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.
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.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
Of the many reasons students come to Stirling, such as academic reputation and research standards, one factor is always cited: the outstanding beauty of the University's Stirling campus. View our online films to get a picture of what it's like to live and study on our beautiful campus.
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INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language 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.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
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.
The main aims of the LLB are to:
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.
During the first five semesters, you are introduced to the fundamental areas of law. Core modules include:
From Semester 5 onwards, you can select advanced modules from a range of specialist legal topics, including:
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 LLB (Honours) is available as a full-time and part-time degree course.
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
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.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.
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:
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.
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.
The Law School runs a number of career events and activities throughout the programme:
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:
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:
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,555.00|
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|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
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|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.
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.
Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information