Law combines social science, ethics and political philosophy. It's not just a body of rules or knowledge - it also has its own methods, philosophies, culture and language. Of course, it’s also what vital institutions (the legal profession, the judiciary, courts, etc.) do.
The LLB is a specialist degree, covering all aspects of law. Our course - tailored to the Law Society of Scotland's requirements - is broad-based, intellectually challenging and rewarding. It’s available as an undergraduate degree and a two-year accelerated graduate degree. It can be either your first step towards becoming a lawyer, or - increasingly - a well rounded and prestigious degree with which to enter other fields.
LLB (Hons) UCAS M114
See also: Accelerated Graduate LLB
The Stirling LLB is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates, which are the professional bodies for Scots lawyers.
AABB - one sitting.
AAAB - two sittings.
General entrance requirements apply.
In addition to academic qualifications, personal statements and references will also be considered. The School of Law is committed to widening access to Higher Education and to the legal profession.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
Modes of study
The LLB (Honours) is available as a full-time and part-time degree course.
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The main aims of the LLB are to:
- provide substantial in-depth knowledge and understanding of:
- the principles, concepts, values and substantive rules of the Scottish legal system
- the wider context within which the Scottish legal system operates
- the main legal institutions and procedures of the Scottish legal system
- develop problem-solving and legal research skills, 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 and understanding needed to progress to further studies in law and a career as a solicitor or in multi-disciplinary areas involving law
- provide graduates with knowledge, understanding and skills that will provide added benefit to them as individuals, to the Scottish legal profession, and to society as a whole
Semesters 1 – 5
During the first five semesters, you are introduced to the fundamental areas of law. Core modules include:
- Public Law and Legal System
- Law of Contract
- Law of Delict
- Family Law
- Criminal Law
- Company and Commercial Law
- Property Law
- Trust and Succession Law
Semesters 5 – 8
From Semester 5 onwards, you can select advanced modules from a range of specialist legal topics, including:
- Legal Research Methods
- Labour Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Information Technology Law
- Environmental Law
- International Trade Law
- Competition Law
- Sports Law
- Child Law
- Prejudice, Discrimination and the Law
- Collective Labour Law
- European Law
Teaching and assessment
Teaching on the LLB is delivered via a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by examination and coursework. You will undertake independent research supervised by a member of staff, presenting a substantial dissertation in your final year. Throughout the LLB, you are encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught and learned and to broaden your individual knowledge and understanding of law.
If you are interested in studying for the Stirling LLB, a good introduction is Hector MacQueen's book Studying Scots Law, (3rd edition) (LexisNexis Butterworths).
The Stirling Law School is innovative, dynamic and vibrant, and offers a wide range of degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is small and friendly and staff and students get to know each other quickly.
The Stirling Law 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.
Those graduating with the Stirling LLB demonstrate high levels of legal knowledge and ability, general transferable intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, critical judgement, evaluation and autonomy, as well as important key skills including communication and literacy. Such skills make our graduates attractive to employers in the legal profession and many other fields.
Academic staff at the Stirling Law School are actively involved in research and publish widely in their areas of expertise. Staff research is used for the benefit of students in teaching and staff subject specialisms include the following:
- International Commercial Law
- Scots Private Law
- Family and Child Law
- Public and Administrative Law
- European Union Law
- Employment and Trade Union Law
- Discrimination Law and ‘Hate’ Offences
- Environmental Law
- Entertainment Law
- Sports Law
- Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
When as an A level student I decided to study Law, the University of Stirling really stood out. Not only did it have an excellent School of Law but its inspirational campus and facilities persuaded me to spend the next four years of my life here.
I believe that getting a quality degree is the number one reason for going to university. However I also feel that personal development is very important when it comes to finding a future career. Stirling not only provided me with superior qualifications, it also provided me with a range of life skills that will always benefit me.
When I came here as an undergraduate in 2006, the School of Law was in its infancy. Now it boasts many legal academics who are highly respected and acclaimed – not only in Scotland, but internationally. It has fantastic staff who really care about their students’ futures and I believe it will go from strength to strength. On reflection, I’m extremely proud to have been a part of it.
Grant Hassasn – LLB graduate
Tikus Little is Director of LLB courses, and is a former practising Solicitor. She studied law at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, qualifying as a solicitor in 1993, practising business law before joining the University. She has a wide experience of learning and teaching, curriculum design and programme directorship while retaining strong links with the legal profession.
94% of University of Stirling 2012 graduates have found work, or are in a
further programme of study within 6 months of graduation. The Telegraph
ranks Stirling in the top 12 UK universities for getting a job.
Graduation with the Stirling LLB will enable those who wish to practise law as Scottish Solicitors to apply for places on one of the postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice courses run by a number of Scottish universities; this is the next stage in the process of qualifying as a solicitor in Scotland. It should be noted that entry to any of the Diploma courses and then obtaining a training contract with a firm of solicitors are both highly competitive: it should not be assumed that obtaining an LLB will lead automatically to a career as a lawyer. Those wishing to practise law in England and Wales will have to complete a postgraduate conversion course.
Increasingly, LLB graduates are choosing to pursue careers in areas such as banking, insurance, accounting, the civil service, the police force and education. The LLB is widely recognised as a rigorous degree that develops important skills, and is valued highly by employers.
Skills you can develop through this course
- Writing: 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.
- Speaking: LLB students take part in moots (legal arguments) and presentations during the degree to develop confidence in public speaking and legal debate.
- Problem solving: you begin learning how to solve legal problems from Day 1 and develop a problem solving toolkit during the degree.
- Legal research: law is a fast moving and dynamic subject and employers expect law graduates to be able to find and keep up to date with the law. You will undertake lots of activities to equip you to do that.
- Analysis: graduates need to be able to think, to question and to challenge, not simply regurgitate information and this degree includes many opportunities to develop critical thinking and analysis.
- Team working: you will work with others in presentations and moots, sharing ideas and skills with colleagues and learning the dynamics of group work.
- Personal organisation and Initiative: this challenging 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.
Widening 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 ‘Getting a Traineeship’, ‘Developing your Career and CV’ and more.
Where are our graduates now?
Many of our graduates go on to study the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice which is the next step towards qualification as a solicitor or advocate in Scotland or go on to take Masters degrees to develop their expertise in particular areas.
Those who have gone on into Scottish legal practice have gone to firms such as:
- Katani and Co
- Brodies LLP
- Balfour & Manson LLP
- ACH Shoosmiths
- Cowan Douglas Law
- DWF Biggart Baillie
- Digby Brown LLP
And are practicing 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. A 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