroup plc
  • Tayburn Limited
  • Strathclyde Police
  • HSBC
  • Scottish Water
  • FIFA
  • Norwich Union
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

To provide you with an indication as to what you can do with your BA in Law degree, graduates entering into employment in the past few years are currently working as:

  • Business relation manager
  • Trainee Solicitor
  • Legal Counsel
  • Business Development manager
  • PR Account Executive
  • Business development manager

Some of our more established alumni are currently leading and shaping strategy across many different sectors – here is an example of how a few former students have advanced in their careers:

  • Senior Account Manager
  • Partner of Law Firm
  • Company Director
  • Financial Controller
  • Legal Advisor
  • Police officer
  • Business Specialist
  • Staff manager

Fees Bachelor of Arts in Law 2014/5

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,000.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Fees Bachelor of Arts in Business Law 2014/5

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,000.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.

Please note: Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

Law: BA
  • Degree award BA (Hons)
  • UCAS Code M221; M110
  • Type Full-time, Part-time
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